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 2.30pm 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 Annette Blane:

Programme 2019/20




8 October

Fred Daniels “China Overland, Part 3: Gobi Desert to Leshan”

12 November

Jim Tweedie “The Gretna Rail Disaster”

19 November

Visit to University of Edinburgh Centre for Research Collections

3 December

Very Revd Dr Derek Browning “Longer Tables, not Higher Walls”

10 December

Christmas Lunch - Royal Scots Club


14 January

John Johnston “Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance”

11 February

Ian Garden “Exploding the Myths about Nazi film propaganda”

10 March

Alan Packer “Lapland: Travelling to Ice in Summer”

17 March

Visit to Mansfield Traquair Centre

21 April

AGM and Re-appraisal Meeting – Speaker TBA

5 May

Visit to Gladstone's Land

2 June

Summer Outing - Venue TBA