University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh (abbreviated as Edin. in post-nominals) is a public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland. Granted a royal charter signed by James VI in 1582 and officially opened in 1583, it is one of Scotland's four ancient universities, and the sixth-oldest existing university in the English-speaking world. The university has five main campuses in the city of Edinburgh, which include many buildings of historical and architectural significance such as those in the Old Town. The university played an important role in Edinburgh becoming a chief intellectual centre during the Scottish Enlightenment, contributing to the city being nicknamed the "Athens of the North".
Scottish Gaelic: Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann
|Latin: Universitas Academica Edinburgensis|
|Type||Public research university|
|Endowment||£487.7 million (2020)|
|Budget||£1,125.3 million (2019–20)|
|Chancellor||Anne, Princess Royal|
|Athletics||The Sporting Blue|
|Sports||Edinburgh University Sports Union|
The university is a member of a number of prestigious academic organisations, including the Russell Group, the Coimbra Group, the Universitas 21, the League of European Research Universities, a consortium of 23 leading research universities in Europe, and the Una Europa. It has the third largest endowment of any university in the United Kingdom, after the universities of Cambridge and Oxford. In 2019-20, the university has a consolidated annual income of £1,125.3 million, of which £296.1 million was from research grants and contracts.
The alumni of the university include some of the major figures of modern history. From naturalist Charles Darwin and statistician Thomas Bayes to philosopher David Hume, inventor Alexander Graham Bell, physicist James Clerk Maxwell, geologist James Hutton, three signatories of the United States Declaration of Independence, nine heads of state and government (including three Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom), and a myriad of famous writers such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott, and Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
As of October 2020, Edinburgh's alumni, faculty members and researchers include 19 Nobel laureates, three Turing Award laureates, an Abel Prize winner and Fields Medalist, two Pulitzer Prize winners, two currently sitting UK Supreme Court Justices, and several Olympic gold medallists. It continues to have links to the British Royal Family, having had Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as its Chancellor from 1953 to 2010 and Princess Anne since 2011.
The university receives approximately 60,000 applications every year, making it the second most popular university in the United Kingdom by volume of applications. It has the 4th-highest average UCAS entry tariff in Scotland, and 7th overall in the United Kingdom.
Founded by the Edinburgh Town Council, the university began life as a college of law using part of a legacy left by a graduate of the University of St Andrews, Bishop Robert Reid of St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney. Through efforts by the council and ministers of the city, such as John Knox's successor James Lawson, the institution broadened in scope and became formally established as a college by a Royal Charter, granted by King James VI on 14 April 1582. This was unprecedented in newly Presbyterian Scotland, as older universities in Scotland had been created through Papal bulls. Established as the "Tounis College", it opened its doors to students in October 1583. Instruction began under the charge of another St Andrews graduate, theologian Robert Rollock. It was the fourth Scottish university in a period when the richer and much more populous England had only two. The school was renamed King James's College in 1617. The university expanded by founding a Faculty of Law in 1707, a Faculty of Arts in 1708, and a Faculty of Medicine in 1726. By the 18th century, the university was a leading centre of the Scottish Enlightenment.
In 1762, Reverend Hugh Blair was appointed by King George III as the first Regius Professor of Rhetoric and Belles-Lettres. This formalised literature as a subject at the university and the foundation of the English Literature department, making Edinburgh the oldest centre of literary education in Britain.
Before the building of Old College by architect William Henry Playfair to plans by Robert Adam, the University of Edinburgh existed in a hotchpotch of buildings from its establishment until the early 19th century. The university's first custom-built building was Old College, now home to Edinburgh Law School, situated on South Bridge. The South Bridge Act 1785 was passed in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom on 21 April 1785 for rebuilding or improving the University. Its first forte in teaching was anatomy and the developing science of surgery, from which it expanded into many other subjects. Bodies to be used for dissection were brought to the university's anatomy lecture theatre through a secret tunnel from the basement of a nearby house (today's College Wynd student accommodation). It was also through this tunnel that the victims of murderers William Burke and William Hare were delivered in the 1820s, and so was the body of Burke himself after his execution in 1829.
Towards the end of the 19th century, Old College was becoming overcrowded and Sir Robert Rowand Anderson was commissioned to design new premises for the Medical School in 1875. Initially, the design incorporated a graduation hall, but this was seen as too ambitious. After funds were donated by brewer and politician Sir William McEwan in 1894, a separate graduation building was constructed after all, also designed by Anderson. The resulting McEwan Hall was presented to the University in 1897.
