Communications and Marketing

External Affairs

External Affairs manages the University’s parliamentary and community relations.

Parliamentary Relations

The University works with MSPs at Holyrood and MPs and Peers at Westminster in a number of ways.

It is important that politicians understand the work that the University does, including its research, teaching and learning. It is equally important that they are fully aware of the role we play within the community, the nation and the world in addressing major challenges in education, health and the economy, as well as in social, environmental and cultural spheres.

We can help staff:

  • understand parliamentary processes and procedures
  • identify the politicians, at both the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood and the UK Parliament at Westminster, who might be those most relevant for you to contact about your research, to invite to your event or to visit your facilities
  • work with colleagues in Knowledge Exchange to identify parliamentary inquiries and government consultations to which you may wish to respond and give evidence
  • make links with relevant parliamentary committees, cross-party and all-party groups to which you could contribute

We can help politicians:

  • understand what the University does, how it works and its Strategic Plan
  • identify the best person to contact whether it’s to find out more about our research, to understand our funding streams or student recruitment strategy, or to visit our specialist collections
  • get an expert briefing on a particular subject for a debate, a Committee evidence session or to help shape policy
  • learn more about why the University of Edinburgh is vital to Scotland’s education, economy, health, culture and its international profile

Community Relations

Founded by the Town Council in 1583, the University is very proud to be the oldest civic foundation in the English-speaking world. 

Our buildings, our staff and our students have been an integral part of the fabric of the city for over 430 years, and we work hard to foster good relationships between the University and the local communities in which we are located and where we live.

We can help staff and students:

  • by offering advice on relations with the City of Edinburgh Council, Midlothian Council, and local neighbourhood and community groups
  • by offering advice on issues where a strong interface between the community and staff and/or students is necessary or desirable
  • showcase projects which take place in the community and identify partners

We will try to help citizens, businesses and community groups:

  • identify who best to contact within the University to answer your enquiry
  • arrange visits to our museums, galleries and special collections
  • contact the student volunteering co-ordinator

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External Affairs

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Moira Gibson

Head of External Affairs

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Gavin Donoghue

Public Affairs Manager

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