Alumni Services



All the latest news and regular updates from your alumni community.

April '18 bulletin

Alumni news briefing April 2018
Our alumni-oriented round-up of news, events and opportunities for April 2018, updated throughout the month.

March '18 bulletin

Alumni news briefing March 2018
A distinctly alumni-oriented round-up of news, events and opportunities for March 2018, updated throughout the month.

Send us your desk view

Take a photo of the view from your desk or work space for our alumni collage and it could appear in Edit magazine.

Cameron's sporting chances

Cameron McLay
Cameron McLay graduated from the University's Sport and Recreation Management course in 2016 and now works as Communications and Sponsorship Manager at Basketball Scotland. We asked him about his career and why he volunteers to advise current sports students.

Juiced the ticket

Nevin Stewart demonstrates his juicer
Alumnus Dr Nevin Stewart is the brains behind a new device that aims to deal with the huge wastage of garden apples grown in the UK.

Celebrating historical alumnae

Historical women alumni
On International Women's Day, we take a look at some of the Edinburgh alumnae who have made their mark in history.

February '18 briefing

Alumni News February 2018
A distinctly alumni-oriented round-up of news, events and opportunities for February 2018, updated throughout the month.

Ted's tips for a creative career

Ted Simpson
Ted Simpson (History 2016) has taken the perhaps unlikely career path to being an adventure filmmaker, creating action based narrative films for various industries. Here he shares his top five tips for students and graduates wishing to pursue a career in the creative industries.

Alumni at heart of Principal’s vision

Professor Peter Mathieson
Principal Professor Peter Mathieson has reached out to Edinburgh’s alumni community by insisting their input is integral to the future of the University.

Sustainability is the new innovation

A man surveys research results
Innovation is a crucial business success factor. It matters to both small and big, as well as new and old, businesses. Here Professor Kenneth Amaeshi explains that to remain competitive and sustainable, a business must embrace innovation and enable a culture for it.

Hard work and a Saturday job

Mairi Wilson (English Literature 2015) insists current students can learn from a work ethic that led to her dream job as a copywriter for an advertising agency. And she explains how a part-time job in a shoe shop helped, too.

Principal reflects on time in office

Timothy O'Shea
MOOCs, mergers and Mandarin Burns suppers - Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea is demitting office after 15 years. We invited him to reflect on his time at Edinburgh.

Alumni stand in committee elections

General Council 2018 Election candidates
Seven alumni are standing for positions on the General Council Business Committee, with elections taking place in February.

Magazine showcases University's influence

Edinburgh Friends magazine edition 9
Edinburgh Friends magazine lets the University's supporters know about the real impact of their philanthropic gifts. The latest edition includes articles that reinforce the University's varied and wide-reaching influence in research, teaching and the community.

Surprise teaching award for alumna

Katherine Watkins learns of her award
Katherine Watkins (MSc Literature and Modernity, 2009) is the recipient of a Milken Educator Award, which recognises excellent school teaching in the USA.

New year honours for alumni

Lesley McAra
A criminology expert, an eminent theologian, an advocate for Scottish arts and culture, and a history graduate who made his mark in the prison service, are among the alumni recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

General Council Meeting and Lunch

John James Chalmers
The next General Council Half-Yearly Meeting will take place on 24 February 2018 in McEwan Hall, and will feature speeches from both incoming Principal Professor Peter Mathieson, and sportsman John James Chalmers.

Historic campus site renamed in honour of wartime heroine

Inglis plaque
A medical pioneer who saved countless soldiers’ lives has been honoured by her former university 100 years after her death.

Royal Observatory welcomes Carlyle Circle

Carlyle Circle event at Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh opened its doors to Carlyle Circle members to help the University recognise their pledges to the future.

Celebrating Thanksgiving on campus

With exams looming, the chance to make a trip home to celebrate Thanksgiving is out of the question for most American students. We spoke to three, however, who made the most of celebrating the holiday in true Edinburgh style.