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a splash
University sports stars bring
home silver from Delhi
– page 8

What lies                       It’s good                   Like father,                     Win Scottish
beneath                         to talk                     like son                         Opera tickets
In pictures: digging up the     Opinion: Dr Miles Osborne   Profile: charting the surgical   Competition: win tickets
secrets of Old College’s        on the benefits of social   career of Professor James        to Scottish Opera’s Marriage
past – page 14                  media – page 16             Garden – page 21                 of Figaro – page 23

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                                                                                                                      On page 7 we report on the ‘Our Changing World’ lecture series, featuring
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        JK Rowling donates £10m for MS research
                arry Potter creator JK Rowling

        H       has donated £10 million to
                establish a new University
        research clinic for multiple sclerosis

        The writer (pictured right) made the gift in
                                                           I am incredibly impressed
        honour of her mother Anne who died                 by the calibre of clinicians
        from multiple sclerosis, aged 45. Named            and researchers that
        in her memory, the Anne Rowling
        Regenerative Neurology Clinic, will focus
                                                           Edinburgh has already
        on patient-based studies to help find              managed to attract to
        treatments that could slow progression of          make this project a reality.
        the disease, working towards the
                                                                                  JK Rowling
        eventual aim of stopping and reversing it.

        Ms Rowling said: “I cannot think of
        anything more important, or of more
                                                        a purpose-built facility within the            strengths in neurodegenerative disorders
        lasting value, than to help the University
                                                        Chancellor’s Building, will also provide       at the University, which benefit very
        attract world-class minds in the field of
                                                        insight into other degenerative neurological   considerably from our close partnership
        neuroregeneration, to build on its long
                                                        conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease,       with NHS Lothian.”
        and illustrious history of medical research
                                                        Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease
        and, ultimately, to seek a cure for a very                                                     The donation – the single largest ever
                                                        and motor neurone disease. There will
        Scottish disease.
                                                        also be a major emphasis on training the       granted to the University – is part of the
        “I am incredibly impressed by the calibre       next generation of researchers.                Edinburgh Campaign, which aims to
        of clinicians and researchers that                                                             raise £350 million for initiatives across the
                                                        Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, the
        Edinburgh has already managed to                                                               University. It is also the single largest
                                                        University’s Principal, said: “This
        attract to make this project a reality, and I                                                  donation that the author has given to a
                                                        exceptionally generous donation will
        truly believe that it is set to become a                                                       charitable cause. In 2007, she made a
                                                        provide great help in the worldwide effort
        world centre for excellence in the field of                                                    £2.5 million contribution towards the
                                                        to improve treatments for multiple
        regenerative neurology.”
                                                        sclerosis. Work at the clinic will build on    creation of the University’s Centre for
        Work at the clinic, which will be based in      the already existing important research        Multiple Sclerosis Research.

        PM praises energy research effort

                                  K Prime Minister      work on carbon capture and storage.            challenges of introducing this technology

                           U      David Cameron
                                  praised the
                          University for its
                                                        That’s the sort of technology we can
                                                        then share, and export and invest with
                                                        other countries.”
                                                                                                       in a developing country.”

                                                                                                       Edinburgh also conducts world-leading
                                                                                                       research on renewable energy in its
                          research into carbon
                                                        One of the purposes of the visit, he           Institute for Energy Systems. This work
                          capture and storage
                                                        added, was to seek partnership from            spans all aspects of renewable energy,
                          during his official visit
                                                        India in the area of energy research.
        to India this summer.                                                                          from electricity generation and
                                                        Jon Gibbins, the University’s Professor of     distribution to how this energy is used
        The Prime Minister (pictured) commented
                                                        Power Plant Engineering and Carbon             by the consumer. The Institute is at the
        that Edinburgh was among a small
                                                        Capture, commented: “We are very               forefront of wave and tidal energy
        number of UK universities that are
                                                        pleased that carbon capture and storage        research, and leads many UK and
        leading international research in the field.
                                                        is being discussed with India at the           European initiatives.
        He said: “We believe we can have a              highest level. The University has been
        technology leadership on this, developed        working on this in India for a number of       Mr Cameron visited the University earlier
        through some of our best universities, like     years and our engagement with scientific       this year to learn about the work carried
        Edinburgh… that are doing incredible            colleagues there has highlighted the           out at the Institute.

