2020 news

2020 news from the University of Edinburgh.

News archive

The following news articles were published in 2020:  

Staff recognised in New Year Honours

honours for alumni
Four members of the University community have been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

Deep-sea project charts future course of Atlantic Ocean

A greater forkbeard swims above cold-water corals and sponges at the Logachev Mound Province.
A landmark project to study the Atlantic Ocean’s vast depths has laid the foundations for efforts to safeguard the ocean for future generations.

Staff and alumni gift their time to students at Christmas

Students walking a walkway in The Meadows
The University has organised a range of activities to support students staying in Edinburgh whose families live elsewhere, particularly those from other countries. 

City partnership set to boost climate action 

​​​​​​​The University has joined forces with five leading employers to help Edinburgh reach its target of net zero emissions. 

City bus firm’s app upgrade helps keep ticket fraud in check

Data experts are helping to boost the security of a ticketing app used by a leading UK public transport company.

Dynamic images of Edinburgh shared by students

int photo comp 2020 Principal's choice
Students have created a gallery of stunning images celebrating the Edinburgh community.

Mistletoe under spotlight of major DNA study

It has been a frivolous part of Christmas festivities for centuries, but now scientists sense that untangling mistletoe’s complex make-up could lead to lasting benefits.

Festive Holidays

New College in the Snow
For the 2021 festive period, the University will close at 5pm on Thursday 23 December 2021, and reopen on 9am on Wednesday 5 January 2022.

Poverty linked to higher risk of Covid-19 death

People in Scotland’s poorest areas are more likely to be affected by severe Covid-19 – and to die from the disease – than those in more affluent districts, according to a study of critical care units.

Higher melt rates found under vital glacier

The largest ever outflow of meltwater from West Antarctica’s subglacial lakes has been recorded, giving unprecedented insights into the condition of one of the world’s biggest and most fragile glaciers.

Scientific research bids earn €10M of EU funding

Highly prestigious and competitive awards funded by the European Union to support scholars in pursuing ground breaking research have been made to five Edinburgh academics.

Genes could be key to new Covid-19 treatments

Image of coronavirus with DNA strands in the background
Potential treatments for Covid-19 have been identified after the discovery of five genes associated with the most severe form of the disease.