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Things to share - September 2020

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

1. Alumni welcome our newest students

September saw Welcome Week and the arrival of new students to the University of Edinburgh. To help welcome them, we asked some alumni to share their own experiences of being a student here, and how it impacted their lives. You can view a selection in the short video below:

Video: Alumni welcome new students
alumni welcoming new students

2. Celebrate South Asia

Celebrate South Asia is a series of online events taking place throughout October, which recognises the University’s long-standing history and connections with the region. This cultural showcase is an opportunity for our alumni, students and staff to connect with this vibrant region and celebrate our engagement in teaching, research, exchange and more. This year's events include performance arts, poetry, talks and an exhibition. The full programme of events is available now, sign up and get involved! 

Celebrate South Asia: programme and sign up

3. New artwork commemorates Edinburgh Seven

edinburgh 7 portrait
The new portrait created by photographer Laurence Winram

A new artwork was unveiled on 23 September to commemorate the Edinburgh Seven, the first women to matriculate at a British University. The photograph, produced by Lawrence Winram, is a re-imagining of the 1632 Rembrandt painting ‘The Anatomy Lesson of Nicolaes Tulp’, a copy of which hangs in our Department of Anatomy. 

More about the artwork in the Edinburgh Seven blog

4.  Exhibition tells stories of gifts

Every book, object and archive in University Collections has a story to tell. A new online exhibition shares 30 stories about gifts from our collections and the people who gave them. 

Browse the exhibition

5. Award for graduate's film on Scots Italians

2019 Italian Studies graduate Kezia Sheard's short film 'Dolce Caledonia' has won the Scottish Short Film Festival  award for Best Documentary. Following three third-generation Italians living in Edinburgh, this documentary explores the establishment of one of the biggest immigrant communities in Scotland and their rich contribution to Scottish cuisine. You can watch the film on YouTube:

6. Black History Month

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Black History Month at the University. It's an opporunity to celebrate and commemorate, and gives a focus for the whole University community to discuss and address the on-going chsallenges facing Black communities in Britain and around the world. A series of online events will take place throughout October, with details on the Edinburgh University Students' Association website:

Information on Black History Month at the University

7. Graduates shortlisted for Study UK Alumni Awards

Two Edinburgh graduates have been named finalists in the British Council's Study UK Alumni Awards 2019–20 in Greece.

Alexandros Angelopoulos, a graduate of Ecological and Environmental Sciences with Management, is nominated for the Social Impact Award, which recognises UK alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others. Alexandros's nomination recognises his work as co-founder of Elpis Solar, a social enterprises that delivers essetential services to off-grid communities using solar power. 

More on Alexandros

Businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist George A David OBE is shortlisted for the Lifetime Achievement Award, recognising alumni who studied at a UK university more than 15 years ago and who have contributed to UK-Greece relations. 

Could you be a winner?

If you went on to achieve great success after studying in the UK, and if you too are making a difference in your home country, share your story today and apply to the 2020-21 Study UK Alumni Awards.

Study UK Alumni Awards 2020-2021 applications 

8. Virtual event: Doing Data Together

The University of Edinburgh will hold its third Data-Driven Innovation conference (held jointly with the Scotsman newspaper) on Friday 6 November 2020. Join experts from inside the University, and beyond, to hear about the enormous challenges - and real opportunities - in our increasingly data-rich world. Registration is free.

Register for the Doing Data Together conference

9. The World of Work

The University of Edinburgh Business School has launched The World of Work, an online hub that features expert advice for employers and policymakers in a time of change. Features include a look at the future of jobs in Scotland, and the relationship between working from home and a good work-life balance.

Visit The World of Work 

10. Setting foot in the film industry with the Spanish Film Festival

We talk to graduates Laura Tribaudino and Tessa Duncan about their experiences of the Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival. ESFF 2020 runs from 6th-25th October.

The interview with Laura and Tessa