10 things for January 2019
This month's essential news, events and opportunities for alumni.
1. Improving the wellbeing of the homeless
The University has launched a partnership with several organisations to provide people with the necessary skills to work with the homeless. A new masters level course in Homeless and Inclusion Health – the first of its kind Scotland – is being launched next month.
2. Listen to the Revolutionaries
Revolutionaries is a podcast from Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh about people who have changed our world. We speak with academic experts who state the case for a revolutionary individual or group of their choosing.
3. Discover the uncovered
A new exhibition will celebrate the histories of students from Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and the Americas from as early as 1700. It's part of the UncoverEd project - led by PhD candidates Henry Mitchell and Tom Cunningham - that aims to to situate the ‘global’ status of the University of Edinburgh in its rightful imperial and colonial context. The exibition runs from 1 February in the Chrystal Macmillan Building.
4. Spanish memories
You can help celebrate 100 years of Spanish studies at the University of Edinburgh by contributing your memories. A commemorative exhibition will take place in the Main Library from 5 April.
5. John P. Mackintosh Memorial Lecture
The renowned lecture series will welcome David McAllister - prominent German politician and honorary graduate of the University of Edinburgh - to discuss: 'The European Union. What’s Next' on 25 February.
6. Health is up for discussion
Researchers are gearing up to share their expertise as part of a series of talks on health and disease. The events, which will cover kidney disease, air pollution and cancer, are open to the public.
7. Assistant Principal joins data skills push
Melissa Highton, the University's Assistant Principal Online, has been appointed to the Centenary Commission on Adult Education, which will consider the impact of societal changes and global challenges on the sector.
8. Edinburgh vet wins epic endurance race
Jasmin Paris has won the 268-mile Montane Spine Race ultramarathon in a time of 83 hours, 12 minutes and 23 seconds.
9. New Year's Honours for staff
Four staff members have been recognised in the Queen's New Year's Honours list 2019, representing all three Colleges.
10. Alumni celebrate Burns
Burns celebrations, hosted by our alumni clubs or in collaboration with partners, were held across the world this month. Events ranging from traditional Burns Suppers to informal toasts took place in Washington DC, New York, Toronto, Boston, Chicago, Chile, Denver, Los Angeles, Greenwich, Iceland, Uruguay, Paris, Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Each one was an opportunity to connect with fellow alumni and celebrate the life and work of Robert Burns.
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