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The following news articles were published in 2024:   

Free hire of rooms opens doors for community

Maureen Watson, Volunteer English for Speakers of Other Languages Teacher, teaching a class at the University of Edinburgh
Local groups are being offered the free use of the University of Edinburgh’s spaces following a successful pilot of a new scheme.

£20m boost for drive to improve child safety

World-leading researchers have been given a major boost in the battle to safeguard vulnerable children.

Teen study to track loneliness in the digital age

Teenage boy using smartphone, sat on the edge of his bed, with files and books on shelves in the background
The impact of online socialising on young people’s loneliness is the subject of a nationwide study.

Obituary: Pioneering scientist Professor Peter Higgs dies aged 94 

Higgs plaque
The University mourns the loss of renowned physicist Professor Peter Higgs, who has died after a short illness. 

Statement on the death of Professor Peter Higgs

Professor Peter Higgs with mic at news conference
It has been confirmed that Professor Peter Higgs has died at the age of 94. He passed away peacefully at home on Monday 8 April following a short illness.

Funding boost supports future cancer experts

Closeup of scientist pipetting a substance into a dish
A major charity has pledged £7.3 million to help the next generation of doctors and scientists in Scotland deliver better cancer treatments to patients faster.

Spinout tech firm to focus on lung cancer

A computer generated image of a pair of lungs
Lung cancer could be spotted and treated more quickly thanks to a €12 million investment in cutting-edge technology that promises to diagnose and treat disease in minutes rather than weeks.

Survey sizes up Forth Valley’s very own Versailles

It was a bold initiative that transformed a rural backwater into a commercial powerhouse, bringing flourishes of French Baroque to Scotland’s smallest county.

Clocks going forward can catch investors napping

Clocks losing an hour in spring significantly affects how investors respond to companies that reveal unexpected levels of earnings, research shows.

Squirrelpox virus spreads north of central Scotland

Red squirrel balances on small branch next to tree trunk
Scientists have confirmed the death of a red squirrel from squirrelpox virus in an area previously unaffected by the disease.

Gaelic bard’s book brings together four languages

A collection of poetry which is presented in four languages has been created by the University’s first Gaelic Writer in Residence.

Indian biotech alliance to tackle global issues

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The University has launched a 10-year strategic partnership with India’s first biotechnology university.