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Census paints picture of UK's live music scene

Small live music venues are facing a number of threats that could affect their long-term future, research suggests.

Learning festival unlocks creative impulses

Festival of Creative Learning
A DIY solar panel workshop, physics-inspired ceilidh dancing and a 24-hour filmmaking contest are among the highlights in the University’s Festival of Creative Learning.

Researchers scoop photography prize

Researchers who are assessing the influence of outdoor spaces on wellbeing have won a national photography competition.

Events spotlight diversity in fashion

A series of events promoting diversity in the fashion industry is taking place at the National Museum of Scotland.

European research award success

A University researcher has received a major European award to investigate the language used to express emotions in classical texts.

Genes are a key to problem-solving powers, study says

More than half of the difference in intelligence between people can be traced to their genes, a study suggests.

Brussels event debates future of work

European flag
The future of work will be the focus in the first of a series of University events focusing on key global issues.

Writers receive rising star awards

An Edinburgh tutor and a former student have been recognised as two of Scotland’s most exciting new writers.

Artwork lights up library with letters

Artwork lights up library with letters
An intriguing phrase written in hundreds of light bulbs has been installed in the University’s Main Library.

Access route opens doors for study

Access route opens doors for study
A new programme is helping people who want to study at Edinburgh, who feel they may have missed their chance.

Brushing doesn’t stop effects of snacks on young teeth

Tooth brushing only partly protects against the effects of sugary snacks on children’s teeth, research suggests.

Researchers use app to help predict landslides

Researchers use app to help predict landslides
Edinburgh researchers are using digital technology to help predict landslides in Latin America.

Award success for public engagement

Dr Stella Chan
A University researcher has been honoured for outstanding outreach work in the field of mental health.

Professors play key role in assessing research

Two professors from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences are to play a leading role in the process that assesses the quality of academic research in the UK.

Personality trait shares genetic link with depression

People affected by depression may have genes associated with anxiety, worry and low mood, a study suggests.

Exercise at child’s pace boosts learning

A child’s attention and memory improves after exercise, a study suggests.

Splashes of bronze add finishing touch to revamped square

Splashes of bronze add finishing touch to revamped square
A sprinkling of precious metal embedded in paving stones is adding an artistic flourish to a newly refurbished city square.

Study sheds light on meaning of rock art

Archaeologists have shed new light on the possible meaning of mysterious rock markings found in Neolithic tombs in Europe.

Law alumnus part of Nobel Peace Prize team

Daniel Hogsta - Nobel Peace Prize
An Edinburgh graduate who played a key role in the organisation will receive this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Awards success for Law School

Edinburgh Law School has achieved a double success at the Law Awards of Scotland 2017.

Leverhulme award for research success

Naomi Appleton Granted Philip Leverhulme Prize
A University researcher has received a major Leverhulme award to investigate the Jataka tales – stories of the past lives of the Buddha.

Honorary degree for China’s Vice Premier

Honorary degree for China’s Vice Premier
The highest-ranking woman in the government of the People’s Republic of China, Madam Liu Yandong, has been awarded an honorary degree.

Doctor and rights activist honoured

A doctor who risked his life to campaign against sexual violence as a weapon of war has been honoured by the University.

Gems from archives aired for St Andrews Day

Gems from archives aired for St Andrews Day
A treasure trove of evocative recordings, striking images and rarely seen historic documents are among the highlights of a newly refurbished centre showcasing Scotland’s culture.

£10m gift boosts institute’s vision

£10m gift boosts institute’s vision
An anonymous donor has pledged £10m to fund a University initiative that will address some of society’s most pressing concerns.

Walkabout app puts city’s literary highlights on map

LitLong home page on display on table device
A free interactive app has been launched so that people worldwide can explore Edinburgh’s literary history.

Russian film festival has contemporary focus

Four new features are to be screened during Edinburgh’s Russian Film Week.

Academics honoured for healthcare research

Two Edinburgh scholars have been honoured for excellence in healthcare research.

Experts examine illegal puppy trade

Edinburgh researchers are working with an animal welfare charity to examine the effects of intensive breeding on dogs.

Festival director to deliver major lecture

The fourth annual Andrew Carnegie Lecture will be delivered by director of the Edinburgh International Festival, Fergus Linehan.

Rare drawings of Edinburgh landmarks go on show

Rarely seen drawings from the architect responsible for shaping Edinburgh’s celebrated cityscape will go on display in a new exhibition.

Football course opens doors for learning

Football course opens doors for fans
A new partnership is tapping into people’s passion for football so they can learn new skills.

Risk of oversharing in conversation increases with age

The risk of oversharing in conversation – or providing a listener with too much irrelevant detail – increases as we age, research suggests.

Festival puts social science in spotlight

ESRC Festival of Social Science
New social science research and its potential impact on everyday lives will be highlighted in a series of University events.

Award recognises excellence in public engagement

A team of social scientists have been awarded the University's Tam Dalyell Prize.

Digital teaching project has future focus

Near Future Teaching project
Staff and students are shaping the future of teaching at Edinburgh by taking part in a new digital education project.

Talk highlights relics’ forensic role

Horsemen going into battle
An expert in battlefield archaeology will tell a University event how historic evidence can assist modern forensic investigations.

Acclaimed poet considers her craft

Centre for the History of the Book logo
An award-winning writer and Edinburgh alumna will reflect on how poetry is presented to the world at a University event.

Academics honoured by Academy of Social Sciences

Professor Viv Cree
Three leading Edinburgh academics have been made Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences.

New Heads of School

Professor Linda McKie has been appointed as the Head of School of Social and Political Science.

Soft power can bring nations concrete benefits

Promoting a nation’s culture and political ideals on the global stage brings significant economic advantages, research shows.

