Alumni Services

Staff spotlight

A look inside the University to catch up with members of staff you might remember and current innovators in teaching, research and student life.

Supporting great teaching

Daphne Loads
Daphne Loads's role involves supporting and developing initiatives - many of which are supported by alumni donations - that ensure teaching at Edinburgh remains innovative.

Collaboration in neuroscience

Professor Mike Cousin
Alumnus Professor Mike Cousin is the University's Chair of Neuronal Cell Biology and Head of Pre-Clinical Research at the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre. He guides us through his background, career and love of collaboration.

Supporting employability

Jenni Dixon
Jenni Dixon's role at the University involves creating employment experience and opportunities for both students and graduates, while ensuring she enjoys a healthy work-life balance.

Innovation in finance

Lee Hamill
Lee Hamill is the University's award-winning Deputy Director of Finance. An Edinburgh alumnus, he tells us about his time working on the 2012 Olympic Games, and how he and his team donate one working day every year to good causes.

Investigating the ageing brain

Tara Spires-Jones
We talk to Dr Tara Spires Jones, Chancellor’s Fellow and interim Director of the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems. Her research group studies brain changes in ageing and neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's.

Championing Gaelic

Bria Mason
Bria Mason graduated from Edinburgh in 2009 with an MA in Celtic. She now works at the University as Gaelic and External Affairs Officer, and tells us about her education and current role.

Pride in his work

Manos Farsarakis
Manos Farsarakis graduated with a masters in High Performance Computing in 2014, and now works as an Applications Consultant at EPCC, the University’s centre for supercomputers. He explains how he juggles this with his additional role within the Staff Pride Network.

Towards sustainability

Alumnus Matthew Lawson is Programme Manager in the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability. We find out how he plays a role in developing the University’s social conscience.

Making a difference

Johanna Holtan
Johanna Holtan from the Centre of African Studies in the International Office tells us how growing up as the child of university staff inspired her career at Edinburgh, and how she came to invent an innovative solution for female cyclists.

Inspired by Burke

Janet Philp
This month we focus on Janet Philp, Head of Administration in the Deanery of Biomedical Sciences, sporting guru, and author of a new book about one of Edinburgh’s most notorious residents.

Step into the spotlight

Are you a current member of staff? Are you interested in sharing memories, research or teaching with our alumni community? Contact for more information or complete the short interview form below and return it to us at the same address.