New College was originally opened in 1846 as a Free Church of Scotland college, later of the United Free Church of Scotland. Since the 1930s it has been the home of the School of Divinity. Prior to the 1929 reunion of the Church of Scotland, candidates for the ministry in the United Free Church studied at New College, whilst candidates for the old Church of Scotland studied in the Divinity Faculty of the University of Edinburgh. During the 1930s the two institutions came together, sharing the New College site on The Mound.
A students' representative council (SRC) was founded in 1884 by student Robert Fitzroy Bell. In 1889, the SRC voted to establish a union (the Edinburgh University Union, EUU), to be housed in Teviot Row House. Edinburgh University Sports Union (EUSU) was founded in 1866, and the Edinburgh University Women's Union in 1906. On 1 July 1973 the SRC, EUU and Chambers Street Union merged to form Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA).
On 1 August 1998, Moray House Institute of Education (founded in 1848) merged with the university becoming its Faculty of Education. Following internal restructuring of the university in 2002, Moray House became known as the Moray House School of Education.
2000 to present
The Edinburgh Cowgate Fire of December 2002 destroyed a number of university buildings, including some 3,000 m2 (30,000 sq ft.) of the School of Informatics at 80 South Bridge. This was replaced with the Informatics Forum on the central campus, completed in July 2008.
The Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre (ECRC) was opened in 2002 by Princess Anne on the Western General Hospital site. In 2007, the MRC Human Genetics Unit formed a partnership with the Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine and the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre to create the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM).
The Euan MacDonald Centre was established in 2007 as a research centre for motor neuron disease (MND). The centre was part funded by a donation from Scottish entrepreneur Euan MacDonald and his father Donald.
On 1 August 2011, the Edinburgh College of Art (founded in 1760) merged with the university's School of Arts, Culture and Environment.
The Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine, a stem cell research centre dedicated to the development of regenerative treatments, was opened by the Anne, Princess Royal on 28 May 2012. It is home to biologists and clinical academics from the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM), and applied scientists working with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and Roslin Cells. On 25 August 2014, the centre reported on the first working organ, a thymus, grown from scratch inside an animal.
In 2014, the Zhejiang University-University of Edinburgh Institute was founded as a joint institute offering degrees in biomedical sciences, taught in English. The campus, located in Haining, Zhejiang Province, China, opened on 16 August 2016.
Beginning in 2015, the University of Edinburgh maintains a Wikimedian in Residence.
In 2018, the University of Edinburgh was a signatory in the landmark £1.3bn Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, with the UK and Scottish governments, six local authorities and all universities and colleges in the region. The University committed to delivering a range of economic benefits to the region through the Data-Driven Innovation initiative. In conjunction with Heriot-Watt University, the initiative created four innovation hubs - the Bayes Centre, Usher Institute, Edinburgh Futures Institute, Easter Bush Campus, and one based at Heriot-Watt, the National Robotarium. The deal also included creation of the Edinburgh International Data Facility, which performs high-speed data processing in a secure environment.
Edinburgh's Medical School is renowned throughout the world. It was widely considered the best medical school in the English-speaking world throughout the 18th century and the first half of the 19th century.
The Edinburgh Seven were the first group of matriculated undergraduate female students at any British university. Led by Sophia Jex-Blake, they began studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1869. Although they were unsuccessful in their struggle to graduate and qualify as doctors, their campaign gained national attention and won them many supporters including Charles Darwin. Their efforts put the rights of women to university education on the national political agenda, which eventually resulted in legislation to ensure women could study at university in 1877. The University of Edinburgh admitted women to graduate in medicine in 1894. In 2015, the Edinburgh Seven were commemorated with a plaque at the University.
The Polish School of Medicine was established in 1941 as "a wartime testament to this spirit of enlightenment". Students were to be those drawn from the Polish army to Britain and were taught in Polish. When the school was closed in 1949, 336 students had matriculated, of which 227 students graduated with the equivalent of an MBChB. A total of 19 doctors obtained a doctorate or MD. A bronze plaque commemorating the existence of the Polish School of Medicine is located in the Quadrangle of the Medical School in Teviot Place.
The Little France campus, including the Chancellor's Building, was opened on 12 August 2002 by the Duke of Edinburgh. The campus houses the Medical School on the site of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
- King's Buildings
- Western General
- Easter Bush
The university is responsible for a number of historic and modern buildings across the city, including Scotland's oldest purpose-built concert hall, and the second oldest in use in the British Isles, St Cecilia's Hall; Teviot Row House, which is the oldest purpose-built student union building in the world; and the restored 17th-century Mylne's Court student residence which stands at the head of Edinburgh's Royal Mile.
