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10 things for August 2019

This month's essential news, events and opportunities for alumni.

1. Alumni first in Kentucky

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1. Our first alumni event in Kentucky

We're holding an Edinburgh alumni event in Louisville, Kentucky - the first in the area! If you can, join us on 23 September.

More information

2. Apply for the British Council Study UK Alumni Awards

British Council Alumni Awards 2019
2. Could you be an award winner?

The Study UK Alumni Awards are open to alumni living outside of the UK. They celebrate the outstanding achievements of alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education. Award winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, professions and countries.

Share your story and inspire others

3. Alumna Honoured at the Human Rights and Nursing Awards

Yusrita Zolkefli
3. Congratulations to alumna Yusrita

Yusrita Zolkefli, lecturer in nursing and midwifery in the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Brunei, Darussalam, has beeen awarded for her work promoting human rights. 

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4. Ruth Davidson to give lecture

Ruth Davidson
4. An evening of political discourse with Ruth

Ruth Davidson, Scottish Conservative MSP for Edinburgh Central and Leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party (and Edinburgh alumna) will give the next Mountbatten Lecture on 12 September  in Old College - tickets are free.

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5. Survey to shape future dementia treatments

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5. Dementia research continues to develop

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh are asking people to take part in a new survey that could help shape future treatments for dementia.

Find out more

6. Tales of love and war win centenary book awards

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6. Celebrating 100 years of the James Tait Black Prizes

A biography of a distinguished war correspondent and a novel about personal relationships amid political turmoil, have won the centenary awards of Britain’s oldest literary prizes.

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7. Blair's thoughts on sustainability

Blair Minchin
7. Blair's takes his social conscience to the classroom

Blair Minchin graduated from the University’s Moray House of Education and now works as a primary school teacher. He's been blogging about his inventive methods of embedding awareness about sustainability in his teaching.

Read Blair's blog

8. Open Edinburgh

Photo from the University of Edinburgh's 'Women in Espionage' editathon series
8. An editathon in action

We are hosting an event on 28 September to celebrate Open Source at the University. It's in two parts: the first is a Wikipedia Editathon that will aim to create and edit pages on University of Edinburgh alumni from various backgrounds and disciplines. After a free lunch, we will have various talks focusing on different aspects of Open Source, from viewpoints ranging from an individual student trying to contribute, to a large organisation using Open Source for its products. Both parts of the event must be booked seperately:

Wikipedia Editathon

Talks and presentations

9. Royal Bank of Scotland Scottish Varsity Rugby Matches

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9. Join us at the rugby

The 2019 Royal Bank of Scotland Scottish Varsity Rugby Matches will take place on Saturday 21 September from 3pm. This fantastic spectacle will see the Edinburgh University men’s and women’s rugby teams take on their ancient rivals from St Andrews on the International Pitch at BT Murrayfield.  

Find out more

10. Non-executive Directors Programme

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10. The NXDs Programme returns

The Non-executive Directors (NXD) programme returns for 2019 to give participants a practical understanding of the key issues every NXD should be aware of. It starts on 12 September.

More information

And the University of Edinburgh Business School's Professor John Amis has written a thought-piece with NXDs in mind called ' Playing a Stronger Role in Responsible Business'.

Read Professor Amis's thoughts

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