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Big brands cashed in on Covid-19, study finds

Major producers of alcohol, junk food and soft drinks have used Covid-19 to promote products at the expense of public health, research suggests.

Landscape expert affirms why people need parks

Health benefits associated with living near urban green spaces are highlighted by an Edinburgh researcher in a landmark scientific report.

Experts assess Empire’s mark on key buildings

Researchers are reappraising Scotland’s built heritage to form a fuller picture of the British Empire’s impact on the country’s historical architecture.

Dazzling show spotlights fresh creative talent

Dazzling show spotlights fresh creative talent
A playful interpretation of shop small talk, an exploration of digital art using rocks and neon colours, and a reimaging of a city in India are some of the highlights of the annual Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Degree Show.

Global research projects receive funding boost

Edinburgh researchers have received a grant as part of an investment by the UK Government to help global communities most at risk from the impact of Covid-19.

Bold research bids earn €10.5m of EU backing

Highly coveted awards, funded by the EU to help scholars pursue ‘daring’ research ideas, have been made to seven Edinburgh academics.

Role of amnesties in peace building explored

Researchers have launched a comprehensive public database exploring amnesties granted during conflicts.

Virtual events keep spirit of Festival alive

Lightshines exhibit in the Meadows
Two compelling events are being presented by the University this autumn as part of its ongoing commitment to Edinburgh International Festival.

Centre bridges gap between tech and morality

How societies can innovate with technologies while having a firm ethical grounding is to be the focus of a major new hub.

Literary awards celebrate personal journeys

James Tait Black 2020 Literary award winners
A memoir by a poet whose mother was a survivor of the Holocaust and a novel told entirely via the internal monologue of an Ohio mother of four have won the UK’s longest-running literary awards.

All-star cast brings precious archive to life

A stellar cast of musicians and writers is taking part in an online event that celebrates a remarkable University resource.

Pupils asked to reflect on impact of closures

Young people across Scotland are being invited to share how school shutdowns prompted by Covid-19 impacted on their lives.

Dazzling plays shortlisted for drama accolade

Dazzling plays shortlisted for drama accolade
Thought-provoking plays exploring themes of criminal justice, race and the dark side of social media have been shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Drama.

Bold ideas celebrated at online Book Festival

University students, staff and alumni are taking part in a new online events programme to celebrate books, discussion and ideas at Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Covid card game helps pupils return to school

Packs of cards for playing Covid charades are being distributed to primary schools to help pupils acclimatise to their new classroom environmen

UK visitors vital for tourism lift, data shows

Scotland’s tourism sector should target UK visitors ahead of overseas markets to kickstart a revival post-lockdown, research reveals.

AI centre stage in new take on Festival Fringe

Since the Edinburgh Festival Fringe began, its events listings have paraded an eclectic mix of shows.

Festival show projects thrilling body of work

Mesmerising artworks that invite audiences to re-evaluate the boundless creative possibilities offered by technology feature in a University exhibition.

Covid-19 diaries put changing lives in focus

Volunteers are being invited to record their lockdown experiences to help researchers assess Covid-19’s impact on Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Study examines risks for BAME healthcare staff

Edinburgh researchers are part of a new £2.1m research study investigating the risks of Covid-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) healthcare workers.

Novel pairing ponders matters of deception

A unique creative partnership is to seek fresh perspectives on the complex ethical questions associated with identity deception.

Research drive seeks to shape a better society

A new UK-wide collective that champions dynamic research across the arts, humanities and social sciences has been welcomed by the College.

Data reveals effect of pandemic on ceasefires

The Covid-19 pandemic has not paused conflict around the world – despite calls for a global ceasefire, researchers have found.

Historical figure’s slavery links in spotlight

Scholars are to debate the slavery links of a key historical figure whose statue has prompted public protest.

Care home study maps lockdown impact on families

A new study is to gauge how lockdown restrictions have affected the families of care home residents.

Emerging trends in Higher Education examined

University leaders are to hold a public event to discuss the role of higher education in tackling the world’s most immediate challenges.

