Alumni Services

1970s

Graduates from the 1970s provide nostalgia, sage advice and proof that an Edinburgh education can lead to global recognition.

David Lockwood

David Lockwood
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.

Michael Clout

Michael Clout
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.

Matilda Mitchell

Matilda Mitchell
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.

Diana Chambers

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.

Jane Bachner-King

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

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

Carol Main
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

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.

Janet Macmillan

Janet Macmillan
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

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.

Kirsty Wark

Kirsty Wark
Alumna and award-winning television journalist Kirsty Wark talks passion and career progression.

Mora Main

Mora Main
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.

James Garden

James Garden
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.

Gordon Mitchell

Gordon Mitchell
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.

Margaret Winter

Margaret Winter
Having grown up in Edinburgh, Margaret Winter’s highlights of her time at university were the field trips and extra-curricular activities.

Robin Carmichael

Robin Carmichael
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

David Andrews
David Andrews graduated in the 1970s, when rent was £4 per week.

Ian Frazer

Ian Frazer
Ian Frazer’s experiences have taught him not to waste a minute on things that don’t grab him as important.

Toni McGregor

Toni McGregor
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
Alex Yellowlees’ passion for Edinburgh - both the University and the city - is obvious.

George Mackintosh

George Mackintosh
Co-founder of the Edinburgh University Industrial Society, George Makintosh, tells us how to become a British industry success story.

George McGavin

George McGavin
Dr George McGavin on how he has gone from a long-term teaching and research career, to becoming a TV presenter and public speaker.

Catherine Czerkawska

Catherine Czerkawska
English graduate Catherine Czerkawska tells us about the vivid memories she has from being a student in the early 1970s.

Rohan Harindra Wickramsinghe

Rohan Harindra Wickramsinghe
Since graduating from Edinburgh in 1972, Rohan Wickramsinghe has enjoyed an esteemed career, and has been honoured by two international governments.

Piers Sellers

Piers Sellers
Astronaut and ecologist Piers Sellers tells us about why he decided on Edinburgh and the best things about working for NASA.

John McAslan

John McAslan
John McAslan CBE, talks about his time at University and where his career has taken him since.