Strategy 2030


Our ethos of working without boundaries will deliver a step change in innovation and research.


We will strengthen our ability to generate new knowledge through primary research and provide ever better education and training for exceptional early career researchers. We will be the catalyst for new industry programmes and businesses that deliver benefit to societies around the world.

We will do all of this while being critically aware of the ethical, legal and regulatory responsibilities of research. We will openly communicate our research findings to the public, governments and funding agencies.

We will strive to make our research even more interdisciplinary and international, to address social and global challenges including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

We will create initiatives in a variety of areas including justice, data science, environmental sustainability, mental health and wellbeing, ageing and dementia, human rights, and global governance, driven by new collaborative research communities. Working in open facilities, researchers, students, the public sector and companies will ‘breathe the same air’ and solve major challenges side by side.

The University’s student society HYPED includes more than 200 students from various academic disciplines. Together they share a vision to accelerate the development of Sir Richard Branson and Elon Musk’s Hyperloop and implement the technology in the UK.

There are a lot of really ambitious students at Edinburgh, and at HYPED we are working together to try to do something interesting for our careers and the wellbeing of the world.

Adam Anyszewski, HYPED President 2018

HypED's prototype Hyperloop travel pod. Photo credit: Brian Chong.
HypED's prototype Hyperloop travel pod. Photo credit: Brian Chong.