Edinburgh Impact

Culture and creativity

Advances in the creative economies and an exploration of the cultural heritage of Scotland and other countries and peoples.

The University is active in vibrant areas of the creative economies such as gaming, music, the visual arts, film, and graphic design. Its research also enriches topics including tourism, festivals, and the rich cultural heritage of Scotland and other countries.

Discover how Edinburgh's influence helps shape and inform our culture and creativity.


Woman taking picture in Scottish Highlands

Hi-tech tool prompts hope of virtual assistants fluent in Gaelic

Speech recognition software developed by Edinburgh researchers is helping to ensure that Scotland’s ancient language has a place in the modern technological landscape.

Gaelic virtual assistants
Linlithgow Palace Chapel

Revived with the sound of music

Gaming technology can blur the lines between reality and fantasy. Researchers have been exploring its potential to create the sensation of a musical time machine.

Revived with the sound of music
Kit Sked, Blacksmith, Cousland Smithy, Dalkeith, 1987. Photo by Ian MacKenzie

Where artistry and everyday life meet

In 1951 the School of Scottish Studies began collecting images, stories and voices of the Scottish lives that had been often overlooked. As its famed Archive celebrates its 70th anniversary, its impact still resonates.

Where artistry and everyday life meet