Students organise US election party
More than 1,000 students will pack Potterrow to watch the culmination of the battle for the White House.
The sold-out event, the biggest of its kind taking place in Scotland, will see TV screens beaming results live from across the Atlantic.
First results are expected between midnight and 1am on Wednesday, in what has been one of the most compelling contests in US political history.
Keep up to-date using the Twitter hashtag #ProwElectionParty.
“Election night is always a big thing for North American students like myself. While we might be thousands of miles from home, we hope to generate lots of fun and excitement. Watching the battle unfold live surrounded by so many enthusiastic friends should make for a great evening.
Experts from the School of History will attend the Potterrow event, providing live analysis of the results throughout the night as part of a free online course that focuses on the election.
The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), The Making of the US President: A Short History in Five Elections, is open to students and non-students alike.
It has taken learners through some of the key US presidential campaigns from the past, providing fresh insights into this year’s contest.
Learners can still sign up for the course at www.coursera.org/learn/making-us-president
This has become one of the most fascinating struggles in US political history. By taking this free course, learners are discovering the historical background to the 2016 contest, examining other key moments and figures from the past, including Abraham Lincoln, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan.
North American links
Edinburgh is the most popular university amongst UK-bound American and Canadian students and it has long-standing links with North America.
Two Edinburgh graduates were signatories of the US Declaration of Independence, while many universities across Canada and the US were established and influenced by those with an Edinburgh education.
Today, the US and Canada boast some of the biggest and most active groups of Edinburgh alumni in the world. The University also maintains an office in New York City, to maintain and develop partnerships with a range of stakeholders.