Edinburgh Local

Community projects

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

Investing in early support for young people

Participants of the Y2K project
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.

Living and working in Edinburgh

Pregnancy and Parents Centre
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.

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas

CODI 2018
The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas is back! ​​​​​​​Now in its sixth year, CODI is a blend of controversial academic research, audience interaction, and a dash of comedy at the world’s largest arts festival - and you're invited! 

Film Poetry Project

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

Kinship carers
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

Ashworth Laboratories Reliefs
Discover our collection of Public Art all around the University.

Raising funds for MND research

Presentation of cheque for MND
World-leading research into motor neurone disease is helped by £4,000 student rugby fundraiser.

Lothian Disability Badminton Club

Badminton Club
Students at our Badminton Club have been helping out fellow players at the Lothian Disability Badminton Club in Midlothian.

Children’s Holiday Venture

CHV volunteers
For over 50 years, a student volunteering society has been helping children from disadvantaged areas of Edinburgh to have fun.

Helping Prisoners imagine life beyond bars

Life Beyond Mars
Astrobiologists at the University have been running workshops in two Scottish prisons to imagine life on Mars.

Fàilte – Gaelic outreach in the city

Gaelic in the community
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

Prewired Coding Club
An Edinburgh computer programming club for under 19s is a big hit in the city.

Tutors help Syrian refugees to settle in

Student tutors help refugees find their feet
Student tutors are helping young refugees from Syria to adapt to new lives in Edinburgh.

Modern Apprenticeship Programme

Modern Apprentices 2018
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

Finance volunteers help out at St Crispins School
Contributing locally is a University priority and Finance staff are doing their bit.

Our SpeakEasy

SpeakEasy stories
Student project captures local people's stories from the streets of Edinburgh.

Educated Pass

The University is successfully raising educational aspiration though the power of sport, especially football.

Hare & Hounds Running Club

Hare and Hounds running club
Student volunteers are helping children and young people experience the achievement and enjoyment of running.

Best Buddies

Best Buddies Christmas party 2018
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.

Dirty Weekenders

Dirty Weekenders at work in the 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.

School of Scottish Studies Archives

School of Scottish Studies Archive
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

Digital Ambassador group 2017
Since 2016 The Digital Ambassador project has been helping to improve digital literacy amongst people in the community.

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.

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

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.  

A Day to Make A Difference

Finance volunteers help out at St Crispins School
Contributing locally is a University priority and Finance staff are doing their bit.