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College bakers help world record success

The baking skills of staff and students across the College have contributed to the University's success at passing an existing Guinness World Record.

Bake-off star Glen Cosby and Vet School students at the bake sale

The University has passed the Guinness World Record for the most cakes sold in eight hours and students and staff from across the College made a significant baking contribution to the final total.

The final amount of baked goods sold across the whole University was 18,195, beating the previous record of 14,534.

Fundraisers made more than £9000 for the University’s Big Leap campaign, which supports good causes in and around Edinburgh.

World record bid

A total of 45 bake sales took place across University sites between 9am and 5pm.These included sales at the Lauriston Building, The Roslin Institute, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, the Chancellor's Building, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, the Queen's Medical Research Institute and the Hugh Robson Building.

Bake-off star Glen Cosby and the organisers of the QMRI bake sale

The results are awaiting ratification by Guinness World Records.

Former Great British Bake Off contestant and Edinburgh graduate Glenn Cosby conducted a cake crawl during the attempt, visiting numerous bake sales and helping to sell cakes.

Supporting good causes

Causes that are set to benefit include the Hope Park Counselling Service, the Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease and the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre.

Students and staff have shown great generosity of spirit during this record attempt. Many outstanding charities will benefit from this effort, which has also shined a light on fine causes to be found within the University itself.

Chris CoxVice-Principal for Philanthropy and Advancement, University of Edinburgh