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Minister praises EU links

The Minister for Further and Higher Education has visited the University to highlight the key role that Scotland plays in world-leading research.

Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP met researchers to hear first-hand about the work that is being undertaken through collaborative partnerships across the EU and beyond.

Photo of Shirley-Anne Somerville and Professor Jonathan Seckl at Edinburgh BioQuarter
Shirley-Anne Somerville met with Professor Jonathan Seckl, Vice-Principal of the University, at Edinburgh BioQuarter

Pioneering research

Ms Somerville was introduced to academics leading in the fields of medical informatics and health promotion at the Usher Institute.

She was given an insight into a range of projects that have benefitted from EU partnerships and grants.

Initiatives included a Horizon 2020-funded study into youth smoking prevention led by Professor Amanda Amos.

Professors Harry Campbell and Igor Rudan also highlighted international initiatives pioneered by the Centre for Global Health Research. The Centre conducts world-leading research to improve governance and develop innovations to benefit under-privileged population of low and middle-income countries.

Our world leading universities are home to some of the most advanced research facilities and over the years have attracted the brightest and best researchers from across the EU and beyond. These talented individuals have played a key part in ground breaking innovative research in our institutions which has had a vital and positive impact in many areas of modern life, including science, technology and engineering.

Shirley-Anne Somerville MSPMinister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science

Global leader

The University of Edinburgh has an outstanding history of discovery, invention and innovation, improving the lives of ordinary people.

Edinburgh’s position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

The results found 83 per cent of the University’s research activity is in the highest categories - 4* and 3*- which are classified as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

The REF also placed the University as Scotland’s top-ranked research institution.

Edinburgh is, and always will be, a truly global university, pioneering ground-breaking research that has real-life impact the world over.  We are committed to maintaining our research and exchange partnerships across Europe, and beyond.  Our engagement internationally makes a major contribution to the £2 billion annually the University generates for the Scottish economy.”

Professor Charlie JefferyUniversity of Edinburgh Senior Vice-Principal

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