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10 things for March 2019

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

1. Award for alumnus

Anul Bolah
1. Amal Bholah (right) receives his award at State House in Mauritius

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.

British Council Mauritius Alumni Awards

2. March with us in New York

Alumni march in the New York Tartan Day Parade April 2018
2. On the march in New York City

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.

Tartan Day information and registration

3. Lecture hall rebrand celebrates donor's support

Lecture hall rebrand celebrates donor's support
3. Shirley Hall officially opens

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.

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4. Cal's plastic crusade continues

Cal Majors and her team
4. Cal Major (left) and her team mates. Photo: James Appleton

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!

Our interview with Cal

Alumni Planetary Health Commitment

5. Make sense of sustainability

leaves in the shape of hands
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.

Advanced Sustainability Programme

Opinion: Pushing the Sustainability Agenda by Professor Kenneth Amaeshi

6. £79m supercomputer set to boost UK capability

super computer
6. Supercomputer boost

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.

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7. Principal formally opens China medical campus

China medical campus
7. A significant collaboration in China

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.

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8. Economics alumni evening with John Kay

John Kay Economics Alumni event
8. Join John Kay and Economics alumni

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.

Economics alumni evening

9. Take in a show

Stunning designs catch eye at fashion show
9. It's almost time for the ECA graduate shows

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.

ECA Performance Costume Show

Front Row: ECA Fashion Show

10. Open days for online learners

Structure and Courses
10. Learn about online learning

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.

Online Learning Open Days

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