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Things to share - October 2020

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

1. Postgraduate Virtual Open Days

You're invited to our Postgraduate Virtual Open Days, which will take place 9 - 13 November 2020. Hear about a variety of subjects across the University, and listen to special keynote speeches.

Programme of events and booking

2. Can our genes predict how Covid-19 will affect us?

There is still so much we don’t know about Covid-19. Join us online on 18 November with BBC Scotland’s Laura Maciver and critical care expert Dr Kenny Baillie to hear more about what genomics can tell us about how the body reacts to the Covid-19 virus.

Dialogues - event details

3. £2m donation to support regenerative medicine research

International philanthropist Martin KS Lee has announced a major commitment to the University of Edinburgh to boost research into tissue regeneration and repair.

How the donation will support research

4.  The Edinburgh Cultural Map

Edinburgh’s Cultural Map, created through a series of public participatory workshops in 2019 by the Culture and Communities Mapping Project, is now live to the public. The map displays a dataset of over 1,300 cultural spaces across the city.

More about the map and how to browse it

5. Nursing leadership

A pioneering project to equip nurses and midwives to tackle global healthcare challenges has been launched at the University.

The Edinburgh Global Nursing Initiative

6. The inside track from those leading the change

Big names from the energy sector, environmental campaigns, and global policymaking are set to share their thinking on the next major climate summit as part of an on-camera interview series being launched by the University of Edinburgh Business School this November.

COP26Cast, a series of on-camera interviews and Q&As 

7. Team honours legacy of MND research champion

A youth football side is teaming up with medical researchers to raise awareness of a devastating condition that affects the brain, in honour of Tam Agnew, the brother of club volunteer Sharon Wallace.

More on what the football team is doing

8. Volunteering to map green infrastructure in Edinburgh

Four community and alumni volunteers, Melanie Gillies, Judith Bull, Daniela Izquierdo and Cat Andrade-Robertsen, share their experience of volunteering to map green and blue space in Edinburgh. They used an app to determine the value of areas for people and wildlife, summarised as a Green Infrastructure (GI) Factor.

Read 'The Seed' blog post

9. Staff recognised in Queen’s birthday honours

Five members of University staff have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Find out who has received an honour

10. Artwork delivers key insights into gig economy

Engaging performance art, commissioned by the University, is exploring how the so-called gig economy impacts on people working in the creative industries.

More about the artwork and how to see it