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                                                       University prepares for
                                                       tough economic climate
                                                             he University of Edinburgh is            from the Scottish Funding Council in early

                                                       T     beginning to demonstrate that it
                                                             can be financially successful during
                                                       a period of constrained funding, says its
                                                                                                      2011. With Government departments
                                                                                                      planning on the basis of major reductions
                                                                                                      in resources over four years, our funding
                                                       Director of Finance, Jon Gorringe.             could be seriously reduced.”

                                                       For the last two years the University has      Jon emphasises that it is important to
                                                       been working hard to both increase its         continue to seek ways to reduce costs to
                                                       income from non-governmental sources           ensure that we maintain financial security:
                                                       and implement various cost-saving              “Careful monitoring of spending as well
                                                       exercises, as its income has been              as income growth has enabled us to
                                                       reduced in some areas due to the impact        generate a good surplus in the financial
                                                       of the global financial downturn.              year that ended in July 2010. Managers
                                                                                                      have been anticipating tough financial
                                                       “The University is financially strong,” says
                                                                                                      times ahead and are engineering the
     The University is financially                     Jon. “We experienced a 50 per cent
                                                                                                      University into a position to cope with
                                                       growth in turnover during the last four
     strong. We experienced a 50                       years to 2008/09.”
                                                                                                      funding reductions. These reductions,
                                                                                                      while coming later in Scotland [than in
     per cent growth in turnover                       The University has also been anticipating      England], may be bigger in the first year.”
     during the last four years to                     reductions in public funding. He explains:
                                                                                                      Initiatives that are helping the University
     2008/09.                                          “The Research Councils will announce
                                                                                                      reduce costs include the Post Review
               Jon Gorringe, Director of Finance       their future funding in December and we
                                                                                                      Group, which evaluates and approves
                                                       hope to understand our 2011/12 funding
                                                                                                      every recruitment vacancy. This began
                                                                                                      operating in December 2008 and has
                                                                                                      helped to reduce the payroll cost by a
                                                                                                      substantial amount.
       Company boom sets Scottish university record
                                                                                                      Our Corporate Services LEAN initiatives
       The University has set a record for the number of companies created in an academic             are also well under way. Jon explains: “For
       year, further strengthening its position as Scotland’s leading research institution.           the University to compete successfully on
       Some 40 firms were formed in 2009/10, the most generated by a Scottish university in           the international stage we must ensure we
       a single year, and a 35 per cent increase on the 26 companies generated by the                 provide the most fit-for-purpose business
       University during the previous academic year.                                                  functions and processes by the right
                                                                                                      people in the right place at the right time
       Derek Waddell, Chief Executive Officer of Edinburgh Research and Innovation (ERI),             and at the best value for money. Our LEAN
       said: “As well as the unprecedented increase in the number of companies formed in              initiatives and workshops are identifying
       2009/10 by the University, the quality of the companies created is at a higher level           the ideal processes for us to strive for by
       than ever and this is testament to the entrepreneurship and creativity of the                  means of small manageable changes.
       University’s staff and students, and to the excellent support provided by ERI’s                So far more than 100 staff members
       company formation team.                                                                        have taken part in these workshops.”
       “Several of the new firms present real potential not only to contribute positively to the      Following a successful period of funding
       Scottish economy, but also to become globally significant – potentially helping to             and building major capital projects such
       generate further economic growth and new jobs.”                                                as the Main Library transformation, the
                                                                                                      Informatics Forum and the two new
       Among the new companies created by ERI in the past year is NGenTec, which creates
                                                                                                      developments at Easter Bush, the
       lightweight gearboxes for wind turbines, potentially making wind power generation
                                                                                                      University is now exercising greater
       more efficient.
                                                                                                      caution in putting new buildings projects
       Other new firms include Actual Analytics, which uses video analysis technology to              out to tender. The Government funding
       help develop drugs for diseases that affect the central nervous system, such as                that has enabled these projects to be
       Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and Skoogmusic, which produces innovative musical                 built is in future anticipated to be severely
       instruments for disabled children.                                                             constrained.

