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 2022/23




11 October

Andrew Grant, “Walking the Camino de Santiago”

8 November

Maurice McIlwrick, “Secret Tunnels of Edinburgh”

22 November

Visit to Mansfield Traquair Centre

6 December Catherine Booth, "Crime and Choloroform: Ambros Parry's Edinburgh"

13 December

Christmas Lunch – Royal Scots Club


17 January

Helen Brown, Water of Leith Conservation Trust Manager, “The Water of Leith and the work of the Conservation Trust”

14 February

Professor Graham Stone, “Planting wildflower meadows for urban pollinators”

14 March

Bruce Keith, “Bridgescapes: Scotland’s iconic bridges”

21 March

Visit TBA

25 April

AGM and Re-appraisal Meeting – Speaker TBA

2 or 9 May

Visit TBA

6 or 13 June

Summer Outing - Venue TBA