Alumni Services


Things to share - April 2020

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

1. You can keep up to date with our response to Covid-19

Want to know how the University is responding to the current global crisis? Head over to our dedicated website, where you'll find out about the work of researchers, activities of our student community, and commentary and advice from our experts.

Our Covid-19 response

2. Our new graduates have joined the frontline

2020 final-year medics group photo
2. Our 2020 medics cohort pictured pre-pandemic social distancing guidelines

We're very proud of final-year medical students who have graduated from the University early to join the frontline fight against Covid-19. Some 200 newly qualified Edinburgh graduates will have the opportunity to join the NHS workforce sooner than they would have anticipated, as part of the UK’s response to the virus.

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The graduating medics' video response to a dancing professor will raise a smile

3. We can help you stay active

The University's Centre for Sport and Exercise has some great resources available to help you keep both physically and mentally fit. From home workouts to mood boosting activities, there's something for everyone.

Keep active

4. There's a new online course for frontline workers

We've designed a new online course for frontline clinical staff who are caring for critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The course aims to teach workers how to manage critical care patients whilst protecting yourself and your peers, and is available now.

COVID-19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application

5. Graduates are inspiring kids with stories

Graduates Jonathan and Lorna
5. Free your imagination with Lorna Rose Treen and Jonathan Oldfield

Graduates Lorna Rose Treen and Jonathan Oldfield have launched #dreamOut- a weekly online storytelling resource for parents and their children. Each week, the couple will provide a new story, along with visuals, questions and inspiring activities designed to stimulate our children's imaginations.

Stories this way

6. Our community is talking

Lockdown quizzes, nostalgic threads, fun games and shared experiences - our online channels are buzzing with chat, opinions and memories. Join them:




7. CLOSES AND OPENS a film by Sapphire Goss, premieres 30 April

Film still: Cranes over the Old Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
7. Cranes over the Old Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. A still from 'OPENS AND CLOSES' premiering on 30 April on YouTube.

In 2018 Sapphire Goss started work on a film about how an old hospital was regenerating as an institute for the future. The Edinburgh Futures Institute is, just like the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh before it, designed to be open to everyone. While the Infirmary was built to isolate one kind of contagion, the Institute meant to promote another, a contagion of ideas to help us live with the future. But how do you see the future or, for that matter, the past?

 Online film premiere details

8. We're producing new face shields

Innovative face shields for key workers fighting Covid-19 can be made more quickly than other guards thanks to laser-cutting technology. Technicians at the University developed the shields – which take around 70 seconds to produce – to help meet unprecedented demand for protective gear during the pandemic.

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9. The Business School is 100 - celebrate with us

Alumni 100 Virtual Conference - 15 May
9. Alumni 100 - Positive Leadership During a Global Crisis

We're celebrating 100 years of teaching business with a number of special events that give you a chance to connect with alumni from the Business School. Our Alumni 100 Virtual Conference on Positive Leadership During a Global Crisis will be one of the key events during our celebrations and we're inviting the whole alumni community.

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10. Postgraduate Online Learning Open Days (6 and 7 May 2020)

Find out all you need to know about studying online with the University of Edinburgh.

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