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Things to share - January 2021

Keeping alumni up-to-date with news, events and opportunities.

1. Partnering with Europe

Scotland House Brussels is delighted to be hosting a joint discussion between the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh, alongside the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and The Guild.

This conversation, taking place after confirmation of the UK's association to Horizon Europe, will focus on how the world-leading research undertaken by Scottish universities remains important and relevant to Europe. 

About the event and registration

We've also spoken to both the outgoing and incoming University Deans for Europe. In our interview, Professor Drew Scott reflects on his experiences and achievements as Dean International for Europe, while Dr Chad Damro looks to the future as he begins his new role at this crucial time.

Dean International for Europe: Interview with our outgoing and incoming Deans

2. Addressing contemporary and historic racism

The University has taken a number of important steps to strengthen its commitment to addressing contemporary and historic inequalities with respect to race. The Race Equality and Anti-Racist Sub-Committee, led by Professor Rowena Arshad, is undertaking a range of activity which aims to institutionalise racial equality, address structural racism and promote the inclusion of Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and students.

Find out more

3. RACE.ED’s new podcast: Undersong

RACE.ED is a cross-university network concerned with race, racialisation and decolonial studies from a multidisciplinary perspective. Its new podcast is 'Undersong – Race and Conversations Other-wise' and, in listening to the uncomfortable legacies of empire and coloniality that shape the present, serves as a local and global platform to exchange critical thought around race and the making of worlds otherwise.

Undersong podcast

4. Help celebrate 175 years of New College

The School of Divinity is hoping to reconnect with former students to help celebrate 175 years of New College. Do you have special memories you'd like to share for an upcoming online exhibition? Or maybe, you'd like to reconnect with former classmates and staff at one of the School's many virtual events.

Find out how you can get involved

5. Caribbean Week 2021

Caribbean Week is a series of events that celebrate the beauty and diversity that is found throughout the Caribbean. This student-led series will be held from the 7-14 February and is hopefully the first of an annual celebration.

Find out about the free events and register

6. Free course probes respiratory diseases

A new online course - Chronic Respiratory Diseases (CRD) in Primary Care Settings - allows you to explore diagnosis and management of respiratory disease using case studies from low resource settings.

Join the course for free (on Future Learn)

7. University to host Edinburgh International Book Festival

This year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival will be staged in conjunction with the University’s Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). The Festival will take place from Saturday 14 to Monday 30 August 2021 from its new home at ECA’s Lauriston Place building, where it will benefit from access to a range of indoor and outdoor venues, as well as broadcast studios and theatre space.

More about the Festival

8. University life after Brexit

The UK will change as a result of Brexit but the University of Edinburgh remains as committed as ever to European collaboration. Rooted in Scotland and open to the world, the University of Edinburgh has deep and significant ties with Europe, through its research, teaching, cultural collaborations and commercial ventures.

University life after Brexit

9. Maths institute receives £5m funding boost

The International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS) – a joint venture between the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University – received the funding from UK Research and Innovation. It is part of a £300m investment by the UK Government in the mathematical sciences.

More about the Centre and the funding

10. Fossil find helps crack baby tyrannosaur mystery

They are among the largest predators ever to walk the Earth, but experts have discovered that some baby tyrannosaurs were only the size of a Border Collie dog when they took their first steps.

The fossil find