10 things to share
Keeping alumni up-to-date with news, events and opportunities.
1. Celebrating Scotland Week
Scottish Gaelic and America: Two-way Traffic - join Professor Rob Dunbar, Chair in Celtic at the University of Edinburgh, to mark Scotland Week in the United States and Canada. In this talk Professor Dunbar will examine the history of Scottish Gaelic in America as well as the contributions of Americans to Gaelic culture and scholarship.
2. Postgraduate online learning open days
Every May we host Online Learning Open Days for those who are interested in pursuing one of our online postgraduate degree programmes.
This event is designed to provide you insight into the range of online learning programmes we offer and allow you to ask any questions you have. It also includes sessions hosted by our Student Support services to allow you to see how you will be supported during your studies.
This year's Online Learning Open Days will happen on 26 and 27 May 2021.
3. Study a free online course
We've launched a new website for our free online courses! Take a look and find a short course that suits you.
4. John W. Ballantyne Lecture: From Genes to Therapy in COVID-19
20 April 2021, in collaboration with the Royal College of Physicans of Edinburgh. This event will tell the story of the COVID-19 outbreak from the perspective of therapeutic development. The speaker will be Dr Kenneth Baillie, Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Anaesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Edinburgh. His outstanding work has placed genetic and genomic studies at the centre of our understanding of how infections may be mild or life-threatening.
5. Children, religion and the earth they will inherit
22 April 2021. Former President of Ireland, Dr. Mary McAleese, will deliver a virtual lecture in celebration of 175 years of New College.
In the last quarter of the twentieth century a radical new focus on childrens' rights culminated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is the most ratified convention in the history of the United Nations. Every member state of the UN is a State Party to the Convention with the exception of the United States. The Holy See which is the only religion to have UN Permanent Representative Status is a State Party. Among the rights the Convention insists belong to children are their right to freedom of conscience, opinion, belief and religion (including the right to change religion). How will these rights shape the childhoods of the twentyfirst century? In particular what do they mean for faith systems, education and parental rights?
6. MOOC: COVID-19 Critical Care
The University's specialist free course on Covid-19 Critical Care is still available to book through Future Learn. With it you can learn the principles and practice of critical care to treat and care for critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also went behind the scenes on how the course was put together.
7. Positive Imaginings
The University's Dr Elizabeth Vander Meers (Research and Policy Manager (Climate Change and Biodiversity)) has recently partnered with the Woodland Trust and NatureScot to support Rowanbank - an Edinburgh-based environmental arts and education social enterprise that uses outdoor theatre to engage children and to help them develop a "climate change circus" for children named Positive Imaginings. They have recently launched a crowdfund for extra support.
8. Fennell Lecture 2021
13 May 2021 by Professor Annette Gordon-Reed, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University. Weaving together American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, Annette Gordon-Reed provides a historian’s view of the USA’s long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African-Americans have endured in the century since, from Reconstruction through Jim Crow and beyond.
9. Commonwealth scholarships for distance learners
Forty postgraduate scholarships will be available in five online Master’s degree programmes starting this academic year. The scholarships will provide distance learning opportunities for postgraduate candidates from lower-middle income Commonwealth countries.
10. Video series helps book initiative make its mark
Engaging online content produced at Edinburgh is supporting a literacy and numeracy initiative that strengthens links between home and school learning.