Human Resources

Universities Retired Staff Association

Membership of URSA and how it works.


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 2.15pm 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 3 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 Annette Blane:

Programme 2017/18




10 October

Mr Harry Knox: "Scotland's first Oil Boom"

14 November

Professor Ian Deary: "How intelligence affects life and vice versa: an update"

21 November

Visit to St Cecilia's Hall

5 December

Brigadier Ian Gardiner - "Oman - the Unkown Vital War 1965-75"

12 December

Christmas Lunch


16 January

Mr John Helliwell: "Mary's Meals"

13 February

Mr Fred Daniels – “China Part 2 - Zhangye to Xiahe Overland”

13 March

Ms Jenny Calcott: "The Life and Times of Queensberry House"

20 March

Visit to The Corstophine Trust, tour of house and museum

24 April

AGM and Re-appraisal Meeting

1 May

Visit to Summerhall, Edinburgh Arts Venue

12 June

Summer Outing - Venue TBA