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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

External shot of British Academy building
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

View of 50 George Square and David Hume Tower
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

5 people stand looking to camera in front of an old building
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

Shannon Vallor - Technomoral Futures
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.

Byron exhibits highlight poet’s ties to Greece

Prized personal effects from the poet Lord Byron’s last, ill-fated trip to Greece have gone on display at the University.

Patchwork banners add colour to skyline for COP26

Two vibrant patchwork banners have been created by faith communities in Scotland to send a message of support for tackling the climate crisis.

Research festival spotlights pressing issues

The secrets to long lasting relationships, discussions around diet choices, and the environmental benefits of seaweed are among the topics to be explored at a major research showcase.

Data can help football up its game, study shows

Smart analysis of football-related data can help the Scottish game build back better from the pandemic, a study suggests.

Covid threatens creative diversity, study finds

Creative workforces risk becoming even less diverse after the pandemic unless there are significant efforts to boost equality and inclusion, research shows.

Positive teacher relationships may reduce crime

Young people who have a good relationship with their teacher in childhood are less likely to engage in anti-social behaviour in adolescence, a study says.

Social context is key to Covid testing success

Clearer understanding is needed of the social factors that influence participation rates in Covid-19 testing programmes, research suggests.

Visionary research celebrated with Fellowships

Composite image of the six academics who received the government fellowship.
Six Edinburgh academics have been announced as recipients of a government fellowship to propel research tackling global challenges and to bring innovative ideas to market.  

Seminars spotlight subjects’ shared language

Secondary pupils are being invited to explore the similarities between language learning and mathematical problem solving in seminars involving Edinburgh experts.

Electrifying tales claim UK’s oldest book awards

James Tait Black 2021 Literary award winners
A memoir of a woman obsessed with an 18th-century noblewoman and a story of self-discovery fuelled by an infatuation with a forgotten Black modernist poet have won the UK’s longest-running literary awards.

Asia experts urge better post-Covid labour deal

Politicians in South Asia should act swiftly to better protect labour rights during the Covid-19 pandemic, Edinburgh research suggests.

Fringe show is sure to keep audience engaged

It sounds like just the ticket for anyone who has ever felt a little short changed by a Fringe performance.

Captivating show allows creative talent to shine

Hannah Farthing - MA Illustration
The next generation of artistic and design talent is showcasing its inspired creations in the annual Edinburgh College of Art’s Masters Show.

St James Quarter celebrates local fashion talent

Isabella Gutierrez - The Second Skin
Five Edinburgh College of Art fashion students have been recognised by a suite of new prizes set up to nurture fresh design talent

Campaign puts world-changing ideas into action

A campaign has been launched to help ensure that College-based research has even greater real-world impact.

Stage all set for return of festivals buzz

A captivating array of events is taking place on campus as the University reaffirms its commitment to Edinburgh’s summer festivals.

Artwork extends hand of friendship post-Brexit

An artwork resounding to the strains of Auld Lang Syne in 28 languages will lament the UK’s departure from the EU.

£7m study seeks green boost for city health

Innovative ways in which nature can help reduce health inequalities in cities will be the focus of a £7.1 million study.

Digital survey puts skills claims to the test

People who have completed digital skills training are being invited to take part in research that gauges its effectiveness.

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