Events celebrate international diversity

University schools and groups will take part in a national day on Monday (20 February) to celebrate the contribution of migrants to the UK.

The benefits of people from abroad living, working and studying in the UK will be celebrated through the UN World Day of Social Justice and the One Day Without Us campaign.

Participants are invited to take photos and share personal messages of support on social media using the hashtag #1DayWithoutUs.

There are many ways to take part in the events happening across various schools and societies throughout the University.

Social and Political Science

Colleagues from SPS will show their support for Edinburgh’s international community of staff, students, family and friends with a series of events.

The Chrystal Macmillan Building will host a drop-in lunch, featuring food from around the world.

Interactive Twitter and Post-it note walls will be available to share thoughts on migration.

A digital map display will outline the countries and locations around the world that Edinburgh’s staff and students come from and where SPS research, fieldwork and collaborations take place.

Events take place from 12 – 2 pm, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square.

Moray House School of Education

Moray House School of Education will host a drop-in event for staff and students on Monday to encourage discussion and the exchange of ideas.

Participants will be encouraged to share experiences, engage in social media activity and create materials to support inclusivity throughout the UK and the wider world.

History, Classics and Archaeology

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology will use the day of action to open a blog in order to celebrate diversity in the school. 

The blog will feature images and thoughts from the day and will continue to be updated to showcase the school’s international students and staff and their diverse global collections.

An event will be held in the Old Medical Building's McMillan Room from 4 pm on Monday, celebrating the School's diversity and lending support to One Day Without Us.

Around the University

Many schools and departments, including Literatures, Languages and Cultures, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Informatics and Edinburgh Global, will be hosting international lunches, organising photos of their staff from around the world and sharing content via social media. 

Edinburgh Global

Edinburgh is one of the world’s leading universities, and one of the most international, drawing academics and students from all over the globe.

The contribution of Edinburgh’s diverse student and staff body from around the world builds upon this spirit of internationalism and makes the University what it is today.

One Day Without Us

One Day Without Us is a national day of action to celebrate the contribution of migrants to the UK.

For 24 hours, migrants from inside and outside the European Union, and everyone who supports them, are invited to celebrate their contribution to society. 

Organised by One Day Without Us, a gathering will take place at the Mound from 1.30 pm on Monday.

Migrant organisations will promote their work within the Edinburgh community and events include art, poetry and music.

A candle-lit gathering will take place on the Mound from 5.30 pm. 

The event will include speeches from Stand Up to Racism, Edinburgh Central Mosque, Migrant Voice and the Edinburgh Welcoming organisation.

World Day of Social Justice

The events mark ten years since the UN General Assembly proclaimed 20 February as World Day of Social Justice.

The initiative supports efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.

The University has been built on the global exchange of people, ideas and values and it’s important to recognise the huge contribution of our international community, support it, and celebrate it.

Professor James SmithVice Principal - International

Related links

One Day Without Us

UN World Day of Social Justice

Social and Political Science

Moray House School of Education

History, Classics and Archaeology

Edinburgh Global