Social Work celebrates centenary

The University’s centre for excellence in social work has launched a series of events to celebrate its 100th birthday. 

Artist’s video works brings new depths to gallery

Thousands of pebbles will transform the University’s Talbot Rice Gallery as it hosts work by acclaimed artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah.

Professor takes up leading advisory role

Professor Joyce Tait has been appointed to the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology.

Teams scoop equality awards

Athena SWAN
Teams from across the College have been recognised for their efforts in supporting the careers of women in higher education.

Former PM backs $900bn China deal

Former PM considers $900bn Silk Road
China’s $900bn initiative to stimulate economic growth is the ‘biggest story in town’ for the world economy, Gordon Brown has told a University event.

Spotlight on Spanish cinema

A festival celebrating the best of Spanish and Latin American cinema will take place in Edinburgh throughout October.

Global challenges in spotlight in lecture series

Global challenges in spotlight in lecture series
The University will host a series of public lectures that examine global challenges facing society and the role research can play in addressing them.

Renowned MP and author marks India Day

Renowned MP and author marks India Day
Renowned Indian politician, diplomat and writer Dr Shashi Tharoor will provide the keynote lecture for the University’s India Day celebrations.

Online course revisits the saga of the Jacobites

The true story of exile, rebellion and the battle for three kingdoms is to feature in a new free online programme.

Soothing exhibition on show in city gardens

A collection of photos designed to improve mental health is to go on display at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Play penned at IASH set for silver screen

Outdoor cinema
An Olivier Award-winning play that was written at the University has been adapted for the cinema.

Acclaimed author receives honorary degree

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The acclaimed Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has been awarded an honorary degree at the University.

Shanghai fashion takes centre stage in iconic hall

Eye-catching outfits designed by students from Shanghai will be showcased at a futuristic fashion show in the University’s Playfair Library.

Tragicomedy wins top drama prize

Tragicomedy wins top drama prize
A play that explores the extremes of sectarianism has scooped one of the UK’s most distinguished literary awards, the James Tait Black Prize for Drama.

Literary awards for tales of love and loss

A novel exploring an unlikely relationship between two actors and a biography that opens a window on the world of fine art have won Britain’s oldest literary awards.

Pro-vaccine messages can boost belief in MMR myths

Current strategies for correcting misinformation about the dangers of vaccinations have the opposite effect and reinforce ill-founded beliefs, a study suggests.

Prejudice against black and ethnic Scots "widespread"

Around one third of black and ethnic minority people in Scotland have experienced discrimination within the last two years, research reveals.

Festival ties bloom in spectacular opening

International Festival 2017 Bloom
The University is to play a key role in the Edinburgh International Festival’s spectacular opening event, Bloom.

Course helps readers share a love of books

Course helps readers share a love of books
The University has collaborated with the Edinburgh International Book Festival to help book lovers get the best out of their reading.

Canadian PM receives honorary degree

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau receives honorary degree
The Prime Minister of Canada, The Rt Hon Justin Trudeau, has been awarded an honorary degree at the University.

Royal Society award honours leading academic

Professor Michela Massimi has been honoured by the Royal Society for her work on communicating the philosophy of science.

Summer school aims to inspire understanding

Summer school
Pupils from Saudi Arabia are visiting Edinburgh for a scheme that aims to increase understanding between people from different cultures.

Lifetime achievement award for IASH head

A major academic association has given a member of staff a lifetime achievement award for their dedication to developing the study of Europe.

High IQ in childhood linked to a longer life

Higher Intelligence in childhood is linked to a longer life, a study suggests.

Brexit and social inequality projects win major funding

Two major projects involving the University have received significant funding from the Economic and Social Research Council.

Learning with music can change brain structure

About word and music studies
Using musical cues to learn a physical task significantly develops an important part of the brain, according to a new study.

Experts map hillforts of UK and Ireland

The locations and details of ancient hillforts in the UK and Ireland have been mapped in an online database.

GPs key to reducing alcohol harm

Doctor with stethoscope
The importance of primary care in reducing alcohol-related harm in Scotland has been emphasised by two reports.

Immigration options for Scotland explored

Experts have outlined a series of possible options for Scotland to develop an approach to immigration that is different from the rest of the UK.

Edinburgh hub tackles global economic issues

Adam Smith statue on Edinburgh's High Street
Some 650 delegates are meeting in Edinburgh to assess the impact of labour and financial markets on the global economy.

Gallery head takes place on global stage

Gondolas in Venice
The director of the University’s Talbot Rice Gallery is representing Ireland at the world’s biggest international art exhibition.

Art students make waves in Venice

Spite Your Face, Scotland + Venice display is at Chiesa di Santa Caterina, Venice Biennale 2017
Five Edinburgh students are working with acclaimed artist Rachel Maclean as she represents Scotland at a world-renowned contemporary art festival.

Teaching stars step up for awards

Teaching stars step up for awards
Academics, tutors and support staff have been recognised at Edinburgh University Students’ Association’s annual Teaching Awards.

Gallery head to oversee Ireland's art show at Venice

The director of the University’s contemporary art gallery is to take the helm of Ireland’s show at the world’s most prestigious visual art festival next month.

Spy Week events uncover world of espionage

Spy Week events uncover world of espionage
The intriguing world of state secrets and spies will be spotlighted in a festival of film and fiction organised by the University.

Self-harm study wins book prize

An exploration of how and why someone might self-harm has been announced as the join winner of a major book award.

Hub to help people stay sharp in older age

Keeping active, not smoking and learning a language are among the possible ways to stay sharp in later life, experts say.

Professor to give UN talk

New York
A leading researcher in race equality been invited to make an address to the UN General Assembly.

Art graduate reveals Venice vision

An Edinburgh College of Art graduate has revealed details of work she will exhibit at one of the world’s most prestigious art festivals.

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