Edinburgh Friends

2019 - Issue 11

The 2019 edition of the Edinburgh Friends magazine.

Philanthropy and the appetite for risk

Chris Cox, Vice-Principal Philanthropy, welcomes you to this issue of Edinburgh Friends.


Light show in Old College quad
Our review of the past academic year, showcasing projects that have been funded by the philanthropic support of individuals and organisations.

An Edinburgh for everyone

Our widening participation projects are helping to open doors to all sectors of society – a core element of the University’s ethos.

Out of the corporate closet

Teale Failla
As the first recipient of the Somewhere MBA LGBT+ Scholarship, Teale Failla is proud to be a leader in creating a business world where a diverse workforce is viewed as an asset.

Protecting our most valuable resources

An estimated one million people in the UK are projected to be diagnosed with dementia by 2025. Attacking our most valuable resources as humans, it erodes our thinking skills and our memories, destroys our personalities and takes an enormous toll on patients and their families. But pioneering collaborative research in Edinburgh is bringing us ever closer to effective treatments.

Technoethics and the pursuit of human flourishing

As the University continues to develop its research into the crucial role that data science and artificial intelligence will play in the world’s future, Dr James Eglinton, Meldrum Lecturer in Reformed Theology at the School of Divinity, considers the impact on our ethical codes and human character, and how they can lead to meaningful and sustainable progress for the whole of society.

Save our oceans

The humble sea cucumber is helping villagers in Madagascar secure a better future – and reaping huge benefits for the area’s marine biodiversity.

Talking sense

Bilingual family
The Bilingualism Matters research centre is showing that the ability to speak more than one language has many benefits beyond communication.

Our values are the future of teaching

Sian Bayne Near Future Teaching
It’s often assumed that technology is the main driving force behind the evolution of teaching, but the University has emerged as an important advocate for using community values to shape an effective future for learning and the student experience.

Three decades of impact

Paolozzi exhibition
Legacy giving has helped support teaching, learning and research at the University of Edinburgh since its foundation in the 16th century. Today, supporters who pledge a legacy gift in their wills become part of the Carlyle Circle, a group that will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year. To mark the occasion, we look back across the past three decades to reflect on some of the ways legacy giving has benefited our University, its people and our wider community.