Alumni Services


10 things for February 2020

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

1. Being Edinburgh, the vote

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1. Vote for your winner

You can now vote for your winner of the 2020 Being Edinburgh award. The award celebrates people who are making a difference and whose actions positively affect others. The online vote is open to all alumni, staff and students.

Meet the finalists and vote

2. Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Festival 2020

The Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Festival 2020 takes place on 18-20 March. It has something for anyone curious about creativity and neuroscience. The programme provides an opportunity to utilise collections, archives and current research across the themes of creativity, neuroscience and psychology.

Festival programme

3. Postgraduate Virtual Open Week

Join us between 16 - 20 March for a range of online sessions that will allow you to find out more about our on campus postgraduate programmes, from wherever you are, through an online platform.

Find out more

4. A message to China

Students and staff at the University of Edinburgh have sent a special video message of support to people in China following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus: 

Video: Message to China following coronavirus outbreak
Message to China following coronavirus outbreak

5. The Insights Programme

5. Take part in the Insights Programme

Are you passionate about what you do and would enjoy the opportunity to share your expertise and experiences with students? Perhaps you’d like to get involved in the University's Insights Programme, 1 - 5 June 2020. Insights helps undergraduate students who may have faced barriers accessing university or those from under-represented groups to develop confidence, skills and connections to prepare for their career journey through meeting Edinburgh alumni – in central Scotland and host cities London, Brussels, Singapore, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Washington DC.   

You can find out more about the programme here. If you’re interested in getting involved, please get in touch with the Insights team to find out more at

6. Community grant scheme hits £200k milestone

A clinic for homeless people's pets, a data literacy club and a choir for refugees are among recent local projects to be backed by University grants.

More information

7. University joins forces with Charteris Centre

The University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Greyfriars Charteris Centre to support the local community.

Find out more

8. New MOOC tackles data ethics

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8. Consider the ethics of data and AI on our new MOOC

Our future is here and it relies on data. Predictive policing, medical robots, smart homes and cities, artificial intelligences - we can all think about how any of those could go wrong. And you can discover how we can build a future where they are done right by enrolling on the new MOOC: 'Data Ethics, AI and Responsible Innovation'.

More information

9. EUSSC's 2020 Club Reunion Weekend

Calling all former members Edinburgh University Snowsports Club! The Club will be hosting a reunion day for alumni and current members on Saturday 23 May, including a barbeque and ceilidh. More details can be found on the Facebook event page:

More details

10. Join the Boat Club at Henley

The Edinbugh University Boat Club would like to invite alumni to a reception at the Henley Royal Regatta on Saturday 4 July - a great opportunity for a class celebration! For more information or to RSVP email


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