Universities Retired Staff Association

Membership of The Universities Retired Staff Association (URSA) which was formed in 1983, is open to retired staff (and their partners) of both the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University.


The aims of the Association are to promote the fellowship and well-being of retired members of staff and to maintain their interest in University affairs.


Meetings, with a speaker, are held monthly from October to April on Tuesday afternoons at 2.15pm in the Chaplaincy Centre, 1 Bristo Square (opposite McEwan Hall).

During the session there are also three visits to local places of interest, a summer outing in June and a Christmas lunch.

There are 3 Newsletters sent out per year.


Membership TypeSingleJoint (with Partner)
One off£5.00£7.50

If you wish to apply for membership for the current session, please complete the application form available below and forward it with your cheque to the Treasurer at the address on the form.

If you have any other queries, or wish to be sent a paper copy of the form, now or at some time in the future, please email the Chairperson Annette Blane:

Programme 2015/16

Date Event
13 Oct‘The VSO in Rwanda’ Joan Nadeau
10 Nov‘Edinburgh’s Water Supply’ Graeme Cruickshank
17 NovVisit to Edinburgh Central Library
1 Dec‘Early Celtic Art in Scotland and Beyond: an archaeological view’ Fraser Hunter
6 DecUniversity Carol Service
8 DecChristmas Lunch
12 Jan‘Edinburgh’s Volcanic History’ Angus Miller
9 Feb‘Elsie Inglis (1864-1917)’ Iain Macintyre
8 Mar‘Gas Masks and Lipstick (Gulf War)’ Margaret Collingwood
15 MarVisit to Rosslyn Chapel
19 AprAGM and Re-appraisal Meeting
3 MayVisit to the Cottage and Glasshouse at Botanic Gardens
14 JunSummer Outing - Venue TBA

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