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The following news articles were published in 2021:  

Winter graduations honour contributions

Graduations McEwan Hall
The University’s winter 2021 graduation ceremonies will take place in McEwan Hall from 27 November to 8 December.

Winter literary festival aglow with tales of belief

Illuminating stories of belief and spirituality are to be celebrated at Scotland’s first religious literary festival, organised by the world-renowned School of Divinity at the University.

Scholar helps solve mystery of rare lost text

Specialists in French medieval literature have discovered two rare manuscript fragments that were hidden in one of Europe’s oldest libraries.

‘Surgery selfies’ could spot infections early

A male member of clinical staff in scrubs uses his mobile phone
Smartphone pictures of post-surgical wounds taken by patients and then assessed by clinicians can help with the early identification of infections, a study has found.

Life on Mars search could be misled by false fossils

Mars explorers searching for signs of ancient life could be fooled by fossil-like specimens created by chemical processes, research suggests.

Christmas tree lights up Old College quad

After last year’s virtual event, the University is delighted to invite students and staff to watch the switching on of the Christmas tree lights in the Old College quadrangle.

£9.5m project gives pupils a sense of data power

A world-leading initiative that brings the latest smart technology into classrooms has been launched to help pupils prepare for a data-driven future.

Baby loss doubles risk of anxiety and depression

Women who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage or early in the child’s life are more than twice as likely to suffer from depression as those who did not, a study suggests.

Institute to uncover scale of child sexual abuse

Human Dignity Foundation, a private funder focused on children’s rights, is establishing an independent global data institute for child safety at the University of Edinburgh.

Exhibition charts expedition which mapped world’s oceans

The story behind the naval voyage which lay the foundations for modern oceanography is the subject of a new online exhibition.

Scottish school pupils help climate action in Nepal

Young people from ten Scottish primary schools have helped to counter the impact of climate change in Nepal.

Former footballers to join dementia prevention study

Legs of a footballer standing in a lit football stadium
Former professional footballers from across Scotland are set to join a study that aims to shed light on the links between dementia and the sport.