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Making music tunes up wellbeing during lockdown

Spontaneous group music making is associated with a number of wellbeing benefits – even if the performers are not in the same room – a study shows.

New Chancellor’s Fellows announced for CAHSS

The University's Old College quadrangle
Forty of the University’s most promising early career researchers have been awarded prestigious fellowships to develop their innovative work.

Climate change concern unaffected by pandemic

Covid-19 has not made people any less concerned about climate change – despite the pandemic disrupting and dominating many aspects of their lives, a study suggests.

Milestone occasion has community at its heart

People attending a celebration marking 60 years of community education at Edinburgh will hear why the subject remains as vital as ever.

Experts highlight need for devolved climate plan

The Scottish Government must work more effectively with regional and local authorities if it is to meet its climate change targets, research suggests.

Mediterranean diet linked to thinking skills

People who eat a Mediterranean-style diet—particularly one rich in green leafy vegetables and low in meat—are more likely to stay mentally sharp in later life, a study shows.

Air pollution poses risk to thinking skills

Exposure to air pollution in childhood is linked to a decline in thinking skills in later life, a study suggests.

Digital hub offers support to homeless community

An online service to improve support for people who are homeless has been developed by researchers and community partners.

Divinity marks 175th anniversary of New College

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The University’s world-renowned School of Divinity has launched a series of events to celebrate the 175th birthday of its home.

Parents’ views sought on the impact of Covid-19

Parents and caregivers are being asked to share their experiences of how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting their children’s lives.

Cultural treasure trove marks decade of growth

A Scottish cultural resource, featuring a wealth of material collected by Edinburgh researchers, is continuing to thrive as it passes a key milestone.

Fans show confidence in return to sports events

Fans have confidence in organisers of sports events to keep them safe at fixtures, a study shows.

Sports stars support concussion initiative

Two leading figures from British sport are backing a research-led initiative to raise awareness of the risks associated with concussion.

Research platform supports pandemic insights

Edinburgh researchers are part of a new hub to support the recovery of global communities from Covid-19.

Games alliance plays to historians’ strengths

Historians at Edinburgh are using video and table top games to help build a better understanding of the past.

Social class still dictates graduate job trends

Initiatives that encourage people from disadvantaged backgrounds to study at university do not automatically improve access to top-level jobs, a study suggests.

Trainee teachers focus on pupils’ mental health

Student teachers are strengthening their understanding of pupils’ mental health needs thanks to a University partnership with a leading charity.

Babies breastfed for longer gain emotional benefits

Children who are breastfed for three months or more develop fewer behavioural difficulties than those who are not, research suggests.

Action urged to ease refugees’ alcohol plight

Crucial policy changes are needed to reduce the alcohol-related harm being experienced by refugees and asylum seekers across the UK, researchers say.

Course enhances care for brain injury survivors

Care offered to people recovering from strokes and brain injuries is to be enhanced by a specialist study programme for registered nurses.

Soothing image app helps emotional wellbeing

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A bank of comforting images to improve the wellbeing of the carers of people affected by dementia has been developed by Edinburgh researchers.   

Rugby can play key health role, study finds

Playing rugby union can significantly improve health and wellbeing, despite the risks associated with the game, a study suggests.

Centre heralds new era for the digital economy

Developing technological solutions to improve the governance of the digital economy is the focus of a major new hub.

Vibrant carnival production wins drama prize

Vibrant carnival production wins drama prize
An energetic play about the experiences of two best friends during a carnival of Caribbean culture has won the James Tait Black Prize for Drama.

Artwork delivers key insights into gig economy

Engaging performance art, commissioned by the University, is exploring how the so-called gig economy impacts on people working in the creative industries.

Partnership serves global healthcare solutions

Female African nurse delivering care
A project to equip nurses and midwives to tackle global healthcare challenges has been launched at the University.

Majestic collection showcased on global stage

Celtic Psalter - An 11th century Psalter, or Book of Psalms
Scotland's oldest surviving book still in a Scottish collection is among the historic artefacts showcased in a new free online experience.

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.

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