Edinburgh Global

Global stories

Read stories from across the University's global activity, projects, partnerships and community work.

Literatures and Cultures in the Face of War: Edinburgh-KNU Collaboration

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A collaboration between Edinburgh and KNU involving guest lectures, joint seminars, sharing online resources and research mobility.

Urban Regeneration: Impacts of War lab

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A collaboration between Edinburgh and KNU, exchanging experiences, knowledge and ideas between students and staff from both universities, which looks to limit damage, achieve justice and aid sustainable and inclusive reconstruction.

Pollution sensors help asthmatics’ health

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Air pollution is amongst the five highest risk factors for global health. In India, it’s no exception. The ‘Delhi Air Pollution: Health and Effects’ (DAPHNE) project is a collaborative research initiative that is creating innovative solutions for people with asthma.

University of Edinburgh-Africa Commitment

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The University of Edinburgh announced a multi-year commitment to support a Principal’s African Partnership Fund during a recent visit to Ghana.

Edinburgh and Una Europa Impact Report

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The Una Europa alliance was launched in 2019 with its 3-year pilot project, 1Europe. To highlight the achievements, outputs and measures of success, we have developed an Edinburgh and Una Europa Impact Report covering 2019-2022.

Seed funding collaborations in North America

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We have been deepening and strengthening key partnerships in North America, to access funding and build links to research and industry. Combining expertise and resources through partnerships has grown the opportunity for Edinburgh to contribute to solving global challenges more effectively and impactfully.

Support for those affected by the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

The student and staff community at the University of Edinburgh wishes to express our solidarity with all of those affected by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

Photo competition winners - Extraordinary Edinburgh

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The annual student photography competition winners have been announced! The competition was open in Semester 1 under the theme ‘Extraordinary Edinburgh’. Open to international students and students who have had a study or work away experience, the submissions totalled close to 300 photos.

The Jameel Observatory's first year

More than a year has passed since the launch of the Jameel Observatory for Food Security Early Action, in September 2021.

Sydney Brenner Fellowship

We spoke with Dr Luicer Anne Ingasia Olubayo and Dr David Twesigomwe, recipients of the Sydney Brenner Fellowship.

Julius Nyerere centenary

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On Monday 7 November 2022, the University of Edinburgh had the privilege of hosting a series of events paying tribute to the centenary of Julius Kambarage Nyerere’s birth. The first president of the Republic of Tanzania, Nyerere remains one of the University’s most renowned and accomplished alumni, working tirelessly for the independence of Tanzania and against oppressive regimes such as Apartheid.

Global Community team expands

We are delighted to welcome new colleagues Chioma Dibia, Ameena Almeer and Vivian MacDonald to join our Global Community Team. Edinburgh Global continues to evolve through 2022 with the creation of several new roles which aim to support strategic initiatives for our global community of staff, students and visitors.

Edinburgh wins partnership award in China

The award was received on behalf of the University of Edinburgh by Leina Shi, Director Education at British Council China.
The University received an award at the 2022 British Business Awards in China earlier this month. Edinburgh was recognised for its partnership with Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU) and their work together on the UK-China Low Carbon College.

Edinburgh Earth Initiative web launch

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October saw the launch of the Edinburgh Earth Initiative website. The initiative, launched in 2021, aims to accelerate the University of Edinburgh’s response to the climate crisis.

Una Europa Kaleidoscope & Staff Week

From 26 to 30 September 2022, the University of Edinburgh hosted Una Europa partner Universities for a week of collaboration, celebration, reflecting and planning. Over 250 delegates gathered to participate in the 49 different activities.

Harnessing the power of evaluation to build better partnerships

A new evaluation handbook gives us the evidence to understand the value of partnerships – and to use that evidence to inform decision-making.

Improving eye care diagnostics in India

Beth Mills, based at the Queen’s Medical Research Institute, has worked with Aravind Eye Care Systems (AECS) since 2017, exploring diagnostic strategy for cornea infections using SmartProbes. She shared her experiences and the project’s successes with us.

Witwatersrand awards Centennial Fellows to Edinburgh researchers

As part of its 2022 centennial celebrations, the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg has awarded three short-term fellowships for researchers based at the University of Edinburgh.

Una.Universitas confirmed by European Commission

Yesterday's announcement that the Una Europa alliance has secured funding for its Una.Universitas project presents new and unique opportunities for Edinburgh students and staff further to develop joint activity with Una Europa member universities.

First Una Europa Summer School held in Edinburgh

From 25 July to 5 August, more than 50 students from the University of Edinburgh and European partner universities came together to tackle One Health issues.

Preventing Pesticide Suicide in SE Asia

The Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention (CPSP) is a philanthropically funded research and policy initiative within the University of Edinburgh, working to reduce the number of pesticide suicides worldwide.

Launch of export control compliance network: HEECA

HEECA is the Higher Education Export Control Association. This national network was founded by professionals at the UK’s leading research universities including the University of Edinburgh. HEECA was formed to develop, maintain and promote best practice in Export Control Compliance across the UK Higher Education sector.

Arctic spotlight

Edinburgh will be the host location for the next Arctic Science Summit Week and the Arctic Observing Summit in 2024, the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) announced this week. This is the most important annual gathering of Arctic Research Organisations and will attract around 1,000 Arctic researchers from around the world to the city.

An interview with Respect Rungano Musiyiwa

An interview with Respect Rungano Musiyiwa, a multi-awarding social leader and founder of a nonprofit CASL Trust

Refugee Week: Community Stories

Interested in joining in Refugee Activism? There are many ways to make a difference. Read about Anna, Nula, and Hammed's journeys into Refugee Activism and their starts at the University of Edinburgh.

Hear from the Identities in Transition Participants

Hear from the Identities in Transition Project Researchers as they share their experiences as part of the Mastercard Foundation programme of participants and how they came to join the Identities in Transition research project. Find out more about the Identities in Transition project here. 

Edinburgh student becomes #WeAreInternational Student Ambassador

Following a highly competitive application process, an undergraduate student from the University of Edinburgh has been selected to the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) Student Ambassador Programme.

Student photo competition winners 2021

The annual Edinburgh Global international student photography competition winners have been selected.

Una Europa welcomes Leiden University

Una Europa’s leading research universities welcome a new member from the Netherlands, with Leiden University joining the European alliance.

Johanna Holtan reflects on Scholars Program

Johanna Holtan has been instrumental in the success and growth of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MFSP) at Edinburgh since its beginnings in 2016. She takes up a new role in the Edinburgh Earth Initiative in the new year and shared her thoughts as she looks back at her time leading the program.