Alumni Services


Things to share - November 2020

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

1. Podcast recognised in national awards

Sharing things, the podcast has been recognised as runner-up in the Guardian University Awards. The podcast, which brings together members of the University community in conversation, was listed in the Student Experience category and was commended for including students as part of the broader University community along with staff and alumni. 

Guardian University Awards - Student Experience

Meanwhile all epsiodes of season three of Sharing things are available to listen to now:

Sharing things, the podcast - season three

2. Every one is equal

An online talk by Lindy Richards, Textiles Programme Director at Edinburgh College of Art, on 2 December.  Discover the event and people behind the PROCESSIONS banner that has been donated to the University of Edinburgh Art Collection. This talk is part of the Carlyle Circle 30th anniversary online exhibition.

EVERY ONE IS EQUAL - event and booking details

3. Non-Executive Director Programme returns for 4th year

The Non-Executive Director programme - run by the University of Edinburgh Business School and FWB Park Brown - is led by experienced chairs and non-executive directors, and focuses on key issues which every non-executive director should be aware of and caters for those with interests in all types and sizes of organisation – listed, private, entrepreneurial, SMEs, public sector and not-for-profit.

This year’s programme will be held online and run from January to April. It will give participants a practical understanding of the key issues.

Non-Executive Director Programme - information and brochure

Register for the Non-Executive Director Programme

4. Curious Edinburgh

Curious Edinburgh is an app that provides mobile walking tours of Edinburgh's scientific and community heritage. UncoverED is a new tour that provides a public history of the lives and experiences of students of colour at the University throughout history, and is based on UncoverED’s growing database of alumni from Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

Curious Edinburgh - UncoverED tour

UncoverED database

5. Lyell - mapping a remarkable life

Join us for this special online event  and take a behind-the-scenes look at the geological collection of Sir Charles Lyell and his connection with Darwin and climate change research. Part of the Carlyle Circle 30th anniversary online exhibition.

Mapping a Remarkable Life: A virtual introduction to the Lyell Collection

6. Short courses

Fancy taking a short course in your spare time? Semester 2 of the University's offerings is now available for booking. The courses, starting in January 2021, range in subject from art and design to science and nature.

Browse short courses

Alumni discount on fees

7. Our community plan

Our Community Plan 2020-2025 sets out 32 practical commitments the University of Edinburgh is making to our local communities.

Our Community Plan

8. In the age of fake news, who can we trust for medical information?

The Edinburgh Medical Debate 2020: brought to you by Edinburgh Medical School in collaboration with the Edinburgh University Medical Students Council, join our expert panel online as they debate this very pertinent question.

Edinburgh Medical Debate 2020 - details and booking

9. A step close to recreating Logie Baird's TV

Logie Baird demonstrated the first television in 1926, but there has always been some mystery around its full components meaning a replica has never been built. Now, thanks to research by Edinburgh graduate Brandon Inglis and his colleagues, the discovery of a photocell known as “the Thalofide Cell” means that we are now a step closer to seeing a recreation of Logie Baird's machine. Brandon's research has been published online:

The Secret in the Box

10. Edinburgh student wins Bake Off

And finally, some cheerful news - University of Edinburgh student Peter Sawkins has become the youngest winner of the Great British Bake Off television competition, and the first Scottish winner. Congratulations to Peter!

Great British Bake Off - and the winner is...