Alumni Services

June '18 bulletin

Our alumni-oriented round-up of news, events and opportunities for June 2018, updated throughout the month.

1. Alumni view library treasures

Alumni survey library treasures
1. Alumni survey library treasures

Alumni gathered at the University on 9 June for the General Council Half-Yearly Meeting and Lunch. The afternoon also included several special events, including speeches on the past, present and future of the Library by some of the University's top librarians; a chance to meet students whose projects have been funded by alumni donations; and a six-stop tour of the Main Library, including rare treasures from the special collections. The General Council exists as the voice of graduates in the running and development of the University, and all graduates are members.

The General Council

2. University says 'thank you!'

Donors at the thank you event enjoying tea in Old College quad and a tour of Talbot Rice gallery
2. Rich tea and modern art for the University's supporters

The University held a series of special events on 6 June to say 'thank you' to its many supporters. Alumni and friends who donate to the Edinburgh Fund or have made a pledge to remember the University in their Wills were invited to a sunkissed tea party in Old College quad. They also heard talks from the Principal, Professor Peter Mathieson, and a student who has been supported by an alumni-funded scholarship, while there were also visits to St Cecilia's Hall and to view the current exhibitions in the Talbot Rice Gallery. Donations to the Edinburgh Fund are channelled into scholarships and special University projects, while those who pledge a legacy in their Wills become members of The Carlyle Circle.

The Edinburgh Fund

The Carlyle Circle

3.Edinburgh ranked in world top 20

old College
3. A world-class university

The latest international university rankings have reaffirmed Edinburgh’s position as a leading global institution. The QS World University Rankings 2019 have placed the University 18th in the world. This puts Edinburgh fifth in the UK, and once again in the highest position of any Scottish university.

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4. Acclaimed artist offers creative insights

Tacita Dean
4. Tacita Dean will visit Edinburgh

Renowned artist Tacita Dean is to offer a personal perspective on her highly respected work during a lecture at Edinburgh College of Art. The Tuner Prize nominee – best known for creating atmospheric films – will deliver the fifth annual Andrew Carnegie Lecture on 4 July.

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University events

5. Alumni, staff and students hit the red carpet

This year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival will feature more work by Edinburgh staff, students and graduates than ever before. Running 20 June to 1 July, the festival's wide-ranging programme includes 11 films whose directors are current students or graduates from Edinburgh College of Art’s (ECA) film department.

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6. Stem cell therapy mends broken hearts

Stem cell
6. Pioneering stem cell research continues

Heart attack survivors are benefiting from a pioneering therapy involving stem cells harvested from their own blood. A pilot study involving seven patients found the treatment can repair heart tissue damaged after the initial attack.

More about the study

7. Drama prize shortlist unveiled

Photo of The James Tait Black Prize co-ordinators Mhairi Morrison and Rosaleen Nolan, both reading books
7. Nominees are in for the James Tait Black Drama Prize

Themes of feminism and politics run deep in this year’s James Tait Black Prize for Drama shortlist. The four diverse dramas, whose stories span more than 450 years, chart the lives of people from key moments in history and explore the legacy of personal sagas.

Find out who's nominated

8. Aspirin’s anti-cancer effects revealed

Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre chemistry lab
8. Another breakthrough in cancer research

Researchers have shed light on how taking aspirin can help to stave off bowel cancer. Experts found that the painkiller blocks a key process linked to tumour formation.

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9. Principal in London

Professor Peter Mathieson
9. The Principal will join alumni in London

Founded in June 1864, the Edinburgh University Club London holds a varied programme of social events in and around London throughout the year. Their next event is the Club’s Annual Dinner on Monday 16 July 2018 featuring Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University, as keynote speaker. Membership is open to all alumni and if you would like further information please contact membership secretary, John Poynton, at or on 07885 433 039 or 01494 581 075.

10. Students help shape new centre designs

Student Centre designs go on show
10. Plans for the new Student Centre

Feedback from students has informed plans for an ambitious new hub that houses a range of support services.

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