Highlights from our local news and events in 2017 and 2018.
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)
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!
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
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!
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
Scottish rugby legends gathered for a sports-themed quiz to raise funds for research into motor neurone disease.
BioQuarter points the way
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
Students and staff to take part in Sleep in the Park to raise money to tackle homelessness.
University lights up the Southside
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
Two initiatives at our beautiful Concert Hall help people with dementia and their carers.
Virtual walking tours of Edinburgh
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
The Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) is delighted to be hosting its first Modern Apprentice.
Research project supports families with deaf children
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
A fascinating exhibition and a rare book are part of the University’s exceptional collections.
Spy Week 2018 is coming
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
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
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 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
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.
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.