Graduates from the 1970s provide nostalgia, sage advice and proof that an Edinburgh education can lead to global recognition.
Rodrigo Escobar Holguín
After a long career in Columbian urban planning that saw him dealing with decision-makers at the highest national level, Rodrigo Escobar Holguín retired and returned to education, recently completing a philosophy PhD.
Dr Kodira Kushalapa arrived in Edinburgh in 1970 to research forest mapping technology. A return visit to King's Buildings in 2019 prompted him to reflect on his work in forest conservation over the past five decades.
Professor Gavin Reid reflects on balancing teaching, family life and research as an economics PhD student in the 1970s, playing flute in a blues band and approaching 30 years' service at St Andrews.
David F Noble
Retired divinity graduate David F Noble traces his journey from New College to positions in the pastorate, book publishing and university teaching.
Healthcare and medical devices have been the focus of Derek Beatty's career since 1972. Alongside running his own company, Derek is engaged in helping to improve diabetes care in the UK.
Canadian John Esling completed his PhD at Edinburgh in the 1970s, when 13p could buy you a pint. Now retired, the distinguished linguist looks back on a rewarding career in academia and with the International Phonetic Association.
Green campaigner Dr Mayer Hillman on his family's Edinburgh roots, the happy years working on his PhD in Social Sciences, and his deep engagement in environmental policy research.
Veterinarian Dr Lawson Cairns describes his journey from Aberdeen to Durban, South Africa, and his work to improve compassionate care of companion animals.
1978 arts graduate Stuart Black recalls his unconventional entry to university and the winding path to finding an enjoyable career in international development.
A studentship enabled Narayan Hosmane to come to Edinburgh in 1971 to study a PhD in Chemistry with Professor Evelyn Ebsworth. He tells us about his academic career in Northern Ireland and the United States.
Having attended university as a mature student, Bill Hare has since carved out a varied career in the arts involving exhibition curation, teaching and writing on Scottish modern and contemporary art.
Now retired, Emeritus Professor Laurie Bauer has had a fruitful academic career in Denmark and New Zealand, publishing numerous books and articles on linguistics.
From meeting her life partner to setting up a fulfilling career in medical research and education, Helga Ögmundsdóttir, president of the Iceland alumni group, describes the impact her PhD studies have had on her life.
David Lockwood's Doctor of Science degree led him to advising the Canadian government. He reveals his memories of being a student at Edinburgh, including being a warden in Pollock Halls.
English-born Michael Clout says that Scotland changed his life that has seen him take on some vital research into the species of New Zealand.
History of Art graduate Matilda Mitchell has enjoyed a varied career in the arts sector, which saw her bring paintings into the corridors of hospitals.
Wealth mentor Diana Chambers discovered her love of mountains while living in Scotland, and remembers fondly visits to her shared flat by the actor Robbie Coltrane.
Arts graduate Jane Bachner-King remembers the smells of Edinburgh and explains how she is helping save Colombian orphans' lives one stitch at a time with vocational training through machine knitting.
Anna Fraser originally came to Scotland for a studentship in 1968 but following the Soviet invasion that year, Anna stayed on at Edinburgh and hasn't looked back since.
Carol Main MBE tells why she chose Edinburgh and how her degree, which focused on Music and English, helped her achieve her career aspirations.
Linda Catherine Pollock
One of the organisers of the upcoming Leaps in the Dark event, Linda Catherine Pollock fell into nursing education by accident and hasn't looked back since.
Dr Asher Wade
Dr Asher Wade discusses a lifetime spent in Academia and reflects on the special place memories of Edinburgh have for him.
Ian C Simpson
Former lawyer and current crime fiction writer Ian C Simpson experienced wide and varied activities during his time at Edinburgh and talks to us about how having the ‘gift of the gab’ benefited his career.
Andrew David Keener
Grammy award winning producer, Andrew Keener, talks to us about how his time at Edinburgh educated him in the art of dealing with other people.
George Russell Barr
Reverend Barr counts his time at the University as having had a profound impact on his life and shares his stories of student life from freezing peas to football.
In her fourth year, Dr Janet Macmillan took an emergency psychiatry clinical placement to test how she could cope with the specialism, many years later she is still involved, even after retirement!
Professor Lesley Yellowlees
Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering, Professor Lesley Yellowlees talks indecision, women in science and why she is the University of Edinburgh through and through.
Alumna and award-winning television journalist Kirsty Wark talks passion and career progression.
Mora Main used her geography degree to make a difference in green politics and volunteers with environmental organisations in New South Wales, where she now lives.
Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery O James Garden undertook the first successful liver transplant in Scotland and is now leading the establishment of a new institute for Edinburgh Anatomy.
Dedication and a sense of humour have taken Gordon Mitchell from homeless art college student in the 1970s to the successful painter he is today.
Having grown up in Edinburgh, Margaret Winter’s highlights of her time at university were the field trips and extra-curricular activities.
Robin Carmichael has benefitted from his Edinburgh degree, but it was through the University Orchestra that he developed his social skills and met his wife.
David Andrews graduated in the 1970s, when rent was £4 per week.
Ian Frazer’s experiences have taught him not to waste a minute on things that don’t grab him as important.
Toni McGregor reveals how an Edinburgh degree helped her find both a husband and a job for which she wasn’t qualified…
Dr Alex Yellowlees
Alex Yellowlees’ passion for Edinburgh - both the University and the city - is obvious.
Co-founder of the Edinburgh University Industrial Society, George Makintosh, tells us how to become a British industry success story.
Dr George McGavin on how he has gone from a long-term teaching and research career, to becoming a TV presenter and public speaker.
English graduate Catherine Czerkawska tells us about the vivid memories she has from being a student in the early 1970s.
Rohan Harindra Wickramsinghe
Since graduating from Edinburgh in 1972, Rohan Wickramsinghe has enjoyed an esteemed career, and has been honoured by two international governments.
Astronaut and ecologist Piers Sellers tells us about why he decided on Edinburgh and the best things about working for NASA.
John McAslan CBE, talks about his time at University and where his career has taken him since.
First in her family to go to university, Linda Shuttleworth fulfilled her dream of becoming an NHS clinical psychologist, while contributing to the growth of mental health services in Uganda.