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Graduate Show celebrates fresh creative spirits

ECA Graduate Show 2023 montage
The bold and creative spirit of more than 550 Edinburgh College of Art students is being showcased at the highly-anticipated Graduate Show 2023.

Book prize shortlist is a time-travelling feast

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A compelling collection of books offering inspirational takes on themes such as belonging, travelling across borders and overcoming personal struggles form the shortlist of Britain’s longest-running literary prizes.

Event highlights jailed wildlife experts’ plight

An event co-hosted by an Edinburgh researcher is to focus on Iran’s threatened wildlife and the vital work of its environmental scientists.

Experts assess Covid’s effect on children’s sport

Data science specialists are supporting efforts to gauge how Covid-19 has impacted on young people’s involvement in sport and exercise.

Fashion talent sparkles at St James Quarter

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Magnificent designs drawing upon an eclectic array of influences including the Hebrides, dissected bodies and Lord of the Flies are set to feature in this year’s Edinburgh College of Art Fashion Show.

Stunning costumes revealed at spectacular show

L-R – Tributary – Orinoco – Chicken Run – Ink Death
Magical costumes inspired by The Wombles, the film Chicken Run and a Stephen King novel are among the creations being showcased by Edinburgh College of Art students.

AI initiative gives Gaelic a foothold in the digital age

Mature man catches up with some work on his laptop whilst in his campervan in the Scottish Highlands
Linguists and Artificial Intelligence specialists are embarking on an ambitious programme designed to help Scottish Gaelic flourish in the digital age.

Experts assess demand for kerbside mini parks

University experts are gauging if there is public support for plans to transform kerbside parking spaces into mini-parks with benches and planters.

Team honoured with esteemed Royal Society medal

A team of experts have been recognised for their exceptional achievements in peace and conflict research.

Tech team helps music duo find their bearings

Backing from a University-led tech support initiative has helped an Edinburgh-based start-up beat the drum for Scottish innovation at a global showcase event.

Commonwealth event spotlights power of sport

A team of experts from Edinburgh are supporting an initiative to promote the role of sport in addressing some of society’s biggest challenges.

Scientists take steps to tackle women’s rugby injuries head on

Injury prevention measures designed to boost male rugby players’ resilience are to be reassessed so they can better support the women’s game.

Artworks invite us to weigh up debt’s burdens

Thought-provoking works by artists from four continents feature in a university exhibition offering wide-ranging perspectives on the crushing effects of debt.

Climate change concern reduces support for gas

The public’s concerns about climate change could reduce support for natural gas as an alternative fuel source, research suggests.

Covid rule fines peaked in latter stages of lockdown

Most fines for Covid rule breaches were issued when England was in its third national lockdown and Wales was in its second, research shows.

Exercise helps mental health in pre-teen years

Regular physical activity can improve adolescents’ mental health and help with behavioural difficulties, research suggests.

Violence was widespread in early farming society

Violence and warfare were widespread in many Neolithic communities across Northwest Europe, a period associated with the adoption of farming, new research suggests.

Lower voting age boosts participation in elections

Younger first-time voters in Scotland retain a habit of voting in elections and participate in greater numbers than older first-time voters, a study suggests.

Young people want trustworthy mental health apps

Young people may not be receiving the mental health support they need because of a lack of trust in the smartphone apps that deliver such services, a study suggests.

Edinburgh Professors to lead AHRC Programme on AI

Two Edinburgh researchers will lead a project to ensure artificial intelligence (AI) and data are used responsibly and ethically across society and industry.

Social media aids quest for beauty perfection

Influencers on social media have contributed to an uptake of people using cosmetic procedures to enhance their appearance, research suggests.

Elite sport linked with osteoarthritis risk

Competing at elite level in sport is linked with an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis and joint pain in later life, a study suggests.

Experts urge action on medical test kit waste

Spiralling use of throwaway medical testing kits is having a major environmental impact that must be urgently addressed, experts say.

Health experts target ambitious Olympic goals

Sports scientists and medical researchers from Edinburgh are to jointly lead an initiative focused on athlete health and injury prevention at elite level.

Artists reflect on how we honour the past

Shining a light on Qiu Zhijie's painting
Arresting artworks that explore how people’s remembrances of the past are more fragile than they often appear are being showcased at the University.

App taps into distant past in bid to aid tolerance

An Edinburgh heritage expert has helped create a digital education resource that seeks to promote tolerance by reframing how Britain’s ancient past is taught.