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The White Dog, 2007, lithograph, 26.5 x 19 cm, Courtesy the artist and Sorcha Dallas

                                                                                                                                                          Lanark author at TRG
                                                                                                                                                                he Talbot Rice Gallery (TRG) has this month launched an

                                                                                                                                                          T     exhibition celebrating the work of Scottish artist and writer
                                                                                                                                                                Alasdair Gray.

                                                                                                                                                          Gray, author of the critically acclaimed novel Lanark, trained as
                                                                                                                                                          a visual artist at Glasgow School of Art and has habitually
                                                                                                                                                          worked with both pictures and text.

                                                                                                                                                          The TRG show will feature many of the visual references to
                                                                                                                                                          Gray’s famous novels and short story collections, including Poor
                                                                                                                                                          Things, Old Men in Love and Lanark. Gray kept sketches,
                                                                                                                                                          scrawled notes and doodled motifs from each book.

                                                                                                                                                          The exhibition, which coincides with the publication of Gray’s
                                                                                                                                                          new autobiographical work, A Life in Pictures (Canongate), runs
                                                                                                                                                          from 23 October to 11 December.

                                                                                                                                                             James Tait Black winners
                                                                                                                                                             Established authors AS Byatt and John Carey have won this
                                                                                                                                                             year’s James Tait Black Memorial Prizes. Byatt was awarded
                                                                                                                                                             the fiction prize for her latest novel The Children’s Book
                                                                                                                                                             (Chatto), while Carey was the recipient of the biography
                                                                                                                                                             award for his book William Golding: The Man who Wrote
                                                                                                                                                             Lord of the Flies (Faber).

                                                                                       City Car Club opportunities for staff and students
                                                                                                                                                                                   ECA merger update
                                                                                              he University has teamed up with      James Finlayson, City Car Club’s

                                                                                       T      the City Car Club to provide staff
                                                                                              and students with the opportunity
                                                                                       to join the nationwide vehicle-pooling
                                                                                                                                    Managing Director, explains: “Our
                                                                                                                                    vehicles are located at convenient
                                                                                                                                    locations on or near the University of         E
                                                                                                                                                                                            dinburgh College of Art (ECA)
                                                                                                                                                                                            and the University of Edinburgh
                                                                                                                                                                                            have agreed to propose to the
                                                                                                                                                                                   Scottish Government that the two
                                                                                       scheme for business and personal use         Edinburgh. Our cars have CO2 emissions
                                                                                       at a discounted rate.                        that are less than 100g/km, and                institutions merge from 1 August 2011.
                                                                                                                                    independent research shows that an             The decision follows meetings of the
                                                                                       City Car Club members have access                                                           University Court and the College of
                                                                                                                                    average of 25 private cars are taken off
                                                                                       to hourly car and van rental across                                                         Art’s Board of Governors in
                                                                                                                                    the road for every City Car Club car.”
                                                                                       Edinburgh and the UK. Scotland’s capital                                                    September.
                                                                                       has the largest car-club operation outside   Corporate membership to the car club is
                                                                                       London, with 4,000 members and 100           to replace the existing pool car scheme        The merger proposals have been
                                                                                       cars based around the city.                  (with the exception of the Little France       developed following consultation with
                                                                                                                                    pool car).                                     staff, students and other stakeholders.
                                                                                                                                                                                   The institutions have now submitted
                                                                                                                                    For more information, please visit             the proposals to the Cabinet Secretary
                                                                                                                                                  for Education and Lifelong Learning,
                                                                                                                                                                                   Michael Russell MSP It is anticipated
                                                                                                                                                                                   that there will be a 12-week public
                                                                                                                                                                                   consultation period.