App boosts role of women in peace processes

A mobile app has been launched to help embed women’s rights in peace negotiations in the Arab world and beyond.

Virtual show has vigour and vision of real thing

Virtual show has vigour and vision of real thing
A vibrant new wave of creative talent is showcasing its skills as never before in Edinburgh College of Art’s first virtual Degree Show.

Epic books vie for UK’s oldest literary prizes

Authors shortlisted for 2020 JTB prizes
A dazzling array of books showcasing themes such as crossing borders, identity and personal transformation has been shortlisted for Britain’s longest-running literary prizes.

Exercise prevents millions of early deaths, study finds

Some four million early deaths are being averted worldwide every year by people being physically active, a study suggests.

Achievements celebrated in colleague awards

CAHSS Colleague Recognition Awards 2020
The winners of the 2020 CAHSS Colleague Recognition Awards have been announced at a virtual awards ceremony.

Expert hub makes matters of race its focus

Specialists from a range of academic disciplines have launched a cross-University hub for research and teaching on race and ethnicity.

Young Scots urged to reflect on Covid-19 impact

Teenager studies at home
Young people in Scotland are being asked to share their experiences of how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting their lives.

Social work students help fight against pandemic

Social work students are graduating early to help deliver health and social care services during the pandemic

Experts assess public mood on Covid-19 testing

People’s perspectives on Covid-19 testing are being sought for a study that will inform future responses to the pandemic.

Ebola insights may strengthen Covid-19 fight

Social anthropologists are to assess if an Ebola epidemic that ended four years ago has prepared Sierra Leone for Covid-19.

Artists view space data through creative lens

Five artists are embarking on a creative mission with a difference … helping people to view satellite data in a whole new light.

Surveys assess impact of pandemic on conflict

The Covid-19 pandemic’s effect on peace agreements and ceasefires around the world is to be captured in a series of surveys.

Firms report cash flow concerns as crisis hits

A nationwide survey of the impact of Covid-19 on business shows 68% of the UK’s entrepreneurs have cashflow concerns.

Care home staff get expert help to ease strain

Care home workers are being offered specialist support as they deal with unusually high death rates prompted by Covid-19.

Early learning innovator awarded science prize

An educationalist with a passion for early years learning has received the University’s annual prize for raising public interest in science.

Physical activity aids pupil attention in class

Outdoor classroom breaks involving 15 minutes of physical activity may improve children’s attention, memory and wellbeing, a study suggests.

Causes of loneliness differ between generations

People of different generations are equally lonely but for different reasons, a study suggests.

Key study helps young deaf people reach goals

Volunteers are being sought to take part in a study aimed at helping young deaf people achieve the best possible outcomes in life.

College staff become Royal Society Fellows

Five professors from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences have been named as Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellows.

Tribute to be unveiled at writer’s former home

A plaque honouring an eminent 20th century writer is to be unveiled at a University institute based in the author’s childhood home

President’s letter reveals his love of farming

He is revered by many as master politician … now a letter written by US President George Washington has shed light on his home life.

Degree puts cultural performance centre stage

Music, dance and storytelling are key elements in the first formal performance programme to be offered by the University’s School of Scottish Studies.

Award celebrates Scotland-China partnership

A collaboration with the Universities of Edinburgh and Donghua in Shanghai has won an award celebrating creative ties between Scotland and China.

Sustainable solar lamp wins global design award

A solar-powered light that Edinburgh researchers created from recycled plastics and ethically-sourced electronic components has won a prestigious design accolade.

Older people switch off from machine learning

Older people pick up new skills better when they believe they are learning from another person, rather than from a computer, a study suggests.

Second World War stories shared by researchers

Stories of Scotland’s contribution to the Second World War are set to be commemorated through the launch of a new research network.

Art award win puts AI innovators in spotlight

A senior lecturer in Design Informatics has won a global award that celebrates great art created with technology.

Long-lost threads catch the eye in embroidery showcase

Long-lost threads catch eye in embroidery showcase
Delightful embroidery from a remarkable archive of needlework that lay neglected in a cupboard for 50 years is being exhibited at the University.

