10 things for March 2019
This month's essential news, events and opportunities for alumni.
1. Award for alumnus
Dr Amal Bholah, a 2017 graduate of Global eHealth, has won the Entrepreurial Award at the British Council Alumni Awards 2019. Amal, who is based in Mauritius, is a medical doctor who founded Smart Health, a mobile app that aims to make healthcare services more accessible, affordable and efficient.
2. March with us in New York
Once again the University and the Alumni Club of New York will be taking part in New York City's Tartan Day parade through Manhattan - and you can join us! It's on Saturday 6th April and registration is free and simple.
3. Lecture hall rebrand celebrates donor's support
Leading businesswoman and IT pioneer Dame Stephanie Shirley has been recognised for her commitment to philanthropy aimed at improving understanding of autism and other developmental conditions by having a prominent University lecture theatre at the Medical School renamed in her honour.
4. Cal's plastic crusade continues
Back in November we interviewed alumna Cal Major (Clinical Veterinary Medicine 2012) about her solo paddleboard voyage from Land's End to John O'Groats to highlight the effects of plastic debris on UK beaches. Now Cal has taken part in Stand Up for Our Seas 2019, which saw her and four other women paddle 100km around the Maldives to explore and identify the threats faced by the environment and marine life from plastic pollution, ghost fishing gear, and climate change. Well done Cal!
5. Make sense of sustainability
Advanced Sustainability Programme is a dynamic three-day programme that aims to further equip attendees to strategically deal effectively with the challenges posed by sustainability and enhanced organisational performance. It takes place on Tuesday 21 May–Thursday 23 May 2019 in the University of Edinburgh Business School, and booking is available now.
6. £79m supercomputer set to boost UK capability
The University is to host a £79 million national supercomputer that will be five times quicker than the UK’s current capabilities. The supercomputer is hundreds of thousands of times more powerful than a traditional desktop computer and will be used to run massive research simulations.
7. Principal formally opens China medical campus
Professor Peter Mathieson has officially opened a campus in China that will translate medical research into technologies to improve healthcare. He joined staff and students at the Haining campus near Shanghai to mark the formal launch of the Zhejiang University-University of Edinburgh (ZJE) Institute.
8. Economics alumni evening with John Kay
This event will provide an opportunity for alumni to connect with each other and with current staff and students in the School of Economics. It falls on the 10th anniversary of the formation of the School and also marks the launch of the Edinburgh Economics Alumni Group. The evening will feature a keynote speech by Professor John Kay.
9. Take in a show
Edinburgh College of Art is delighted to announce that tickets for its Peformance Costume Show (held on 17 & 18 May) will be available from 1 April, while tickets for Front Row: ECA Fashion Show (held on 23 May) will be available from 15 April. These shows are always very popular so don't miss out on the chance to be part of these visually stunning shows.
10. Open days for online learners
If you're interested in studying online with us, our Online Learning Open Days on 24 and 25 April 2019 will give you the chance to find out more. Experts will be on hand to answer your questions about online learning.
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