Gene study identifies DNA variants linked to dyslexia

Scientists have for the first time pinpointed a large number of genes that are reliably associated with dyslexia.

Green spaces in cities linked to crime risk, a study shows

Maintaining green parks and gardens in cities has the potential to lower the risk of crime, research suggests.

Festival shines a light on books and belief

New College festival books and belief
Acclaimed authors, writers and speakers will explore belief from a range of perspectives at a literary festival organised by the University’s world-renowned School of Divinity.

Tech start-ups urged to contact analysts early

Start-up ventures providing services to technology companies should engage with business analysts early and strategically to maximise their chances of success, research suggests.

Experts assess digital impact on Muslim lives

How digital technology is shaping European Muslims’ views on a range of faith-related issues will be the focus of an Edinburgh-led research project.

Research hub for student mental health launched

A new network to boost research into student mental health and wellbeing in Scotland has been launched.

Music in childhood boosts brains in later life

Taking up a musical instrument in childhood and adolescence is associated with improved thinking skills in older age, research shows.

Pitch perfect tales win James Tait Black Prizes

Montage of headshots of authors Keith Ridgway and Amit Chaudhuri and their book covers
A journey into Indian classical music by an author, performer and vocalist and an interweaving series of vignettes set in south London have won the UK’s longest-running literary awards.

Graduate show aglow with students creative spark

Jiarong Yu’s Design Informatics portfolio is based on the group project ‘Crowd Reality’ which takes inspiration from the digital
A new stream of design and artistic talent are revealing their fresh creations at the celebrated Edinburgh College of Art’s Graduate Show.

Experts take long view to aid Olympians’ health

Health experts from Edinburgh have launched a global research initiative to better understand how injury and illness affects Olympic athletes during, and after, their sporting careers.

Historian unearths hidden Van Gogh self-portrait

A previously unknown Vincent van Gogh painting has been discovered as the result of research by an Edinburgh art historian.

Campus comes alive as festival audiences return

Edinburgh’s campus will be buzzing with festival crowds once more this August as the city passes a significant cultural milestone.

Scholar recognised with British Academy honour

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Professor Cristina Iannelli has been recognised by the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences for a distinguished contribution to research.

Research scheme to boost healthcare in Lothian

Staff in Nursing Studies are to play a key role in an initiative that helps healthcare professionals advance their research careers.

Natural foods appeal to children, study finds

Children are more likely to prefer foods they believe to be natural to man-made options, rating them higher for tastiness, safety and desirability, a study shows.

Festival of words and wonder fills College of Art

People sit on a bench outdoors next to a giant pile of books at Edinburgh International Book Festival
University students, staff and alumni are joining a line-up of inspirational events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to celebrate the power of sharing stories and ideas.

Report examines risk factors linked to abuse

Intervention programmes can help target the motivations of men who abuse their partners, a study shows.

Royal Society of Edinburgh research awards boost

Eleven Edinburgh academics have been announced as recipients of a Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) grant for developing research and to foster collaborative links.

Expert warns of hearing-loss diagnosis crisis

Failures at NHS Lothian's hearing service for children has caused an emergency situation in the area, according to an Edinburgh researcher.

Firms inflate green energy claims, study finds

Widespread use of renewable energy certificates – bought by companies to underscore their green credentials – is masking corporate inaction on carbon emissions, research suggests.

Historian receives German Non-Fiction Prize

An ‘excellently researched and brilliantly narrated’ book by an Edinburgh historian has won the German Non-Fiction Prize 2022.

Graduate Show unleashes future creative talent

A montage of a selection of student work from the ECA Degree show 2022
The highly anticipated Edinburgh College of Art Graduate Show is back as a campus event after a two-year break because of the pandemic.

Study sheds light on life beyond Rome’s frontier

Archaeologists from Edinburgh have discovered more than 100 Iron Age settlements in south-west Scotland that date from the time of Roman occupation.

Hub ignites creative spark to drive social change

A new initiative that will use the arts and creativity to promote social justice in communities has been launched.

Future fashion talent shines at St James Quarter

Five models pose in student fashion garments
Stunning designs drawing upon a dizzying array of influences including wild gardens, 18th century corsetry and the Scottish landscape are among the collections at this year’s Edinburgh College of Art Fashion Show.

Experts support new tool promoting tourism

A new tool to help visitors and residents enjoy the East Lothian coastline and avoid overcrowding and queues has been created by Edinburgh experts and Visit East Lothian.