                                                                                                                                                                                   You can download the merger
                                                                                                                                                                                   proposal at:

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               news profiles...

               Response, relief, recovery
               As the aftermath of severe flooding causes widespread devastation in Pakistan, bulletin investigates
               the University’s involvement in a citywide initiative to provide support to global disasters.

                     he UN estimates that the floods              very quickly, to bring relief. Being involved       Committee allows the people of

               T     that ravaged Pakistan this summer
                     have affected at least 20 million
               people. In response to the catastrophe,
                                                                  in the work of this committee fits in very
                                                                  well with our internationalisation strategy,
                                                                  and I think it certainly supports our
                                                                                                                      Edinburgh to make a collective, civic
                                                                                                                      response to disasters like the floods in
                                                                                                                      Pakistan, or the earthquake in Haiti.
               the University is participating in an              approach to community engagement and                The involvement of organisations like
               Edinburgh appeal to raise money for                involvement in the developing world.”               the University of Edinburgh makes the
               projects to provide clean water for flood                                                              committee all the more effective, giving
               survivors. This is the second high-profile         With help from the University, so far the           us the chance to make even more
               appeal the University has been involved            group has raised £350,000 for long-term             difference to people in need right
               in as a member of the Edinburgh                    support for victims of Haiti’s devastating          across the world.”
               Disasters Response Committee (EDRC).               January earthquake. The money has
                                                                  contributed to emergency relief
               The group was established a little over a          distribution that includes clean                       How we
               year ago at the instigation of the Rt Hon          water, food, camp shelter
               George Grubb, Lord Provost of Edinburgh,           improvements, emergency                             helped in Haiti
               in partnership with international aid              income for families, hygiene        Money raised by the EDRC for victims of
               agency Mercy Corps. Following the                  kits and tools.                    Haiti’s earthquake contributed to supplying:
               public outpouring of support for the 2004
               Boxing Day tsunami, a need to be able to           Now the committee has                        865,000 gallons of clean water
               provide a coordinated and immediate                turned its attentions to
                                                                  the humanitarian crisis in
                                                                                                         315 tons of food, helping 33,000 individuals
               citywide response to large-scale
               disasters was identified, and the idea for         Pakistan, and a                          68,000 packets of high-energy biscuits
               the EDRC evolved from there.                       campaign to fund a
                                                                  project to secure a clean
                                                                                                             5,960 families with income through
               Professor Sue Welburn, Director of the                                                                  cash-for-work schemes
                                                                  water supply for 50,000
               Global Health Academy at the University            flood survivors has been                    9,660 tools for camp improvements
               of Edinburgh and the University’s EDRC             launched.
               representative, says: “The committee                                                          1,000 Port-au-Prince General Hospital
               helps us to collectively be more                   Mercy Corps Director John                            patients and personnel
               responsive when a major disaster takes             Cunningham explains: “The                                   with food.
               place. It is important to get money in,            Edinburgh Disasters Response

                 If you’d like to support the work of the Edinburgh Disasters Response Committee by donating to the Pakistan appeal, you can do so online or over the
                 phone:, 0845 245 0686, Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm. Staff wishing to make regular donations to any registered charity may be
                 interested in doing so directly from their pay through the Give as You Earn (GAYE) facility. Forms can be downloaded from and
                 should be forwarded to Payroll when completed.

