10 things for November 2019
This month's essential news, events and opportunities for alumni.
1. Welcome to our winter graduates
Our winter graduation ceremonies are taking place until Friday 29 November. To welcome our cohort of over 5,000 new graduates, we asked some recent alumni to answer those burning questions that everyone has at graduation time. Find out what they have to say about life and work after Edinburgh:
2. San Diego: Linguistics prof to join alumni
Geoffrey Pullum is the University's eminent professor of linguistics - and alumni living in San Diego have the chance to meet their fellow Californian at a special event on 4 December.
Did you know?
Edinburgh became twinned with San Diego in 1977. Despite being very different sizes (and having very different climates) both cities have similarly strong links with tourism thanks to the many museums, galleries, theatres and cultural hotspots.
3. Catch up with Sharing things
All episodes of Sharing things, our new student-produced podcast, are now available. This nine-part series explores Edinburgh people and what makes them tick through a conversation between two members of our university community. And look out for special Chistmas episode coming in December.
4. Parasites: Battle for Survival
It's a battle against five tropical diseases and the parasites that cause them in a new interactive exhibition. Visitors will discover how scientific research taking place in Scotland is leading the way in this field. A collaboration between the University's School of Biological Sciences and National Museums Scotland.
5. Give time – not stuff – this Christmas
Graduate Anya Hart Dyke tells the University's Visions Blog why she’s encouraging people to give the gift of time this Christmas.
6. School of Social and Political Sciences celebration
A special event on Wednesday 12 February invites school alumni to reconnect and will mark the official launch of the Alice Brown PhD Scholarships for 2019/20, a new flagship programme at the School supporting talented students who could not otherwise afford to pursue postgraduate study.
7. What's your Edinburgh song?
We asked graduates to tell us which song reminds them of their time as a student at Edinburgh. Can you guess which song this alumna chose?
It punctures every significant event in Edinburgh - ceilidhs, Burns' Night, New Years...
Find out by watching the video on YouTube, and don't forget to add your own favourite song in the comments:
8. Games may lead to sharper minds
This month's research pick is the news that an Edinburgh study suggests that people who play games – such as cards and board games – are more likely to stay mentally sharp in later life.
9. Digital ambassadors to local women
Every Thursday for six weeks, student volunteers from the Digital Ambassadors project have been tutoring local women in digital skills with the organisation Amina MWRC (Muslim Women’s Resource Centre).
10. Ancestral remains return to homeland
An elder from an ancient Sri Lankan tribe has taken part in a ceremony to mark the return of human remains to his homeland.
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