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The following news articles were published in 2023:  

Antarctic ice sheet retreat slowed by ocean changes

Widespread collapse of a vast and globally important region of Antarctica is not inevitable at present, new research suggests.

Volunteers needed to boost study into nation’s health

Every adult and young person in Scotland is being invited to join a major study that will help shape the nation’s healthcare.

Rare archive find offers glimpse of Bard at work

Photo of handwritten text Robert Burns wrote on Excise Office stationary alongside an illustration of the poet
Pages of Robert Burns’ handwritten prose, written on his employer’s stationery, suggest that the Scottish Bard’s passion for poetry couldn’t escape him during his working day.

Violence was widespread in early farming society

Violence and warfare were widespread in many Neolithic communities across Northwest Europe, a period associated with the adoption of farming, new research suggests.

Royal visit marks bid to develop world's largest tidal turbine blades

Chancellor visits FastBlade
A project aiming to maximise tidal energy generation has been launched in the presence of Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, at the University’s FastBlade facility. 

Hundreds of sustainability scholarships announced for African students

Image of four Mastercard Foundation scholars
Some 850 sustainability-focused postgraduate scholarships for students from Africa have been announced by the University of Edinburgh and the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

HRT could ward off Alzheimer’s among at-risk women

A female pharmacist with black hair and a white coat is handing over a prescription to a woman with a blond hair
Hormone Replacement Therapy could help prevent Alzheimer’s Dementia among women at risk of developing the disease, new research shows.

Lower voting age boosts participation in elections

Younger first-time voters in Scotland retain a habit of voting in elections and participate in greater numbers than older first-time voters, a study suggests.

Domestic abuse victims find justice process traumatic

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Victims and witnesses of domestic abuse are still experiencing trauma within the justice system despite major legal reforms introduced in 2019, research suggests.

Fertiliser price rise could see millions malnourished

High fertiliser prices could put an additional 100 million people at risk of undernourishment, research shows.

Covid-19 vaccine scientists win prestigious prize

A photograph of a row of covid-19 vaccine vials
Two scientists who made important contributions to the development of Covid-19 vaccines have received a prestigious award from the University of Edinburgh.

Knighthood for Principal in New Year Honours

The University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Peter Mathieson, is one of three people in Scotland to receive a knighthood in the New Year Honours list.