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                                                                                          Tackling global change

                                                                                          From climate change to population, ‘Our
                                                                                          Changing World’ tackles some of the world’s
                                                                                          most pressing issues. So far Professor Paul
                                                                                          van Gardingen, UNESCO Chair of International

                                                                                          Development, has discussed bridging the gaps
                                                                                          between science and society, and Gabriele
                                                                                          Hegerl, Professor of Climate System Science,
                                                                                          has explained why looking into the past may
                                                                                          yield clues to future climate change patterns.
                                                                                          Also on the environment, Dr David Reay, MSc
                                                                                          Carbon Management Programme Director,
                                                                                          argued that society’s capacity for innovation
                                                                                          will help us tackle the threats of global
                                                                                          warming, and Professor Roger Jeffery, Chair
                                                                                          of Sociology of South Asian Studies,
                                                                                          discussed the link between population and
                                                                                          global issues like security, migration,
                                                                                          economic development and human rights.

                                                                                          Coming up…
Broadcaster Jon Snow joins a line-up of global experts for a new                          One world, one health: from rhetoric
                                                                                          towards reality
lecture series that lifts the lid on global issues. bulletin reports.                     Tuesday 26 October 2010,
                                                                                          6.30pm–7.30pm, Appleton Tower
         ext month Channel 4 anchorman       wish to explore their own subject in a

N        Jon Snow will share his insights
         into the changing scope of the
world’s media with an Edinburgh
                                             broader way by applying it to real-life
                                             global issues. Those taking the course,
                                             which will be capped at 30 students, will
                                                                                          Sue Welburn, Professor of Medical and
                                                                                          Veterinary Molecular Epidemiology, will
                                                                                          explore ways to tackle the disease battles of
                                                                                          the 21st century, while respecting the Earth’s
audience. The event will provide the         attend the public lectures, research in      biological integrity.
finale to the University’s ‘Our Changing     depth the topics, and use their findings
                                                                                          The invisible enemy: microbes and us
World’ lecture series, an innovative new     to contribute to small-group discussions.    Tuesday 2 November 2010,
pilot project that combines traditional      Participants will also be expected to        6.30pm–7.30pm, Appleton Tower
public lectures with interactive student     produce an individual research report
learning.                                    and collaborate on a group project.          Dorothy Crawford, Robert Irvine Professor of
                                                                                          Medical Microbiology, will talk about the links
The idea for the venture, which launched     Professor Mayank Dutia, of the School of     between the emergence of microbes and the
in September, was developed by               Biomedical Sciences, who has been            cultural evolution of the human race.
Professor Mary Bownes, Vice-Principal        heavily involved in organising the series,   Are stem cells the future of
Research Training and Community              explains: “We want the students, as well     regenerative medicine?
Relations, and Professor Gareth Leng,        as the public, to appreciate the role of     Tuesday 9 November 2010,
Head of the School of Biomedical             interdisciplinary research in addressing     6.30pm–7.30pm, Appleton Tower
Sciences, who were seeking to share the      these global issues, which are going to
                                                                                          Professor Siddarthan Chandran, Director of the
University’s global research expertise       impact not just on our lifestyles but on     Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone
with the local community.                    those of the next generation.                Disease Research, and Professor Charles
The lectures tackle important worldwide      “We also want the students to be able to     ffrench-Constant, Chair of Medical Neurology,
                                                                                          will examine stem cell research developments.
issues, including climate change,            use these global challenges as examples
international development, population,       from which to develop practical learning     Enlightenment lecture: a changing media
health and stem cell research. The           skills, which can be used throughout their   for a changing world – entering the
series also benefits from multimedia         university career and beyond.”               golden age of journalism or leaving it?
technologies. The lectures will be                                                        Friday 19 November 2010,
                                             The organisation behind this project has     6.30pm–7.30pm, McEwan Hall
filmed for online streaming enabling the
                                             involved support from colleagues across
lectures to be accessed by anyone and                                                     Jon Snow offers insights into the effects of
                                             the Colleges and support services. “The
social media tools will help to generate                                                  new technologies upon journalism.
                                             enthusiasm for the lecture series has
web-based discussion.
                                             been quite remarkable,” says Mayank.         You can book online for the lectures at
What makes this project unique is that       “It wouldn’t work without support from the
the lectures will also be used as part of    three Colleges, as well as interested        world.
a pilot course for first-year students who   colleagues from around the University.”

