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Millions of pounds committed to furthering University development

The University of Edinburgh has unveiled new plans to invest further in projects to upgrade its buildings and facilities. Work is already underway to refurbish McEwan Hall, the university’s graduation hall, which, when completed, will include the addition of new visitor and conference facilities, and this month heralds the start of the final phase of […]

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English universities charge highest public tuition fees in world

A recent report has shown that students at English universities pay the highest tuition fees in the world, followed by the USA and Japan. According to a study by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), annual fees at universities in England stand at an average of £6,000, higher than those in the USA at […]

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University of Edinburgh ranked fourth in UK for graduate employment

The University of Edinburgh has been ranked 23rd in the world and fourth in the UK in the latest Global Employability University Survey. Trendence, German market research company, and Emerging, French human resources consultancy firm, asked 2,400 managing directors of international businesses and 2,200 recruiting firms from 20 countries to rank 150 universities worldwide. Harvard […]

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Government seeks to exempt universities from Freedom of Information Act

Plans have been unveiled by the UK Government to exempt British universities from the Freedom of Information Act (FOI), introduced in 2000 to grant the general public the right to request and access information and data held by public bodies. The proposal, part of a Green Paper on Higher Education published by the Department for […]

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One third of Nobel prize winners educated in UK

A new study by the British Council has shown that over a third of Nobel Prize winners who studied abroad did so at British universities. Of the 860 recipients of the award since the prize was established in 1901, 131 were classed as international students for part of their higher education, with fifty having studied […]

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University of Edinburgh urges opposition to Governance Bill

The University of Edinburgh is urging alumni to lobby against a new Bill introduced by the Scottish Government. As reported in The Student last week, the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill has been condemned by universities across Scotland for its potentially “damaging” consequences. The Convenor of the Business Committee of the University of Edinburgh’s General […]

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Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson awarded honorary degree

Civil rights campaigner the Reverend Jesse Jackson has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh. The degree of Doctor Honoris Causa was conferred upon Mr Jackson on 22 August by Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Edinburgh, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, during a ceremony at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where Jackson […]

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University of Edinburgh backs EU membership

Scotland’s most influential universities have backed a national campaign to persuade British voters to maintain the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU). Universities UK, which represents 133 higher education institutions, including the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, launched the campaign on 27 July at University College London to argue the case that Britain’s […]