The Central campus is spread around numerous squares and streets in Edinburgh's Southside, with some buildings in Old Town. It is the university's oldest area, occupied primarily by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Computing, and the School of Law. The highest concentration of university buildings is around George Square, which includes the Central campus' largest lecture hall, the Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh University Library, and the Appleton Tower and 40 George Square teaching and administrative buildings. Around nearby Bristo Square lie the Dugald Stewart Building, the Informatics Forum, McEwan Hall, Teviot Row House, and the old Medical School buildings in Teviot Place, which still house pre-clinical medical courses and biomedical sciences despite the relocation of the Medical School to Little France. The main EUSA buildings of Potterrow, Pleasance and Teviot are located near the Central area, as is the Edinburgh College of Art in Lauriston Place. North of George Square lies the university's Old College housing the School of Law, St Cecilia's Hall, and the School of Divinity's New College on The Mound. Some of these buildings are used to host events during the Edinburgh International Festival every summer.
Pollock Halls, adjoining Holyrood Park to the east, provides accommodation (mainly half board) for a minority of students in their first year. Two of the older houses in Pollock Halls were demolished in 2002 and a new building (Chancellor's Court) has been built in their place, leaving a total of ten buildings. Self-catered flats elsewhere account for the majority of university-provided accommodation. The area also includes a £9 million redeveloped John McIntyre Conference Centre, which is the University's premier conference space.
Holyrood (Moray House)
The Moray House School of Education and Sport, just off the Royal Mile, used to be the Moray House Institute for Education until this merged with the University in August 1998. The University has since extended Moray House's Holyrood site. The buildings include redeveloped and extended Sports Science, Physical Education and Leisure Management facilities at St Leonard's Land linked to the Sports Institute in the Pleasance. The 2016 Holyrood North halls have been named after former principal Sir Timothy O'Shea and further student accommodation is provided at Holyrood South. The Outreach Centre, Institute for Academic Development (University Services Group) and the Edinburgh Centre for Professional Legal Studies (School of Law) are also located at Holyrood.
The King's Buildings (KB) campus is located in the south of the city. Most of the Science and Engineering College's research and teaching activities take place at the King's Buildings, which occupy a 35-hectare site. It includes C. H. Waddington Building (the Centre for Systems Biology at Edinburgh), James Clerk Maxwell Building (the administrative and teaching centre of the School of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Mathematics), The Royal Observatory, William Rankine Building (School of Engineering's Institute for Infrastructure and Environment) and others. Until 2012, the King's Buildings campus was served by three libraries: Darwin Library, James Clerk Maxwell Library, and Robertson Engineering and Science Library. These were replaced by the Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library opened for the 2012/13 academic year. The KB also hosts the National e-Science Centre (NeSC), Scottish Microelectronics Centre (SMC), Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC), and the Scottish Institute for Enterprise.
BioQuarter, south of Edinburgh is home to the majority of medical facilities of the university, alongside the city's hospital - the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. At Little France, the £40 million Chancellor's Building was opened on 12 August 2002 by the Duke of Edinburgh, which houses the Medical School at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. The building was a joint project between private investors, local authorities and the University to create a large modern hospital, veterinary clinic and research institute. It has two large lecture theatres and a medical library. It is connected to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh by a series of corridors. Queen's Medical Research Institute was opened in 2005 and provides facilities for research into the understanding of common diseases.
The Easter Bush campus houses the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The Roslin Institute, Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education, and the Veterinary Oncology and Imaging Centre.
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, founded in 1823 by William Dick, is a world leader in veterinary education, research and practice. Its new 11,500 square metre building opened in 2011.
The Roslin Institute is an animal sciences research institute which is sponsored by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. The Institute won international fame in 1996, when its researchers Ian Wilmut, Keith Campbell and their colleagues created Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell. A year later Polly and Molly were cloned; both sheep contained a human gene.
The Western General Hospital campus contains the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, and Clinical Neuroscience.
Governance and administration
In common with the other ancient universities of Scotland, and in contrast to the position in nearly all of the other pre-1992 Universities which are established by Royal Charters, the University of Edinburgh is constituted by the Universities (Scotland) Acts 1858 to 1966, making specific provision for three major bodies in the governance of the University: the University Court, the Academic Senate (Senatus Academicus), and the General Council.
The University Court is the university’s governing body and is the legal persona of the university. By the Universities (Scotland) Act 1889, it is a body corporate, with perpetual succession and a common seal, and all the property belonging to the university at the passing of the Act was vested in the Court.
The present powers of the Court are defined in the Universities (Scotland) Act 1966, and include among others:
- the administration and management of the whole revenue and property of the university;
- the regulation of the salaries of all members of staff;
- the establishment of Committees of its own members or others and the determination of the membership and the quorum of such committees.
