Edinburgh Local

Community projects

Our staff and students are working with local communities on a variety of interesting projects.

Harmony Choir performs at Christmas

Harmony Choir rehearsal
A unique community choir created by one of our PhD students is spreading Christmas cheer in Edinburgh.

SHRUB Swap and Re-use Co-op

SHRUB Co-op window
SHRUB is a community co-operative and social enterprise run by volunteers which allows local people to swap and re-use everything from clothes and books to kitchen equipment and bikes.

Digital Ambassador project

Hands typing at keyboard
The Digital Ambassador project was set up in 2016 to help improve digital literacy amongst elderly people in the community.

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

Hunter Square design
Edinburgh students have been invited to contribute ideas on how to transform Hunter Square into a safer and more dynamic space.

Edinburgh Remakery

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

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.


granton:hub logo
granton:hub is a new charity located in the historic Madelvic House, a Victorian building nestled in between the established and newly-settled communities of Edinburgh’s Waterfront.