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Bright idea brings dash of colour to ward

Bright idea brings dash of colour to ward
A dementia ward has been given a makeover as part of a project that explores how colour can improve the daily experience of patients, visitors and staff.

Extra year in class raises IQ, study finds

An extra year of schooling can noticeably increase a person’s IQ, research suggests.

Mental health boost for African mothers

A new initiative highlights that maternal mental health across Africa must be addressed as a priority to combat significant human and economic costs.

Research event celebrates volunteers’ generosity

Hundreds of volunteers who play a crucial role in healthcare research have been celebrated in an event marking their contribution.

Acclaimed artist offers creative insights

​​​​​​A renowned artist is to offer a personal perspective on her highly respected work during a lecture at Edinburgh College of Art.

Music entry more attuned to students’ needs

Reid Concert Hall of Instruments
​​​​​​​Pupils with no school music qualifications are now able to study for the BMus undergraduate degree in music at Edinburgh.

Experts open up beguiling world of books

Experts open up beguiling world of books
Edinburgh researchers have been working in partnership with the City’s Museum of Childhood to chart an enchanting journey through centuries of children’s books.

Digital centre to deliver world-class learning

One of Newbattle High School's Digital Champions, Lewis Letchford
A pioneering centre that will equip young people with the digital skills needed to succeed in the future economy has been launched.

Future stars shine at Degree Show

Future stars shine at Degree Show
The colourful and challenging work of hundreds of graduating University of Edinburgh students is set to create one of the capital’s largest and most diverse annual exhibitions.

Research helps improve family justice

Edinburgh and Stirling researchers are working together to help improve understanding of the barriers to children’s views being heard in family law cases.

Malawi event gives food for thought

Malawi event gives food for thought
Leading figures from the University are taking part in an event to champion education for disadvantaged children and families in Malawi.

Renowned US writer awarded honorary degree

One of the world’s leading experts on negotiation and mediation has received an honorary degree from the University.

Eclectic show sees artists trade ideas

Visions of buildings lost under floods, live sculptures formed of mushrooms, and US radio show rhetoric are part of an innovative exhibition.

Projects aim to build trust in digital age

Abstract image of digital connections
Two Edinburgh research projects have been awarded funding to explore challenging areas around the use of data.

Gifford lecture links science and faith

Matters of faith can influence the most sceptical of scientists, a leading social scientist will argue at this year’s Gifford Lecture.

Scheme teaches kids how to respect animals

Experts have helped create a new scheme to help prevent children committing cruelty against animals.

Historian to receive lifetime achievement award

Eminent Edinburgh Historian Sir Tom Devine has been given a prestigious lifetime achievement award.

Exhibition honours lost way of life

Snapshots of performances and workshops feature in a vibrant exhibition that aims to preserve and celebrate a displaced community’s cultural heritage.

Lecture spotlights gender issues

Women scientists
A world-leading experimental physicist will discuss gender divides in academia at the University’s inaugural Futures Lecture.

Virtual city walking tours win Tam Dalyell Prize

A series of virtual tours exploring the city of Edinburgh’s role in the history of science, technology and medicine has been recognised with a University award for public engagement.

Spy Week puts espionage and intrigue in the spotlight

Spy Week events put espionage and intrigue in the spotlight
Illuminating stories of double agents, code breakers and surveillance are spotlighted in a festival of film and fiction organised by the University.

Performance costume tickets go on sale

Performance costume tickets go on sale
Spectacular creations designed by performance costume students will be in the spotlight at a lively series of events this May.

Good Friday deal has global legacy, study shows

Fresh analysis of the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland has revealed its lasting impact on subsequent peace deals worldwide.

Finance focus at high-level events

Calculator and money
Events exploring too-big-to-fail, emerging financial stability risks and resolution ten years after the global financial crisis took place at the University this month.

Students win major science and religion prizes

Three recent Divinity students have swept the board in world’s foremost awards for the study of science and theology.

Authors vie for UK’s oldest book prizes

Authors vie for UK’s oldest book prizes
An exciting mix of award-winning writers and emerging talent forms the shortlist of Britain’s longest-running literary awards announced this week.

Treasured volume saved for nation

Annotated plays by influential English dramatist Ben Jonson – earmarked for sale in North America – have been acquired by the University.

Retelling of epic tale fills quad with music

The University's Old College Quad
Schoolchildren and music students will transform Old College quadrangle for a musical adaptation of an epic tale.

Hundreds of genes linked to intelligence in global study

More than 500 genes linked to intelligence have been identified in the largest study of its kind.

Documentary heads south by southwest

Documentary heads south by southwest
A documentary by a filmmaker based in Edinburgh College of Art has been showcased at one of the world’s biggest film and music festivals.

Historian’s book welcomed at Royal Irish Academy

A new book by History Professor Alvin Jackson has been launched by Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar, at the Royal Irish Academy.

Startup Festival showcases social innovation

Startup Festival showcases social innovation
Businesses innovators from leading social enterprises are headlining a festival of free events celebrating entrepreneurship.

Academics join Royal Society of Edinburgh

Royal Society of Edinburgh
Edinburgh scholars are among the leading figures from academia, public service, business and the arts joining Scotland’s National Academy.

Lectures seek answers to life’s big questions

An eminent anthropologist with an interest in the evolution of human nature is to deliver a six-part public lecture series.

Innovative data-driven Fellowships launched

Innovative data-driven Fellowships launched
The University has announced 30 prestigious new fellowships for highly talented researchers focused on data-driven innovation.

Peace deals work better if reached in stages, study shows

Resolving military conflict is more likely to be achieved by taking small steps rather than one giant stride, a study of peace agreements suggests.

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.

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