The Senatus Academicus (Senate) is the university's supreme academic body. The core function of the Senate is to regulate and superintend the teaching and discipline of the university and to promote research. The Senate is chaired by the Principal & Vice-Chancellor. Senate meets three times per year. At each meeting, Senate hosts a presentation and discussion session which is open to all members of staff.
The General Council consists of graduates, academic staff, current and former University Court members, which is part of the formal governance structure of the university. By statute, the General Council is required to meet twice per year to consider matters affecting the wellbeing and prosperity of the university. Through its Business Committee, it plays an advisory role to Court in the governance of the university. The Council elects the Chancellor of the university and three Assessors on the University Court.
The Chancellor is the titular head of the university created in 1858. Their duties include conferring degrees and enhancing the profile and reputation of the university on national and global levels. The position of Chancellor is the highest in the university, and is elected by the university’s General Council, and remains Chancellor for life. Princess Anne has held the position of Chancellor of the University since March 2011 succeeding Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Princess Anne is also Patron of the university’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.
The Lord Rector of the university is elected every three years by the students and staff. The primary role of the Rector is to preside at the University Court. The Rector also chairs meetings of the General Council in absence of the Chancellor. They work closely with students and the Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA). The current Rector of the university is Debora Kayembe.
The Principal is responsible for the overall operation of the university. The Principal, nominated by the Curators of Patronage, is the President of the Senatus Academicus and ex-officio, and a member of the University Court. The current Principal of the university is Peter Mathieson who has held the position since February 2018. Also, as the Vice-Chancellor, he confers degrees on behalf of the Chancellor Princess Anne.
In 2002, the university was reorganised from its nine faculties into three "colleges". While technically not a collegiate university, it now comprises the Colleges of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS), Science & Engineering (CSE) and Medicine & Vet Medicine (CMVM). Within these colleges are "schools" – roughly equivalent to the departments they succeeded; individual schools have a good degree of autonomy regarding their finances and internal organisation. This has brought a certain degree of uniformity (in terms of administration at least) across the university. The university now has 21 schools in total.
Colleges and schools
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest of the three Colleges in the University of Edinburgh. It has 11 Schools, one Centre, 23,650 students and 1,501 academic staff. An advantage of its size is the very wide range of subjects and research specialisms. There are over 300 undergraduate, 200 taught postgraduate programmes and about 2,200 research postgraduate students. Its research strength, as affirmed in the 2008 RAE, has attracted over 1,200 researchers. It includes the oldest English Literature department in Britain. It was ranked 12th in the world according to the Times Higher Education 2014–15 Ranking. The college hosts Scotland's Economic & Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre (DTC): The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science is the biggest of 21 ESRC-accredited DTC's in the United Kingdom.
- Business School
- School of Divinity
- School of Economics
- Edinburgh College of Art
- Moray House School of Education and Sport
- School of Health in Social Science
- School of History, Classics and Archaeology
- School of Law
- School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
- School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
- School of Social and Political Science
- The Centre for Open Learning
Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine has a long history as one of the best medical institutions in the world. In the last research assessment exercise, it was rated 1st in the UK for medical research submitted to the Hospital-based Clinical Subjects Panel. All of the work was rated at International level and 40% at the highest, "world-leading" level. The medical school is ranked 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK by The Times Good University Guide 2013, The Complete University Guide 2013 and The Guardian University Guide 2013.
Graduates of the University of Edinburgh Medical School have gone on to found five out of the seven Ivy League medical schools, become US Senators, become Prime Minister of Canada, invent the hypodermic syringe, cure scurvy, discover carbon dioxide and isolate nitrogen, develop IV therapy, invent the decompression chamber, develop the oophorectomy, and discover the SARS virus. Faculty of the University of Edinburgh Medical School have introduced antiseptic to sterilize surgical instruments, discovered chloroform anesthesia, discovered oxytocin, developed the Hepatitis B vaccine, co-founded Biogen, pioneered treatment for tuberculosis, discovered apoptosis and tyramine among others.
The eight original faculties formed four Faculty Groups in August 1992. Medicine and Veterinary Medicine became one of these, and in September 2002, became the smallest of the university's three Colleges, with 7,250 students and 1,615 academic staff.
