Our staff and students are working with local communities on a variety of interesting projects.
Social Impact Pledge 2023
In February 2023, the Principal of the University of Edinburgh signed a Social Impact Pledge, reaffirming the institution’s commitment to improve its social impact.
Dick Vet in the Community
Dick Vet in the Community is a University of Edinburgh community outreach centre providing a physical space for the University’s community projects and partnerships.
Edinburgh Eats was a proof-of-concept project about a new recipe box scheme designed to help people in food poverty.
Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas
The Cabaret of Dangerous is a blend of controversial academic research, audience interaction, and a dash of comedy at the world’s largest arts festival!
Re-Act: Working with New Scot’s families
A brilliant project was formed through a partnership between Moray House School of Education and Sport and Re-Act for the children of Syrian refugees in the community. Re-Act were recipients of a grant through the University's Community Grant Scheme.
Recipe book for people experiencing homelessness
A group of second year medical students at the University of Edinburgh have created a cook book, 'Cooking Without a Cooker', for people experiencing homelessness.
Get involved in the Lothian Diary Project
Are you a resident in Edinburgh? Would you like to take part in a project by telling us about your experience of the Covid-19 pandemic?
The University joins forces with local organisations to expand IT distribution efforts
A computer donation project has been expanded to support school pupils and community organisations through lockdown.
Craigmillar has an extraordinary history, and a local team are developing a public archive dedicated to it. They received a University grant in 2020, so we caught up with Founder, Rachel Cloughton to hear about the progress.
Nearly every Thursday between 7pm-9pm, students from the University of Edinburgh run a social club in the local community for adults with learning disabilities.
Tutors help Syrian refugees to settle in
Student tutors are helping young refugees from Syria to adapt to new lives in Edinburgh.
Living and working in Edinburgh
Ros Claase works at the University and in her spare time is also very active in the local Edinburgh community. She shares her experiences of being a trustee for a local charity, and how her skills from her job at the University have helped her contribute to her community.
Every weekend, in all weathers, University students from the Dirty Weekenders Conservation Volunteer Group pull on their wellies to go out and clean up the local environment.
Children’s Holiday Venture
For over 50 years, a student-run charity has been helping children from disadvantaged areas of Edinburgh to improve emotional wellbeing, confidence and social skills through having fun.
University Supports Sudanese Forum
The University has supported the launch of the Edinburgh Sudanese Cultural Forum with a Community Grant.
Why Football is More Than Just a Game
As the Scottish Premier League season begins, an academic football course delivered by the University’s Academy of Sport has received praise from its participants.
Students Give Young People a Sporting Chance
A new initiative sees University student-athletes mentor young people in the community.
St Mary’s Cathedral Workshop
The Edinburgh Local Community Grants Scheme at the University of Edinburgh is proud to support organisations who are making a great impact in the city and surrounding areas.
The Edinburgh Girls Project
The Edinburgh Girls Project is a project funded by the Edinburgh Local Community Grants Scheme. Hear their inspiring story.
Who deserves a second chance?
The University of Edinburgh is teaming up with Community Justice Scotland in national campaign.
The Edinburgh Pad Project
The Edinburgh Pad Project is a brand new group run by the Edinburgh Remakery and Edinburgh University Students’ Association Volunteering Service.
Re-imagining Nicolson Square
Over the last few months, University students and staff have been working together to solve a locally-based challenge: how to tackle anti-social behaviour in public spaces, whilst also promoting social inclusion.
University supports local charity to help vulnerable members of the community
The University has provided a one-off donation to Street Assist, a charity that supports Edinburgh residents who become vulnerable on weekend nights.
Investing in early support for young people
Mayfield and Easthouses Youth 2000 Project (Y2K) is a place situated in the centre of Mayfield where young people can come, as often or as little as they want, to activities that are organised around their needs.
Film Poetry Project
The Festival of Creative Learning at the University of Edinburgh has partnered with Magma Poetry on a collaborative film poetry project.
Comic for kinship carers helps de-stress family life
A comic book full of helpful hints has been launched to support people who play vital caring roles within their family circles.
Friends and Alumni are giving back
We value enormously the contributions of many people who give back in countless ways to the University.
On the trail of Public Art
Discover our collection of Public Art all around the University.
Raising funds for MND research
World-leading research into motor neurone disease is helped by £4,000 student rugby fundraiser.
Lothian Disability Badminton Club
Students at our Badminton Club have been helping out fellow players at the Lothian Disability Badminton Club in Midlothian.
Helping Prisoners imagine life beyond bars
Astrobiologists at the University have been running workshops in two Scottish prisons to imagine life on Mars.
Fàilte – Gaelic outreach in the city
The University has a strong record in supporting Gaelic, establishing Scotland’s first chair of Celtic in 1882 and hosting superb and unique collections.
Pre-wired Coding Club
An Edinburgh computer programming club for under 19s is a big hit in the city.
Modern Apprenticeship Programme
Modern Apprenticeships at the University are a great way for young people to make a positive start to their career.
A Day to Make A Difference
Contributing locally is a University priority and Finance staff are doing their bit.
Student project captures local people's stories from the streets of Edinburgh.
The University is successfully raising educational aspiration though the power of sport, especially football.
Hare & Hounds Running Club
Student volunteers are helping children and young people experience the achievement and enjoyment of running.
School of Scottish Studies Archives
Evocative sound recordings and striking black-and-white images are among the highlights of a newly-refurbished centre showcasing Scotland’s traditional culture.
Digital Ambassador project (ended)
From 2016 until 2021, the Digital Ambassador project helped to improve digital literacy amongst people in the community.
Harmony Choir performs at Christmas
A unique community choir created by one of our PhD students is spreading Christmas cheer in Edinburgh.
SHRUB is a zero-waste community co-operative in Edinburgh working for a world without waste and empowering people to live a low carbon life.
IDEAL energy project
IDEAL (Intelligent Domestic Energy Advice Loop) is a cutting-edge research project investigating how smart technology can help people save energy in the home.
Re-imagining Hunter Square
Edinburgh students have been invited to contribute ideas on how to transform Hunter Square into a safer and more dynamic space.
In support of our sustainability programmes, the University partners with the Edinburgh Remakery, a re-use and repair store which relocated to Leith Walk last year.
Preston Street playground
The PLOPS (Playground Learning Outdoors Preston Street) initiative connects parents, teachers, University staff and students with the goal of improving play and outside learning experience at the Preston Street Primary School playground.