Latest news

The latest news from the University of Edinburgh.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) news

For the latest news on Coronavirus (Covid-19) from the University of Edinburgh please see: Covid-19 response latest news

News archive

The following news articles were published in 2020:  

Community’s pandemic response receives University support

Projects supporting those most severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas have been awarded funding from the University of Edinburgh.

Experts urge fresh thinking on tree protection

Efforts to protect Earth’s most vulnerable natural habitats should focus on temperate and tropical dry forests as much as rainforests, research suggests.

Shanghai partnership to build One Health links

Woman examining something through a microscope in a lab.
The University has reinforced its commitment to building partnerships with the world’s leading universities by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Artists view space data through creative lens

Five artists are embarking on a creative mission with a difference … helping people to view satellite data in a whole new light.

Inventor of Hepatitis C cure receives prestigious prize

Picture of Michael J Sofia
A medicinal chemist who found a cure for the viral disease hepatitis C has received a prestigious award from the University of Edinburgh.

Scientist wins leading brain research prize

The world’s biggest neuroscience prize has been awarded to an Edinburgh scientist for his work to understand a rare neurological disorder.

Early learning innovator awarded science prize

An educationalist with a passion for early years learning has received the University’s annual prize for raising public interest in science.

Abdominal fat cells could aid sepsis fight

Key cells found in abdominal fat tissue could aid the fight against life-threatening infections including sepsis, research suggests.

Prehistoric crocs imitated whales to rule oceans

Illustration of prehistoric crocodile- cricosaurus suevicus
A group of deadly crocodiles from the Jurassic period came to rule the ancient seas by mimicking not only the shape of whales and dolphins but their senses too, research shows.

Edinburgh joins drive for action on climate change

Glacier collapsing into water - ©  Don Mennig via Getty Images
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh are to join 40 of the world’s leading climate research universities to form an alliance to address the threat posed by climate change.

Respiratory disease expert wins alumni award

Zhong Nanshan, an epidemiologist renowned for discovering the SARS coronavirus, has won the first Being Edinburgh award.

Coronavirus update from the Principal

Principal Peter Mathieson
In his latest message, the Principal and Vice-Chancellor thanks all members of the University community for their courage, conviction, passion, and innovation in responding to the challenges of the pandemic and looks forward to a strong future.