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University Joins Forces with Charteris Centre

Man and woman signing a contract
The University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Greyfriars Charteris Centre to support the local community.

Object of the month: Chinese headdress

Headdress
This rather cheeky-looking child’s headdress from China is one of the key objects soon to be on display in the Main Library’s exhibition Touching Stitches.

Digital Skills Blog

AMINA
Find out what it's like to be a volunteer or student on our Digital Skills course.

Congratulations to Castleview

Dr Cathy Southworth from the Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) has played a key role in Community Engagement at Castleview Primary School, which has recently been recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Object of the month: The Buglet

Meet the bicycle buglet...

2019 Edinburgh Gaelic Festival launched

The Edinburgh Gaelic Festival (Seachdain na Gàidhlig) is a city-wide festival, taking place 8-16 November 2019 and celebrating Edinburgh’s Gaelic community, past and present.

More University buildings to open their doors to the public this month

McEwan Hall ceiling
The University of Edinburgh is opening its doors to the public as part of the Doors Open Days on 28 and 29 September.

University Makes Positive Pledge

Social impact pledge
The University of Edinburgh has signed a pledge to make a positive social impact through its work with the local community.

The Local and the Global

Human Library
The Business School recently hosted a multi-cultural 'Human Library' event.

Object of the month: Dancing Photo

dancers
This rather elegant photo features in Body Language, the current exhibition on at the University’s Main Library.

Cartoon hero adds colour to quad for charity trail

Oor Wullie
An eye-catching sculpture of much-loved national icon 'Oor Wullie' is to take centre stage in the University’s Old College quad this summer.

Object of the month: Indian Mayuri Lute

Every month we feature a fascinating object that's on display in one of the University's museums and galleries. You're invited to come along to the exhibition and see it for yourself! This month: an Indian Mayuri lute

Edinburgh Local Showcase: Engagement in the Curriculum

Community engagement in the curriculum showcase
On Tuesday 14 May the University hosted a showcase of some of the fantastic work being carried out by our students in partnership with local schools and community organisations. 

Object of the month: Florence Nightingale’s Lace Cap

Object of the month: Florence Nightingale’s Lace Cap
Every month we feature a fascinating object that's on display in one of the University's museums and galleries. You're invited to come along to the exhibition and see it for yourself! This month: Florence Nightingale’s Lace Cap.

Object of the month: Gaita gallega (Galician bagpipes)

Gaita gallega (Galician bagpipes)
Every month we feature a fascinating object that's on display in one of the University's museums and galleries. You're invited to come along to the exhibition and see it for yourself!

Community Grants Scheme now open!

Friendship Cafes Hosted by the Welcoming
Bids are invited for grants that help local groups make greater impact across the city.

Public light show at city landmark honours student’s charitable legacy

Bruce Munro exhibition
On 25 March, hundreds of fibre optic flowers will illuminate the University of Edinburgh’s Old College quadrangle to honour a remarkable student who founded a charity during her studies. 

All are welcome to the Festival of Creative Learning 2019!

Festival of Creative Learning 2019, 18-22 Feb, #FCL19
We are delighted to invite YOU to join us for the 2019 Festival of Creative Learning, a week of innovative learning events at the University of Edinburgh, taking place 18th-22nd February 2019. This year we have more events than ever that are open to the public, so it really is not to be missed!

Estates Team raise over £5,500 for dementia research

The Estates Department at the University of Edinburgh have found creative ways in 2018 to raise vital money for the Centre for Dementia Prevention.

Rugby stars rallied for charity sports quiz

Just a Sports Quiz
Scottish rugby legends gathered for a sports-themed quiz to raise funds for research into motor neurone disease.

BioQuarter points the way

New Edinburgh Bioquarter signs
Since Monday 29 October, The University of Edinburgh's Little France campus has become officially known as Edinburgh BioQuarter.

Students and staff support efforts to end homelessness

Sleep in the Park logo
Students and staff to take part in Sleep in the Park to raise money to tackle homelessness.

University lights up the Southside

Christmas lights
On Tuesday 4 December, Moira Gibson, the recently retired Head of External Affairs at the University of Edinburgh, was invited by the Southside Association to switch on the lights at St Patrick Square as part of their Carol Service and Festive Lights Ceremony.

Experts teach tour guides the real story of Burke and Hare

Burle and Hare tour
They are among the world’s most notorious serial killers but the details of their story are often mis-told…

University opens its doors to the public

McEwan Hall ceiling
The University of Edinburgh will take part in the annual Doors Open Day on 29 and 30 September, allowing the public to explore some of the institution’s most interesting buildings for free.

