Enjoy the Summer Festivals with the University of Edinburgh.
During the summer months, the City of Edinburgh welcomes the world as it hosts a plethora of festivals and events. The University of Edinburgh provides key support, enabling and encouraging these important cultural activities.
Whether it’s the arts, science or just settling down with a good book, Edinburgh has something for everyone over the summer and the University of Edinburgh plays a role in much of what’s happening. From providing venues, working in partnership with the festivals to put on events and MOOCs or helping our staff, students and alumni to perform and take part, we are at the heart of Edinburgh's rich culture. Here is just some of what is on offer.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The main connection between the University and the Edinburgh Festival is via venue rental, as we are the largest landlord for the fringe venues, but staff, students and alumni put on shows, perform, manage and are linked into the Fringe in many ways.
Be-Wildered in the City
Join the Dick Vet’s Glen Cousquer, Lecturer, researcher and MSc Programme Director in Conservation Medicine and One Health, as you reconnect with the natural world. Take a walk along the Water of Leith and explore nature within the city. "Be-wildered in the City" offer an opportunity to connect, with ourselves and the wider environment, to find silence in the tumult of the city, to find silence in our own selves.
The Traverse Theatre hosts Pre:View events, which include students from our MSc in Playwriting. Get in at the ground level with some of the most exciting playwriting voices of the future as they explore the biggest questions of the current moment in fresh new ways.
The University is dedicated to promoting social responsibility and sustainability throughout the year, and there is no reason that the festival season should be any different! This year, the University will have a presence at the Fringe to support participants and attendees to reduce their environmental impact during the Festival.
Located at the Bayes Centre Courtyard, the Hub will be hosted by a range of local organisations throughout August with daily activities and events!
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The Power of Stories at the International Book Festival
More than nine hundred writers and thinkers participate in the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs from the 10 to 26 August in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh. Staff, students and alumni take part in this exciting exchange of thoughts
The Centre for Open Learning will be sponsoring events including a debate, where a key voice in the Black Lives Matter movement, DeRay Mckesson, will speak with acclaimed authors Fatima Bhutto and Regina Porter about diversity in novels. This event is put on in association with genderEd – the University’s online resource for gender and sexuality studies.
How to Read a Novel
A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) developed by the University in partnership with the Book Festival, is now in its third year. ‘How to Read a Novel’ allows participants get underneath the skin of a novel by understanding some of the main building blocks of modern fiction.
The James Tait Black Prizes
The James Tait Black Prizes are awarded by the University of Edinburgh’s School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures – the oldest centre for the study of English Literature in the world, established in 1762. The prizes are Britain's longest-running literary awards.
Two awards, each of £10,000, are presented annually for books published during the previous year – one for the best work of fiction and the other for the best biography.
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Exhibitions and more
While the Festivals offer an almost dizzying array of activities, there is yet more going on at the University, which people can take part in over the summer.
Body Language: Movement, Dance and Physical Education in Scotland
The lives and work of female pioneers in movement, dance and physical education are to be celebrated at a new University exhibition. The show features fascinating films, photographs and costumes from dance pioneer Margaret Morris, the Scottish Gymnastics team and the first college in Scotland to train female teachers in physical education.
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Museums and Galleries
The University of Edinburgh has a world-class selection of museums and galleries with regular events and lots to see for all ages! Visit the Anatomical Museum, the famous Talbot Rice Gallery or St Cecilia’s Hall: Concert Room and Music Museum among many more!
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About the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is a one-of-a-kind centre of excellence in clinical activity, teaching and research. Our purpose-built campus, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Pentland Hills Regional Park, is home to more than eight hundred staff and almost fourteen hundred students, all of whom contribute to our exceptional community ethos.
The School comprises:
- The Roslin Institute
- The Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security
- The Roslin Innovation Centre
- The Hospital for Small Animals
- Equine Veterinary Services
- Farm Animal Services
- Easter Bush Pathology
- The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education
We represent the largest concentration of animal science related expertise in Europe, impacting local, regional, national and international communities in terms of economic growth, the provision of clinical services and the advancement of scientific knowledge.