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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.

Trio of academics elected to British Academy

Three Edinburgh academics have been announced as fellows of the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences.

Provocative plays shortlisted for top prize

Dramas dealing with racism, disability and the complex emotions of adolescence have been shortlisted for a James Tait Black Prize.

Youth crime study honoured in impact awards

Researchers who collected evidence that led to a change in the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland have been recognised by a prestigious award.

Access course students celebrate success

Access course students celebrate success
More than ninety per cent of students who have completed a new access course have been offered places to study for a degree.

Theologian appointed Dean of the Chapel Royal

An eminent theologian and former parish minister who has dedicated his career to higher education in Scotland has been appointed by the Queen as the next Dean of the Chapel Royal.

University backs campaign to boost nursing globally

An international challenge to empower the next generation of nurses and midwives has been launched, with Edinburgh providing vital support.

Events celebrate centenary of Italian Studies

Events celebrate centenary of Italian Studies
The University’s centre for excellence in Italian language and culture has launched a series of events to celebrate its 100th birthday.

Lost manuscript found in Cathedral archives

An exciting discovery of a lost text by 17th century writer Alice Thornton at Durham Cathedral has been made by an Edinburgh historian.

Scotland's first African orchestra performs in Edinburgh

Scotland’s first professional African Symphonic Orchestra performed in Edinburgh as part of a major conference on African Studies hosted by the University.

Yoga improves health in later life, study says

Older adults who practise yoga are more likely to be in better mental and physical shape, research suggests

Centre enables data-driven research to thrive

A research centre has been launched to support data-led research innovation in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Lectures explore why classical world matters

Dame Mary Beard Gifford Lecture
​​​​​​​Leading scholar and classicist Dame Mary Beard has been outlining the themes being explored in her Edinburgh lecture series.

Celestial Bodies wins Man Booker International Prize

Novelist and PhD alumna Jokha Alharthi has won the 2019 Man Booker International Prize.

Hong Kong partnership boosts language learning

A University centre promoting bilingualism and language learning has expanded its network with the opening of a branch in Asia.

Ground-breaking soil project wins European award

A revolutionary soil monitoring project is continuing to flourish after winning a major European award.

Youth crime study recognised in impact awards

A study into youth offending in Scotland has been shortlisted for a prestigious prize which celebrates research excellence.

Edinburgh College of Art appoints new Principal

Edinburgh College of Art has appointed an experienced and respected artist and writer as its new Principal.

Student award honours founder of book prizes

A creative writing prize for students has been launched to honour the founder of the UK’s longest running book awards.

Show recalls Scotland's links with Spanish world

Show recalls Scotland's links with Spanish world
Interviews with Scottish men who volunteered to fight in the Spanish Civil War will be heard in public for the first time as part of a new exhibition.

Healthy meal kits can boost children’s long-term health

Organic food
A scheme that helped parents plan well-balanced family dinners for three months kept their children healthier for years after, a study has found.

Lambeth Palace award for Professor Siddiqui

The Archbishop of Canterbury has conferred a major award to Professor Mona Siddiqui for her work on interfaith dialogue.

UK's oldest book awards captivate in 100th year

UK's oldest book awards captivate in 100th year
An appealing mix of books illuminating themes such as gender, identity and race form the shortlist for the centenary awards of Britain’s longest-running literary prizes.

Spectre of popular agent looms over Spy Week

Spectre of popular agent looms over Spy Week
A history of Britain's favourite fictional agent and a talk on women's roles in espionage are among the highlights in a celebration of spy fiction and film.

Philosophy hub is good for thought, experts say

Key life skills that pupils can learn from philosophy are available from a new online hub.

Centres spread word on bilingualism benefits

More people in the US are to be encouraged and supported to speak more than one language thanks to the expansion of an Edinburgh initiative.

Arts and PE help pupils to thrive at school

Pupils who enjoy physical education and the arts take part in school life more fully than those who do not, a study suggests.

Immigration proposals may cut Scots workforce

The number of workers in Scotland could fall by up to five per cent over the next two decades, a study suggests.

Women’s rights more likely to feature in peace deals

Women’s rights are increasingly being incorporated into peace processes despite being historically overlooked in agreements, research says.

Philosophy of race focus for major new appointment

One of the US’s foremost experts on the philosophy of race and gender is set to join the University and help establish Edinburgh as a leader in the field.

Believing your partner cares is good for health

Having an attentive partner can significantly improve your long-term health and even life expectancy, research suggests.

Fishing doc nets top Gaelic film award

A documentary about the Outer Hebrides fishing industry has won a top prize in a ceremony that honours the year’s best Gaelic-language films.

Art and AI programme announced

Edinburgh Futures Institute is to host an artist working with artificial intelligence as part of a new project linking emerging technologies with the city’s festivals.

Films portray migrants’ memories in new light

Black and white photo showing the Ladies’ Guild cheder picnic
Stories of Jewish immigrants who made Scotland their home have been brought to life in a series of short films.

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