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 2013/14

Date Event
8 Oct‘Sounds of Silence on Coping with Deafness’ Sarah Kilbey MBE
12 Nov‘Prestonpans Tapestry’ Arran Johnston
19 NovVisit to Greyfriars Kirk
3 Dec‘The Georgian House’ Sheonagh Martin
8 DecUniversity Carol Service
10 DecChristmas Lunch
14 Jan‘The Allure of Antartica’ Louise Cunningham
11 Feb‘Why does an Old Professor Care About a chap called Rupert Bear’ Alan Murray
11 Mar‘The Ministry of the Street Pastors’ Alastair McKenzie
18 MarVisit to the Portrait Gallery Queen Street
22 AprAGM and Re-appraisal Meeting
6 MayVisit to The Water of Leith Visitor Centre
10 JunSummer Outing - Venue TBA

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