Edinburgh in Washington

A three-day programme of events in Washington provided a unique opportunity for Americans who studied at Edinburgh to renew their links with the University. We’ve now produced a series of video clips so you can share in these events.

Neil Armstrong receiving his honorary degree from Tim O'Shea, University of Edinburgh Principal

The trip to the US was held to celebrate the University's strong American ties and marked the 150th anniversary of the General Council.

It included the award of an honorary degree to the astronaut Neil Armstrong, a reception and dinner at Washington's historic Library of Congress and a conference on the business world's response to climate change that included speakers from Coca-Cola and Wal-Mart.


The General Council plays a key advisory role in the life of the University, with all students automatically becoming members when they graduate.

General Council

The visit was headed by the Principal of the University, Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, along with senior members of the General Council. Highlights of the events were captured on video, and are now available to view online.

Video footage

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Overview of the visit

Neil Armstrong's honorary graduation

Climate Conference

General Council

Library of Congress reception

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