College success in REF2021

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The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) returned 1,130 staff across 20 Units of Assessment. 86 % of our submission was assessed as being world-leading or internationally excellent.

Art historian honoured by French Government

An Edinburgh art historian has been honoured with the highest cultural award in France for his outstanding commitment to the country’s art.

Costumes command centre stage at dazzling show

Magnificent costumes from classic children’s books, The Box of Delights and a Stephen King novel are among the creations being showcased by Edinburgh College of Art students.

Online course runs through brain health benefits

Exercising regularly improves brain health as much as physical fitness, say experts launching a programme to boost performance and wellbeing.

Pupils boost fitness and memory from exercise

Schoolchildren who run or walk for 15 minutes a day during the school day are mentally and physically sharper than those who do not, a study suggests.

Book prize shortlist shares inspiring stories

Montage of eight book authors and book covers.
An absorbing blend of books offering fresh takes on themes such as the intricacies of relationships, cultural identity and journeys of self-discovery form the shortlist of Britain’s longest-running literary prizes

Spin-out promotes benefits of language learning

More people around the world are set to be supported and encouraged to speak more than one language thanks to the success of an Edinburgh initiative.

Sign language glossary aims to widen tech access

Experts at Edinburgh have helped to produce a sign language glossary for deaf people who are engaged in digital technology.

Childhood trauma linked to risk of adult crime

People who have suffered extreme difficulties in childhood are more likely to commit crimes as adults than those who have not, a study suggests.

Gallery scheme supports fresh creative talent

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Five artists are taking up residencies as part of a Talbot Rice Gallery programme to nurture a new wave of artistic talent. 

Patient care aided by shared staff perspectives

Enabling healthcare teams to consider the range of professional perspectives held by colleagues can help improve patient outcomes, research shows.

French artist’s work is turn-up for the books

Enchanting, contemplative works by a French book artist widely acclaimed in her homeland have been acquired by the University.

Digital fixes can help creative sector flourish

Data experts are being encouraged to help the creative industries find hi-tech solutions to a range of digital challenges.

Spy novel brief gives author a licence to thrill

Creative writing lecturer Kim Sherwood has accepted a mission to die for … reimaging one of spy fiction’s most celebrated characters.

Country houses research inspires medal success

An Edinburgh student has received a prestigious medal for insightful research into representations of national identity in 18th-century Scottish country houses

Auld Lang Syne ritual lodged in Scotland’s past

It is a custom observed worldwide by millions every New Year … now research has uncovered why revellers link arms when they sing Auld Lang Syne.

Study shows how news shapes humanitarian aid

Media coverage of humanitarian crises can increase governments’ allocation of emergency aid — whether or not the crisis merits it, a study suggests.

Trump and Thunberg share storytelling skills

The views of Donald Trump and Greta Thunberg may differ on climate change but their speeches on the issue have more in common than people might think, a study suggests.

Covid survey can help young lives, experts say

Parents of children with intellectual disabilities are sharing their lockdown experiences with researchers so families can be better supported in future.

Project to build trust in autonomous machines

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Edinburgh researchers are to play a leading role in scrutinising how systems that put machines in charge of making decisions can be made trustworthy and responsible.

Winter literary festival aglow with tales of belief

Illuminating stories of belief and spirituality are to be celebrated at Scotland’s first religious literary festival, organised by the world-renowned School of Divinity at the University.

Scholar helps solve mystery of rare lost text

Specialists in French medieval literature have discovered two rare manuscript fragments that were hidden in one of Europe’s oldest libraries.

Institute to uncover scale of child sexual abuse

Human Dignity Foundation, a private funder focused on children’s rights, is establishing an independent global data institute for child safety at the University of Edinburgh.

£9.5m project gives pupils a sense of data power

A world-leading initiative that brings the latest smart technology into classrooms has been launched to help pupils prepare for a data-driven future.

Baby loss doubles risk of anxiety and depression

Women who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage or early in the child’s life are more than twice as likely to suffer from depression as those who did not, a study suggests.

Festival aims to up Gaelic’s profile in Capital

Experts whose research highlights the benefits of speaking more than one language are to launch Edinburgh’s annual Gaelic Festival.

Research boost award for international links

Sixteen College academics have been announced as recipients of a Royal Society of Edinburgh grant for developing research and to foster international links.

Choir that transforms lives extends its range

A project that showcases the mental health benefits of singing together is being extended to support people who have experienced racism.

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