Human Resources

Universities Retired Staff Association

Membership of URSA and how it works.


Membership of the Universities Retired Staff Association (URSA) is open to retired staff (and their partners) of the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University. The aims of the Association are to promote the fellowship and well-being of retired members of staff and to maintain their interest in University affairs.


Meetings, with a speaker, are held monthly from October to April on Tuesday afternoons at 2.30pm in the Chaplaincy Centre, 1 Bristo Square (opposite McEwan Hall).

During the session there are also three visits to local places of interest, a summer outing in June and a Christmas lunch.

There are three newsletters sent out per year.


Membership Type Single Joint (with Partner)
One off membership joining fee £5.00 £7.50
Annual subscription £6.00 £9.00

If you wish to apply for membership for the current session, please complete the application form available below and forward it with your cheque to the Treasurer at the address on the form.


If you have any other queries, or wish to be sent a paper copy of the form, now or at some time in the future, please email the Chairperson Margaret Williams:

Programme 2023/24





10 Oct

Eric Melvin, “The Fresh Air of the Summer Morning. The story of Duncan Napier (1831-1921), the famous Edinburgh herbalist

14 Nov

Bruce Keith, “Are we nearly there yet?”

21 Nov

Visit to Magdalen Chapel, Cowgate

  5 Dec

Becky Peacock, “The Museum of Scottish Railways Collection: Past, Present and Future”

14 Dec

Christmas Lunch – Royal Scots Club





16 Jan

Alison Acosta, “Harmeny Education Trust – A place to live, a space to thrive.

13 Feb

Patricia Erskine, “The Edinburgh Futures Institute – Challenge. Create. Change.”

12 Mar

Margaret Williams, “Pontius Pilate - wimpish, pig-headed or a calculating political operator?”

19 Mar

Visit to Edinburgh Central Library, George IV Bridge

23 Apr

AGM and Re-appraisal Meeting;  Peter Whelpdale, “Geocaching in Madeira”

 7 May

Visit to Lauriston Castle

11 June

Summer Outing - Venue TBA