Science and Engineering
In the sixteenth century, science was taught as 'natural philosophy'. The seventeenth century saw the institution of the University Chairs of Mathematics and Botany, followed the next century by Chairs of Natural History, Astronomy, Chemistry and Agriculture. During the eighteenth century, the University was a key contributor to the Scottish Enlightenment and it educated many of the most notable scientists of the time. It was Edinburgh's professors who took a leading part in the formation of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1783. In 1785, Joseph Black, Professor of Chemistry and discoverer of carbon dioxide, founded the world's first Chemical Society. The nineteenth century was a time of huge advances in scientific thinking and technological development. The first named degrees of Bachelor and Doctor of Science was instituted in 1864, and a separate 'Faculty of Science' was created in 1893 after three centuries of scientific advances at Edinburgh. The Regius Chair in Engineering was established in 1868, and the Regius Chair in Geology in 1871. In 1991 the Faculty of Science was renamed the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and in 2002 it became the College of Science and Engineering. The college has 11,445 undergraduate and postgraduate students, and 1,455 academic staff.
- School of Biological Sciences
- School of Chemistry
- School of Engineering
- School of GeoSciences
- School of Informatics
- School of Mathematics
- School of Physics and Astronomy
Sub-units, centres and institutes
- Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
- Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
- Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute
- UK Centre for Astrobiology
- Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre
- Edinburgh Dental Institute
- Digital Curation Centre
- Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre
- Euan MacDonald Centre
- Centre for the History of the Book
- MRC Human Genetics Unit
- Koestler Parapsychology Unit
- Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science
- Nursing Studies
- Centre for Regenerative Medicine
- Roslin Institute
- Scottish Studies
- Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation
- Centre for Theology and Public Issues
- Centre for the Study of World Christianity
The Edinburgh University Library pre-dates the university by three years. Founded in 1580 through the donation of a large collection by Clement Littill, its collection has grown to become the largest university library in Scotland with over 2.5 million volumes. These are housed in the main University Library building in George Square, designed by Basil Spence – at the time of its completion in 1967 the largest building of its type in Britain and today a category A listed building.
The library system also includes many faculty and collegiate libraries.
The University of Edinburgh is a member of the Russell Group of research-led British universities and one of several British universities to be a member of both the Coimbra Group and the LERU. The university is also a member of the Una Europa and Universitas 21, an international association of research-led universities. Edinburgh is a member of the Sutton 13 of top-ranked Universities in the UK. Beside, the university maintains historically strong ties with the neighbouring Heriot-Watt University for teaching and research.
Moreover, the University of Edinburgh has around 300 student exchange partners in nearly 40 countries world-wide including exchange programs with Caltech, Carnegie Mellon University, University of California, University of Chicago, Dartmouth College, Emory University, Georgetown University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas at Austin, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Virginia, Washington University in St. Louis, University of British Columbia, McGill University, University of Toronto, Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, HEC Paris, Sciences Po, FU Berlin, HU Berlin, Heidelberg University, LMU Munich, TUM, University of Vienna, University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, Utrecht University, KU Leuven, EPF Lausanne, ETH Zürich, University of Zurich, University of Copenhagen, Karolinska Institute, Uppsala University, University of Oslo, University of Helsinki, Fudan University, University of Hong Kong, Peking University, National Taiwan University, National University of Singapore and Kyoto University.
|Offer Rate (%)||50.4||48.6||49.2||45.9||44.3|
|Average Entry Tariff||189||180||483||485||482|
For the academic year 2019/20, Edinburgh had the 7th highest average entry qualification for undergraduates among UK universities, with new students averaging 186 UCAS points, equivalent to just above AAAaa in A-level grades. The university gives offers of admission to 50.4% of its 18 year old applicants, the 5th lowest amongst the Russell Group.
As the number of places available for Scottish and EU students are capped by the Scottish Government since students do not pay tuition fees, students applying from the UK and outside of the European Union have a higher likelihood of an offer. Excluding courses within the Edinburgh College of Art, the most competitive courses for Scottish/EU applicants in 2016 were International Relations, Oral Health Sciences and Business Studies with offer rates of 7%, 8% and 9% respectively. In comparison, students from the rest of the UK have a 55% chance of receiving an offer for International Relations and students from outside of the EU have a 79% chance of an offer for International Relations.
33.6% of Edinburgh's undergraduates are privately educated, the seventh highest proportion amongst mainstream British universities. As of the end of 2016, the university has a higher proportion of female than male students with a male to female ratio of 39:61 in the undergraduate population. The undergraduate student body is composed of 37% Scottish students, 31% from the rest of the UK, 11% from the EU and 20% from outside of the EU.