Experienced teacher needed for research project

Teacher
Researchers at the University are looking to hire an experienced teacher to help turn a piece of research into a teaching resource and advice where it would best fit into the curriculum.

Grassmarket social entrepreneur given honorary degree

Jonny Kinross receives honorary degree
Jonny Kinross, CEO of a successful social enterprise based in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town, has been awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his charitable work.

Over a hundred attendees at the Edinburgh Local Showcase and Forum

Edinburgh Local Showcase and Forum
On 4 June 2018, community members and University staff were invited to attend The Edinburgh Local Showcase and Forum.

Grant scheme awards over £70,000 to community projects

Community grants scheme funds local projects
Projects aiming to benefit local communities in Edinburgh and Midlothian have been awarded a total of over £70,000 in grants by the University.

How To Read a Novel

James Tait Black shortlist 2018
An online course offers an insight into some of the books and authors shortlisted for this year’s James Tait Black Prizes, the UK’s longest -running literary awards.

St Cecilia's Hall supports people affected by dementia

Sarah Deters with visitors at St Cecelia's hall
Two initiatives at our beautiful Concert Hall help people with dementia and their carers.

Virtual walking tours of Edinburgh

Image of the Edinburgh skyline
A new website and free app called Curious Edinburgh explores the history of the city and its role in science, technology and medicine.

First Modern Apprentice at the IGMM

Modern Apprentices 2018
The Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) is delighted to be hosting its first Modern Apprentice.

Research project supports families with deaf children

Deaf families
Researchers would like to know more about how families on a low income manage when bringing up a deaf child.

Library treasures old and new

Who? Why? What? exhibition
A fascinating exhibition and a rare book are part of the University’s exceptional collections.

Spy Week 2018 is coming

Spy Week 2018
Our annual Spy Week runs from 16-20 April and the University will be hosting public events focusing on espionage fiction and film.

Delivering Positive Impact for Society

Initiatives to support local organisations, homeless people and social enterprises are included in the University's most recent commitment to local communities.

Purple is the colour of epilepsy research

Purple Day 2018
Staff and students are teaming up with local organisations to turn Edinburgh purple on Monday 26 March.

Celebration of Edinburgh's international community

University schools and groups took part in a national day of action, celebrating the contribution of migrants to the UK.

Art Masterclasses for S5 and S6 pupils

ECA main campus
Edinburgh College of Art is offering 5th and 6th year pupils a programme of subject-based masterclasses.

New programme offers another chance to study

A laptop
A new programme will help adult returners to learning who want to study at Edinburgh but who haven't yet got the necessary qualifications.

£1m investment is force for social good

MSPs and Partners at Big Issue Invest event
The University has invested £1 million in a new partnership that seeks to dismantle poverty and create opportunity for people and communities across the UK.

Sleep out makes big impact

University students and staff slept out on a freezing December night and raised over £50,000 to house homeless people in Edinburgh.

Season's Greetings!

Students of Animation at Edinburgh College of Art have created a fun Christmas card where a little star lights up the city.

Giving and receiving at Christmas

Staff and students are busy fundraising and giving this Christmas, and the University also offers a great selection of unusual gifts.

Shoppers take part in Festival of Social Science

The Festival of Social Science came to Edinburgh’s Ocean Terminal in November when shoppers took part in family-friendly activities organised by the University in conjunction with Leith Labs. 

Students develop business ideas that tackle social challenges

The mission for students taking part in the #makeyourmark project was to design a product that tackles social challenges whilst also making a profit.

City of Edinburgh honours University Principal

The prestigious Edinburgh Award has been given to the Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea.

Students splash colour in playground

Fourth year Graphic Design students researched, designed and installed a garden mural to inject some creativity into the playground of city-centre Tollcross Primary School.

Reunion for unique local residents

A remarkable group of local people, who have contributed to years of research to uncover the key to healthy ageing, have reunited in Edinburgh.

Rare artworks donated to gallery

One of Europe’s most influential painters has gifted a collection of work to the University’s Talbot Rice Gallery.

Free online course about your pet

Pet owners can better understand their cats and dogs by taking a new course devised by world-leading experts.

Making Edinburgh a great place to be

A new survey ranks Edinburgh as one of the most dynamic places to live in Europe.

Edinburgh art raises cash for charity

Students from across the University have created a colouring book of iconic locations in Edinburgh to raise funds for charity.