Edinburgh Local

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What community means to us and why it matters.

We are very proud to be part of the city of Edinburgh. Being rooted in a beautiful, vibrant and safe capital makes the University a great place to work and study. With more than 30,000 students and 12,000 members of staff, we form quite a big part of the local community.

We want to make sure that we are making a positive contribution to the city in many ways, by having meaningful relationships with local communities and by supporting our students to be good citizens as well as active volunteers and fundraisers for local charities.

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Being a good neighbour

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We are committed to making a significant and responsible contribution locally as well as globally. We are working with partners across the city not only to deliver educational excellence, but to promote good health, economic growth, cultural understanding and social wellbeing.

We also want to make sure that the University is a welcoming place to be. Many of our buildings are open to the public, and our grounds host public events and festivals throughout the year. We want to encourage local people to visit, get involved and explore.

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Sharing knowledge, skills and ideas

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Two heads are better than one, and the University aims to combine its expertise with community experience to build knowledge and capacity, and make a real impact through research and practical action. We will continue to build important partnerships so we can share ideas and learn from local companies, charities and residents.

By strengthening the University community, we can add greater colour and richness to our existing teaching, research and outreach programmes and achieve great things together.

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Science Insights festival for local pupils 

Helping to make Edinburgh a great place to live

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Edinburgh as a city has so much to offer, and we have so much to offer the city. We have public events, lectures, festivals, museums and concerts which everyone can attend. We are committed to maintaining the city and the region’s reputation as a great place to study, work and live.

There are plenty of ways to get involved; whether it’s joining our University gym, taking a short course, or coming to a public event, we hope there’s something for everyone.  

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