Rankings and reputation
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In the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework, Edinburgh was ranked fourth in the UK and first in Scotland. The results also indicate that the university is home to over 35% of Scotland's 4* research. In 2008, the RAE rated the medicine and informatics 1st in the UK. Edinburgh places within the top 10 in the UK and 2nd in Scotland for the employability of its graduates as ranked by recruiters from the UK's major companies. A 2015 government report found that Edinburgh is one of only two Scottish universities (along with St Andrews), London-based recruitment and elite professions such as investment banking consider applicants from. Edinburgh was ranked 13th overall in The Sunday Times 10-year average (1998–2007) ranking of British universities based on consistent league table performance.
Besides the three main world university rankings, QS, THE and ARWU, in the right box, Edinburgh also performs well in other rankings. In 2021 Best Global University Rankings, Edinburgh was ranked 30th worldwide and 5th in the UK. Edinburgh was placed at 37th in the world and 6th in the UK in the 2020 Round University Ranking. The 2021-22 Center for World University Rankings placed Edinburgh at 45th in the world and 6th in the UK. In 2021, it ranked 63rd among the universities around the world by SCImago Institutions Rankings.
The noticeable disparity between the University of Edinburgh's research capacity, endowment and international status on the one hand, and its ranking in national league tables on the other, is largely on account of the central role which 'student satisfaction' plays in the latter. The University of Edinburgh was ranked bottom in the UK for teaching quality by its students in the 2012 National Student Survey. According to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015, "The university is trying to address undergraduates' concerns with a new personal tutor system and a peer support scheme. However, Edinburgh achieved an unwanted clean sweep of rock bottom rankings among universities in this year's National Student Survey (NSS) for questions to do with the promptness, usefulness and extent of academic feedback, suggesting the university still has a long way to go to turn around a poor position". In the 2017 guide, Edinburgh fell to its worst-ever position of joint 37th (placed with local Heriot-Watt University) in a domestic league table. The fall was attributed to lower NSS scores combined with a significant drop (78.6% to 73%) in the prospects of its graduates.
In the 2022 Complete University Guide, 32 out of the 49 subjects offered by Edinburgh ranked within the top 10 nationally, with Asian Studies, Chemical Engineering, Education, Geology, Linguistics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Physics & Astronomy, Social Policy, Theology & Religious Studies and Veterinary Medicine ranking in the top 5. In the 2021 ARWU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Clinical Medicine, Computer Science & Engineering, Ecology, Geography, Marine/Ocean Engineering, Mathematics, Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physics, Public Health, Sociology, Telecommunication Engineering, and Veterinary Sciences were all ranked within the top 50 in the world. In the 2021 QS by subject, Edinburgh was placed at 11th in the world for Arts & Humanities, 24th for Life Sciences & Medicine, 43rd for Natural Sciences, 59th for Social Sciences & Management and 75th for Engineering & Technology. The 2021 THE by subject listed Edinburgh in 10th place for Arts and Humanities worldwide, 15th for Law, 16th for Psychology, 21st for Clinical and Health, 22nd for Computer Science, 28th for Education, 28th for Life Science, 43rd for Business and Economics, 44th for Social Sciences, 45th for Physical Sciences, and 86th for Engineering. According to CSRanking, Edinburgh ranked 33rd overall worldwide (best in the UK) in computer science and best in natural language processing by publications from 2011 to 2021.
The Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) consists of the unions and the Student Representative Council. The union buildings include Teviot Row House, Potterrow, Kings Buildings House, the Pleasance, and shops, cafés and refectories across the various campuses. Teviot Row House is claimed to be the oldest purpose-built student union building in the world. EUSA represents students to the university and the outside world. It is also responsible for over 250 student societies at the University. The association has five sabbatical office bearers – a president and four vice presidents. The association is affiliated to the National Union of Students.
The city of Edinburgh is an important cultural hub for comedy, amateur and fringe theatre throughout the UK. Amateur dramatic societies at the University benefit from this, and especially from being based in the home of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Edinburgh University Theatre Company (EUTC), founded in 1890 as the Edinburgh University Drama Society, is known for running Bedlam Theatre, the oldest student-run theatre in Britain. Bedlam Theatre is an Edinburgh Fringe venue. The EUTC also fund and run acclaimed student improvised comedy troupe The Improverts during term time and fringe. Alumni include Ian Charleson, Michael Boyd, Kevin McKidd, and Greg Wise.
Edinburgh Studio Opera (formerly Edinburgh University Opera Club) is the only student opera company in Edinburgh. The group performs at least one fully staged opera each year.
The Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group (EUSOG) are an opera/musical theatre company founded by students in 1961 to promote and perform the comic operettas of William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, collectively known as Savoy Operas after the theatre in which they were originally staged.
The Edinburgh University Footlights are a musical theatre company founded in 1989 and produce two large scale shows a year.
