In September 2017 the University signed the Technician Commitment, pledging to raise awareness of our technicians, recognise the work that they do and support their career progression. The commitment is a nationwide initiative overseen by the Science Council and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Technicians Make It Happen campaign.
After being forced to delay celebrations last year, the centenary of The King’s Buildings (KB101) was relaunched on 6 July. This marked the day in 1920 when King George V laid the foundation stone for the first of the buildings, that would form part of The University’s new science campus.
Student entrepreneurs behind three startup businesses were celebrated at the Inspire Launch Grow 2021 awards earlier in July. A grip-strengthening robotic glove, an app to connect restaurants with food suppliers and a satellite system to monitor forest health were all named winners by an expert judging panel.
As the first female Astronomer Royal for Scotland, Professor Catherine Heymans is on a mission to lift our eyes to the marvels of the universe – writes Corin Campbell, PR and Media Manager in Communications and Marketing.
Professor Catherine Heymans at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.
“Utterly breathtaking,” is how Professor Catherine Heymans describes it.
The Curious Edinburgh app, created by Niki Vermeulen, Senior Lecturer in History and Sociology of Science, allows users to complete virtual walking tours across Edinburgh, sharing stories from the city’s colourful history.
One such tour is the BLM Mural Trail, which was created in response to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests happening across the world last year. The trail was curated by Creative Producer Wezi Mhura, who wanted to provide a platform for creatives of Black and Asian heritage to celebrate their work. More than 30 artworks – in a wide variety of formats and genres – were created by Scottish-based artists, writers and musicians and installed across Scotland.
The mural can be found in Gilmore Place. Photo taken by Melissa Highton.
Staff play a pivotal role in the student experience at Edinburgh, from lecturers and tutors to supervisors, Personal Tutors and professional services staff.
The Students’ Association annual Teaching Awards provide students with an opportunity to thank staff for their hard work and celebrate the very best of teaching and support at the University, something that’s more important than ever this year.
More than 1,300 staff received more than 2,800 nominations, all of which were reviewed by a student shortlisting panel. The Awards were announced on the Students’ Association’s Facebook page.
The 2021 winners have now been announced and can be viewed below. Congratulations to everyone involved.
After months of lockdown, the UK is finally opening up again. In line with Government restrictions, restaurants, cinemas and museums are opening their doors and welcoming us back.
The University’s Talbot Rice Gallery has also reopened its doors, with a new exhibition that looks to capture what our lives have been like during the pandemic. The Normal examines the turbulence of the past year, and the issues Covid-19 has exposed.