Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, welcomes you to this edition of Edit.
Welcome to your 2018 edition of Edit. It gives me great pleasure to be writing to you as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh – an institution which I hope means a great deal to you.
Since my arrival in Edinburgh earlier this year, I’ve been meeting as many students, staff, supporters and friends of the University as possible, and I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to meet a few of you during this time.
It has been a steep and intriguing learning curve to understand the achievements of this incredible global community of teachers and learners. This edition of Edit does much to celebrate our community, throwing as it does a spotlight on former students who have gone on to influence the world in their own unique ways.
We hear from Dr Helen Pankhurst, great granddaughter of leading suffragette Emmeline, on what it means to be still marching in this centenary year of women’s suffrage. We also hear from two law graduates about their incredible experience while working for lobbyists ICAN who won the Nobel Peace Prize. We open up the conversation about digital security, and what advice our experts can offer.
Our cover celebrates the inroads that our female engineering graduates have made, as we mark the year Engineering at Edinburgh turns 150. We talk to young medical students about their ambitions to become GPs, and to those GP graduates already in the workplace. We learn about the community work our music students and staff are doing in refugee camps.
As ever there is much more to read in these pages, and online at www.ed.ac.uk/ edit-magazine. We hope you’re also enjoying your monthly Edit supplements, which you can sign up for on the website. And as ever we’d love to hear from you if you have any thoughts on the magazine or would like to tell us your story.
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With best regards,