Theatre Parodok, founded in 2004, is a student theatre company that aims to produce shows that are "experimental without being exclusive". They produce a large show each semester and one for the festival.
The Journal was an independent publication, established in 2007 by three students at the University of Edinburgh, and was also distributed to the four other higher education institutions in the city – Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University, Queen Margaret University and the Edinburgh College of Art. It was the largest such publication in Scotland, with a print run of 14,000 copies and was produced by students from across the city. It folded in 2015.
In September 2015, Edinburgh University Student Television (EUTV) became the newest addition to the student media scene at the university, producing a regular magazine styled programme, documentaries and other special events.
Edinburgh University's student sport consists of 67 clubs from the traditional rugby, football, rowing and judo to the more unconventional korfball and gliding. Over 67 sports clubs are run by the Edinburgh University Sports Union.
The Scottish Varsity, known as the "world's oldest varsity match", is a rugby match played annually against the University of St Andrews. It is played at the beginning of the academic year and since 2015 it has been played at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. The Scottish Boat Race is an annual rowing race between the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh, rowed between competing eights on the River Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Started in 1877, it is believed to be the third oldest university boat race in the world, predated only by the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race and the Harvard–Yale Regatta.
During the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the University of Edinburgh alumni and students secured four medals – three gold and a silver. The three gold medals were won by the cyclist Chris Hoy and the silver was won by Katherine Grainger in rowing. In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Edinburgh University alumni topped the UK University Medals table with three gold medals, two from Chris Hoy and one from Katherine Grainger.
There are a number of campaigning societies at the university. The largest of these include the environment and poverty campaigning group People & Planet and the Amnesty International Society. International development organisations include Edinburgh Global Partnerships, which was established as a student-led charity in 1990. There is also a significant left-wing presence on campus, including an active anti-cuts group, an anarchist society, Edinburgh University Socialist Society, Marxist Society, feminist society, Young Greens, a Students for Justice in Palestine group, and the Edinburgh University Conservative and Unionist Association. Protests, demonstrations and occupations are regular occurrences at the university.
The activist group People and Planet took over Charles Stewart House in 2015 and again in 2016 in protest over the Universities investment in Arms and Fossil fuels In May 2015, a security guard was charged in relation to the occupations.
There are three student-run co-operatives on campus: Edinburgh Student Housing Co-operative, providing affordable housing for 106 students; The Hearty Squirrel Food Cooperative, selling 'healthy, local, ethical, organic and Fairtrade' food; and the SHRUB Co-op, a 'swap and re-use hub' aimed at reducing waste and promoting sustainability. The co-operatives form part of the Students for Cooperation network.
Notable alumni and academic staff
The university is associated, through alumni and academic staff, with some of the most significant intellectual and scientific contributions in human history. As of October 2020[update], 19 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with the university as alumni, faculty and researchers (three additional laureates acted as administrative staff), including one of the fathers of quantum mechanics Max Born, theoretical physicist Peter Higgs, supramolecular chemist Sir Fraser Stoddart, biophysicist Richard Henderson, economist James Mirrlees, and pioneer of in-vitro fertilisation Robert Edwards. Computer scientists Robin Milner, Leslie Valiant and Geoffrey Hinton, all Turing Award laureates, and mathematician Sir Michael Atiyah, Fields Medallist and Abel Prize winner, are associated with the university.
The university is further associated with scientists whose contributions include: laying the foundations of Bayesian statistics (Thomas Bayes), nephrology (Richard Bright), the theory of evolution (Charles Darwin), the initial development of sociology (Adam Ferguson), modern geology (James Hutton), antiseptic surgery (Joseph Lister), the classical theory of electromagnetism (James Clerk Maxwell), and thermodynamics (William John Macquorn Rankine); the discovery of carbon dioxide, latent heat and specific heat (Joseph Black), the HPV vaccine (Ian Frazer), the Higgs mechanism (Peter Higgs and Tom Kibble), the Hepatitis B vaccine (Kenneth Murray), nitrogen (Daniel Rutherford), chloroform anaesthesia (James Young Simpson) and SARS (Nanshan Zhong); and the invention of the telephone (Alexander Graham Bell), the hypodermic syringe (Alexander Wood), the kaleidoscope (David Brewster), the telpherage (Fleeming Jenkin), the vacuum flask (James Dewar), the ATM (John Shepherd-Barron), and the diving chamber (John Scott Haldane).