Games can protect thinking skills in older age

People who play games – such as cards and board games – are more likely to stay mentally sharp in later life, a study suggests.

Study tracks long term impact of teenage offending

A landmark study into youth crime is launching a new phase to better understand how experience of offending in childhood impacts on later life.

Festival showcases discoveries and secrets

Diversity in society, robot doctors and storytelling for sleep are among the topics to be explored at a festival showcasing the humanities.

History anniversary focus for New York events

Future focus for New York event
A series of events are taking place in New York to showcase the University’s academic excellence in History and encourage new partnerships.

Echoes of the past to reach fresh audiences

A series of programmes produced by BBC Radio nan Gàidheal is showcasing a treasure trove of recordings from Scotland’s past

More to our minds than grey matter, show suggests

The theory that cognition – the ability to think and feel – extends beyond the brain to people’s bodies, objects, and even institutions is explored in a new exhibition.

Research festival pinpoints pressing concerns

Conflict resolution, multilingualism and the psychology of spending are among the topics to be explored at a major research showcase.

Lectures put age-old puzzle in modern context

A renowned theologian with an interest in human societies and cultures – and how they develop – is to deliver a key lecture series.

Data team creates map that plots witches’ plight

A new interactive map tracks more than 3,000 Scots accused of being witches in the 16th and 17th century.

History marks milestone of 300 years of study

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visits University for launch of History celebrations
The Chancellor, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has visited the University for the launch of celebrations to mark 300 years of history teaching at Edinburgh.

Giant coat of many colours weaves School’s tale

Giant coat of many colours weaves School’s tale
A giant, multi-coloured coat has been created to celebrate the University’s excellence in health and social science.

Experts share insights at politics festival

Scottish Parliament
Academics are contributing to a series of debates on some of the biggest issues facing society at this year’s Festival of Politics.

No benefit in growth mindset theory, study says

A motivational approach to learning used widely in schools to encourage academic success does not benefit pupils, Edinburgh research suggests.

Prejudice against ethnic minorities persists

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

Ethics of data and AI are focus of appointment

Professor Shannon Vallor
One of the US’s leading experts on the impact of artificial intelligence and other innovative technologies on people’s lives is set to join the University.

Gallery scheme supports creative talent

Mona Yoo, Jenny Hogarth, Sarah Rose, Rae-Yen Song, Eothen Stearn
Five artists are taking up residencies at Edinburgh College of Art as part of Talbot Rice Gallery’s scheme to support new creative talent.

Quilts uncover politics of revolutionary China

Quilts uncover politics of revolutionary China
Fascinating insights into Chinese domestic life at a time of political turmoil can be glimpsed at a University of Edinburgh exhibition.

Teeth offer clues on Great Irish Famine diet

Analysis of teeth from the 1840s has shed new light on what people ate before and during the Great Famine of Ireland.

Secrets of successful ageing shared in reunion

Almost 300 people reunited to celebrate 20 years of continuous research into healthy ageing.

Dance troupe drama wins leading literary award

A raucous play charting the agonies and ecstasies of a young American dance group has won the James Tait Black Prize for Drama.  

Tales of love and war win centenary book awards

A biography of a distinguished war correspondent and a novel about personal relationships amid political turmoil, have won the centenary awards of Britain’s oldest literary prizes.

Gallery shows place ECA at heart of Art Festival

Colourful installations and thought-provoking exhibits by students and staff will transform Edinburgh College of Art into one of the city’s biggest and most diverse gallery spaces throughout August.

Novel approach to data pops up at Fringe show

An artwork that estimates the worth of each word in George Orwell’s seminal novel 1984 features in a festival pop-up installation.

Academic wins Fringe prize for "magnificent" play

A play co-written by an Edinburgh academic has won a prestigious award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

School of Education name change honours sport

Photo of a student swimming
Moray House School of Education has been renamed as Moray House School of Education and Sport.

Book Festival focuses on the power of stories

Book Festival focuses on the power of stories
University staff, students and alumni are taking part in a celebration of books and ideas at Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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