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Human rights lawyer named as new Rector in Edinburgh

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Prominent human rights lawyer Debora Kayembe has been named on Friday as Rector of the University of Edinburgh.Ms Kayembe who came to the UK as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo,...
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Dr Fauci will see you now

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Dr Anthony Fauci, Dr Nanshan Zhong and Professor Devi Sridhar will take part in the first Edinburgh Futures Conversations event on 2 March 2021.The topic of course will be Covid-19 and the future...
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University seeks views on impact of pandemic on children

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Parents and caregivers are asked to share their experiences of how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting their children’s lives.A study by the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh will...

Poverty confirmed as a link to Covid-19 deaths

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Poverty linked to higher risk of Covid-19 death, study suggestsPeople in Scotland’s poorest areas are more likely to be affected by severe Covid-19 – and to die from the disease – than those in...

Coronavirus – asymptomatic testing begins at University of Edinburgh

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The asymptomatic testing site for students backed by the UK Government opened on Monday 30 November 2020 at the University of Edinburgh.The programme is run in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and other...

Study finds that Rugby has vital role to play boosting global health

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A study has suggested that playing rugby union can significantly improve health and wellbeing, despite the risks associated with the game.Possible benefits of playing include a reduced risk of type-2 diabetes, some cancers, stroke,...

David Hume’s name removed from university building as new term begins

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The University of Edinburgh has changed the name of one of the tallest buildings on its estate by renaming the David Hume Tower.From Sunday the tower will be known as 40 George Square....

Pupils encouraged to talk frankly about effects of Covid-19 closures

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Young people across Scotland are being invited to share how school shutdowns prompted by Covid-19 impacted on their lives.Pupils can complete a survey that will gauge how classroom closures, feelings of isolation and...

Europe’s largest lockdown student population well looked after

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More than 4,500 students housed in university-managed accommodation have been able to access vital support throughout the pandemic, thanks to a dedicated team comprised of staff and students.“Residence Life” at the University of Edinburgh...

Hi-tech boost for Scottish tourism

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A new organisation launches today to help Scotland’s tourism sector make a sustained recovery driven by tech.The solution will build a support network for travel technology pioneers whose ingenuity could help turn the sector...
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University study shows masks do work

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Researchers at University of Edinburgh say that people who wear a face mask significantly lower the risk of spreading Covid-19 to others through speaking and coughing.Without face protection, they say that talking, sneezing...

Julie Fowlis to take part in University Celtic and Scottish event this August

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An amazing array of artists including Julie Fowlis and Éamon Doorley as well as Whisky Kiss member and BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Ali Levack, will get together to present The...
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University of Edinburgh to host The Edinburgh Culture Conversations

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University hosts public debate on future role of arts and culturePeople from all over the world are invited to take part in a series of online events which will examine how the arts and...

How forest loss has changed biodiversity over the last 150 years

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 by Maria Dornelas, University of St Andrews; Gergana Daskalova, University of Edinburgh, and Isla Myers-Smith, University of EdinburghThe Earth’s forests have been changing ever since the first tree took root. For 360 million years,...

Coronavirus – Face masks ‘do work’

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A study led by engineers at University of Edinburgh finds that face coverings can reduce Covid-19 transmission risk.The research suggests that wearing a face mask or other covering over the mouth and nose reduces...
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Covid-19 – is the answer in our genes?

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A research team led by the University of Edinburgh suggests that our genetic code could predict the severity of Covid-19 in patients.They will look at the genetic blueprints of those who have Covid-19...
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University of Edinburgh wants minimum pricing for cigarettes

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Researchers at the University of Edinburgh say that introducing minimum pricing for tobacco products would improve the health of people living in economically disadvantaged areas.They want The Scottish Government to increase the price...

UK Government announces science funding for Scottish universities

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Five Scottish universities are to share in a pot of funding from the UK Government announced today.The overall investment for the UK of £179 million will be used to support the next generation...

Touching Stitches at the University of Edinburgh Library

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A remarkable archive of needlework that lay neglected in a cupboard for 50 years will be displayed at the University of Edinburgh over the next few months.The historic collection - donated by a renowned...

University Letting Service says demand exceeds supply

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A service that matches students with private accommodation in Edinburgh is hunting for more landlords after being short of potential spaces for 120 students for the upcoming academic year.Domus, The University of Edinburgh’s...

AI knows what you really think

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According to a study by the University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics, AI can predict social media users’ views, even if they never post anything.a study suggests that who Twitter users follow and what...

James Tait Black literary award winners announced

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Tales of love and war win oldest book prizes in centenary yearA biography of a distinguished war correspondent and a novel about personal relationships amid political turmoil, have won the centenary awards of Britain’s...

Insect navigation could be applied to robots

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Nature’s insect navigators inspire robots that find their own wayNew understanding of how insects navigate using the sun and daylight could aid the development of guidance systems for robots.Scientists sought to better understand how...

University of Edinburgh museum events in May

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1st May: Japanese Tea Ceremony St Cecilia’s Hall, 50 Niddry Street 2pm – 3.30pm, Tickets £5In partnership with Japanese Arts and Culture International, this event, led by Mio Shapley, Director of JACI and Japanese Tea Ceremony...
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University makes DNA discovery

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Research by University of Edinburgh has discovered that DNA is managed like climbers’ ropes to unravel knotted strands.The findings help explain how about 2 metres of DNA can be neatly packaged in each of...
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Research into the family dinner shows lasting benefits

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A scheme that helped parents plan well-balanced family dinners for three months kept their children healthier for years after, a study has found. Low-income families who were given simple recipe kits to cook five healthy...
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Smart devices need better security say researchers

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Smart home systems must switch to better security, study findsThe security of smart domestic appliances that can be managed remotely must be improved to better protect users' privacy, research suggests.Experts have identified steps that...
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Wave energy technology tested at Edinburgh’s FloWave tank

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Wave device could deliver clean energy to thousands of homesA wave energy technology is being developed that could help generate low-cost electricity for thousands of houses.The device costs less than conventional designs, has fewer...

Renewable energy storage could be placed in the seabed

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North Sea rocks could act as large-scale renewable energy storesRocks in the seabed off the UK coast could provide long-term storage locations for renewable energy production, new research suggests.An advanced technique could be used...
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Judging begins for The James Tait Black Prizes

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The oldest book awards are approaching an important milestone. The annual James Tait Black Prizes – presented by the University since 1919 – have recognised many landmark works and continue to encourage great new writing. More...

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