Other notable alumni and academic staff of the university have included signatories to the US Declaration of Independence Benjamin Rush, James Wilson and John Witherspoon, Prime Ministers Gordon Brown, Lord Palmerston and Lord John Russell (the latter matriculated at Edinburgh, but did not graduate), actor Ian Charleson, journalist Kirsty Wark, astronaut Piers Sellers, biologist Ian Wilmut, botanist Robert Brown, chemist Alexander R. Todd, composers Marjory Kennedy-Fraser and Kenneth Leighton, economists Adam Smith, Joseph Shield Nicholson and Kenneth E. Boulding, editor Ella Carmichael, geologist William Edmond Logan, philosophers David Hume and Sir William David Ross, physicists Sir David Brewster, Peter Guthrie Tait and Sheila Tinney, pilot Eric Brown, polymath Thomas Young, surgeons James Barry, Gertrude Herzfeld and B. K. Misra, historian Thomas Carlyle, writers J.M. Barrie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Aeneas Francon Williams, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson, former Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir John Anderson, Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, and former director general of MI5 Stella Rimington.
- J. M. Barrie, writer
- James Barry, surgeon
- Thomas Bayes, statistician
- Alexander Graham Bell, engineer and inventor
- Joseph Black, chemist
- Thomas Carlyle, historian
- Charles Darwin, naturalist
- Arthur Conan Doyle, writer
- David Hume, philosopher
- James Clerk Maxwell, mathematical physicist
- John Russell, Prime Minister
- Walter Scott, novelist and poet
- Robert Louis Stevenson, novelist and poet
- Viscount Palmerston, Prime Minister
At graduation ceremonies, the Vice-Chancellor caps graduates with the Geneva Bonnet, a hat which legend says was originally made from cloth taken from the breeches of John Knox or George Buchanan. The hat was last restored in 2000, when a note from 1849 was discovered in the fabric. In 2006, a University emblem taken into space by Piers Sellers was incorporated into the Geneva Bonnet.
Heads of state and government
|UK||John Russell, 1st Earl Russell||Prime Minister (1846–52 and 1865–66)|
|UK||Henry Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston||Prime Minister (1855–58 and 1859–65)|
|Nicaragua||William Walker||President of Nicaragua (1856–1857)|
|Canada||Charles Tupper||Prime Minister of Canada (1 May 1896 – 8 July 1896)|
|South Korea||Jang Taek-sang||Prime Minister of South Korea (6 May 1952 – 6 October 1952)|
|South Korea||Yun Bo-seon||President of South Korea (1960–1962)|
|Tanzania||Julius Nyerere||President of Tanzania (1964–1985)|
|Malawi||Hastings Banda||President of Malawi (1966–1994)|
|UK||Gordon Brown||Prime Minister (2007–2010)|
Notable honorary alumni
Since 1695 the University of Edinburgh has awarded honorary degrees to over 2,900 individuals. The University of Edinburgh awards both honorary doctorate degrees (in all subjects including Medicine, Dental Surgery and Veterinary Medicine and Surgery) and honorary master's degrees.
- Harvard University, an American Ivy League university, had its medical school founded by three surgeons, one of whom was Benjamin Waterhouse, an alumnus of Edinburgh Medical School.
- Princeton University, an American Ivy League university, had its academic syllabus and structure reformed along the lines of the University of Edinburgh and other Scottish universities by its sixth president John Witherspoon, an Edinburgh theology graduate.
- Columbia University, an American Ivy League university, had its medical school founded by Samuel Bard, an Edinburgh medical graduate.
- University of Pennsylvania, an American Ivy League university, has long-standing historical links with the University of Edinburgh, Penn's School of Medicine was founded by John Morgan, an Edinburgh medical graduate and was modeled after Edinburgh Medical School.
- The College of William & Mary, the second-oldest university in the US, was founded by Edinburgh graduate James Blair, who served as the college's founding president for fifty years.
- McGill University, Canadian U15 university, founded in 1821, has strong Edinburgh roots and links to the University of Edinburgh as McGill's first (and, for several years, its only) faculty, Medicine, was founded by four physicians/surgeons, including Andrew Fernando Holmes and John Stephenson, who had trained in Edinburgh.
- Dalhousie University, Canadian U15 university, founded in 1818. In the early 19th century, Edinburgh alumnus George Ramsay, the ninth Earl of Dalhousie and Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia at the time, wanted to establish a Halifax college open to all, regardless of class or creed. The earl modeled the fledgling college after the University of Edinburgh, near his Scottish home.
- University of Sydney, the first Australian university, was founded by Charles Nicholson, a physician and graduate of the University of Edinburgh Medical School.
- India, where during British rule many officers of the Imperial Civil Service (1858 to 1947) and Imperial Forest Service (1864 to 1935) were educated and trained at Edinburgh.
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