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

New year honours for alumni

Lesley McAra
A criminology expert, an eminent theologist, 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.

Karen's advice for maths students

Dr Karen Meyer
Dr Karen Meyer (Mathematics 2008) recently participated in a 'speed networking' event with current students, part of the University's Alumni Insights project. We spoke with her about her time as a student and why she wants to volunteer her time.

Alumnus honoured at major US science awards

Dr Alan Healy
Dr Alan Healy (Biomedical Science 2011) has been named as an honouree at the 2017 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists, held by the prestigious New York Academy of Sciences.

Alumna's motivation to inspire students

Emily Goetsch
In the latest in our series of interviews with alumni who take part in Alumni Insights event to advise current students, Emily Goetsch explains how her own experiences as a student have motivated her to inspire others.

Your chance to get involved

Stuart Macpherson
Interested in becoming a member of the General Council Business Committee? This is your opportunity to make a difference and become part of the governance of the University.

Event celebrates Pathway to Enlightenment

Detail from fresco on ceiling of McEwan Hall
Around 600 guests recently visited McEwan Hall to see their name on the Pathway to Enlightenment and explore the renovated Hall.

University prepares for Africa Week 2017

Africa Week celebrates the University's engagement across the continent, with events running from 26 October until 1 November.

Ambitious plan for alumni relations under new Director

Director of Alumni Relations Grant Spence, in Old College
The University has appointed a new Director of Alumni Relations, who has plans to develop an engaging and innovative programme with wide appeal and real impact.

Q&A: Liv gives reassurance to current students

Olivia Launmench
Liv Laumenech is a 2015 graduate of Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating, Criticism and now works as Public Art Officer in the Centre for Research Collections. She recently took part in the University's Creative and Cultural Careers Festival, offering advice to current students interested in her field of work. We asked her about the experience.

Spotlight on robotics at London event

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar
University supporters and Carlyle Circle members recently joined Edinburgh experts in London for an afternoon exploring robotics.

Alumni help welcome new academic year

Welcome week event and Andrew Forsyth
Several alumni have taken part in Welcome Week events aimed at marking the new academic year and welcoming new students to the University.

Strengthening our Shanghai community

An event in Shanghai organised by alumna Sherry Wang met great enthusiasm from the vibrant community of Edinburgh graduates in and around the city.

Three change management mistakes to stop making now

A man surveys research results
Ahead of his masterclass on leading strategic change, Professor John Amis shares his take on the common pitfalls to avoid.

Upcoming careers fairs

Several employer information stands in the Pleasance Sports Hall at Edinburgh Graduate Recruitment Fair with students and employ
Recent alumni are invited to a series of upcoming careers fairs that will focus on an array of professions and sectors.

Why alumnus Rhys wants to inspire students

Rhys McKenna
Fashion graduate Rhys McKenna believes that current students can learn from his unique career path and choices, and has decided to share his wisdom with them at our Alumni Insights events. We spoke to him about his motivations and experiences.

Island life for dental couple

Amy and Scott Tulloch
Amy and Scott Tulloch met while studying at the Edinburgh Dental Institute. They now provide dental care for the majority of the population in Orkney, being committed to patient care in rural communities.