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The February 18 briefing

Alumni News February 2018
A distinctly alumni-oriented round-up of news, events and opportunities for February 2018, updated throughout the month.

Alumni at heart of Principal’s vision

Professor Peter Mathieson
Principal Professor Peter Mathieson has reached out to Edinburgh’s alumni community by insisting their input is integral to the future of the University.

Sustainability is the new innovation

A man surveys research results
Innovation is a crucial business success factor. It matters to both small and big, as well as new and old, businesses. Here Professor Kenneth Amaeshi explains that to remain competitive and sustainable, a business must embrace innovation and enable a culture for it.

Hard work and a Saturday job

Mairi Wilson (English Literature 2015) insists current students can learn from a work ethic that led to her dream job as a copywriter for an advertising agency. And she explains how a part-time job in a shoe shop helped, too.

Principal reflects on time in office

Timothy O'Shea
MOOCs, mergers and Mandarin Burns suppers - Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea is demitting office after 15 years. We invited him to reflect on his time at Edinburgh.

Alumni stand in committee elections

General Council 2018 Election candidates
Seven alumni are standing for positions on the General Council Business Committee, with elections taking place in February.

Magazine showcases University's influence

Edinburgh Friends magazine edition 9
Edinburgh Friends magazine lets the University's supporters know about the real impact of their philanthropic gifts. The latest edition includes articles that reinforce the University's varied and wide-reaching influence in research, teaching and the community.

Surprise teaching award for alumna

Katherine Watkins learns of her award
Katherine Watkins (MSc Literature and Modernity, 2009) is the recipient of a Milken Educator Award, which recognises excellent school teaching in the USA.

New year honours for alumni

Lesley McAra
A criminology expert, an eminent theologian, an advocate for Scottish arts and culture, and a history graduate who made his mark in the prison service, are among the alumni recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

General Council Meeting and Lunch

John James Chalmers
The next General Council Half-Yearly Meeting will take place on 24 February 2018 in McEwan Hall, and will feature speeches from both incoming Principal Professor Peter Mathieson, and sportsman John James Chalmers.

Historic campus site renamed in honour of wartime heroine

Inglis plaque
A medical pioneer who saved countless soldiers’ lives has been honoured by her former university 100 years after her death.

Royal Observatory welcomes Carlyle Circle

Carlyle Circle event at Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh opened its doors to Carlyle Circle members to help the University recognise their pledges to the future.

Celebrating Thanksgiving on campus

With exams looming, the chance to make a trip home to celebrate Thanksgiving is out of the question for most American students. We spoke to three, however, who made the most of celebrating the holiday in true Edinburgh style.

Karen's advice for maths students

Dr Karen Meyer
Dr Karen Meyer (Mathematics 2008) recently participated in a 'speed networking' event with current students, part of the University's Alumni Insights project. We spoke with her about her time as a student and why she wants to volunteer her time.

Alumnus honoured at major US science awards

Dr Alan Healy
Dr Alan Healy (Biomedical Science 2011) has been named as an honouree at the 2017 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists, held by the prestigious New York Academy of Sciences.

Alumna's motivation to inspire students

Emily Goetsch
In the latest in our series of interviews with alumni who take part in Alumni Insights event to advise current students, Emily Goetsch explains how her own experiences as a student have motivated her to inspire others.

Your chance to get involved

Stuart Macpherson
Interested in becoming a member of the General Council Business Committee? This is your opportunity to make a difference and become part of the governance of the University.

Event celebrates Pathway to Enlightenment

Detail from fresco on ceiling of McEwan Hall
Around 600 guests recently visited McEwan Hall to see their name on the Pathway to Enlightenment and explore the renovated Hall.

University prepares for Africa Week 2017

Africa Week celebrates the University's engagement across the continent, with events running from 26 October until 1 November.

Ambitious plan for alumni relations under new Director

Director of Alumni Relations Grant Spence, in Old College
The University has appointed a new Director of Alumni Relations, who has plans to develop an engaging and innovative programme with wide appeal and real impact.