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                                                  The swimmers performed
                                                  fantastically in Delhi. I am
                                                  delighted with how well
                                                  they adapted to what was
                                                  a difficult environment.
                                                                          Chris Jones
                                                        Head of Performance Swimming


Making a splash
The University has always had a strong connection to the
Commonwealth Games, regularly offering a range of sporting talent to
the competition. This year, in Delhi, the University fielded its largest
contingent to date, and came home with two medals. bulletin reflects
on the staff and student contribution to this global sporting event.

For the University of Edinburgh swimmers    Having worked previously with Olympic
taking part in their first Commonwealth     and Commonwealth athletes, Chris was
Games, the tournament was an important      a fitting person to not only lead the
opportunity to build vital competitive      University’s elite swimming squad, but
experience. But exceeding all               to also play a key coaching role in the
expectations, 22-year-old Michael           2010 Team Scotland aquatics squad,
Jamieson’s impressive debut resulted        which brought home four medals,
in a silver medal in the 200m               including two gold.
breaststroke event.                         Achievements in Delhi will boost further
Michael’s silver medal has secured his      Chris’s ambitions for the University’s
reputation as one of the sport’s emerging   swimming operation, of which he played
talents and is testament to the strength    an influential role in setting up. Within a
of the University’s performance             relatively short period of time, the
swimming club with which he trains.         programme’s swimmers have been
Established a little over two years ago,    yielding impressive results.
this elite team of swimmers fielded five    “Over the past 18 months it’s really taken
athletes in the 2010 Team Scotland          off,” he says. “Since we’ve started we
aquatics squad.                             have put someone [Kris Gilchrist] on the
                                            World Championships team last year in
They included Kris Gilchrist, a fellow
                                            Rome, we have put swimmers on the
breaststroke swimmer who after
                                            national team in the European
achieving the fastest qualifying time for
                                            Championships in Istanbul, and we have
the 200m event, finished fifth; Kerry
                                            beaten Scottish records. We returned
Buchan, an experienced competitor, who
                                            from Glasgow [the British Gas National
was a finalist in the 200m woman’s
                                            Swimming Championships] in June as
breaststroke; and Commonwealth
                                            the top team in Scotland, which in less
newcomers Kathryn Johnstone and
                                            than two years is an outstanding
Louise Pate, who together with pool
                                            achievement.” Now the club can boast a
veterans Hannah Miley and Caitlin
                                            Commonwealth silver medal.
McClatchey, finished fifth in the 4x100m
medley relay.                               Looking ahead to the 2014 Glasgow             Top: Kris Gilchrist. Above from left:
                                            Commonwealth Games, and perhaps to            Kathryn Johnstone and fellow UoE
The University’s Head of Performance        the London Olympics in 2012, there are        performance swimmer Fiona Booth
Swimming, Chris Jones, said: “The           more targets to reach, and Chris admits
swimmers performed fantastically in         to being “ambitious about the
Delhi. I am delighted with how well they    programme”. He explains: “With the
adapted to what was a difficult             resources that the University has to offer,
environment. The UoE swimmers either        I can only see it getting better. We have
made finals or swam on personal best        world-class strength and conditioning
times. Michael’s Silver medal was           facilities. We’re lucky that we get physio
fantastic. As a coach these are the         support from FASIC [the University’s
events you look to for a measure of         Fitness Assessment and Sports Injuries
performance and the UoE swimmers truly      Centre], which is absolutely fantastic.”
stepped up to the mark.”                                                    >> page 10

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                                                                            Players on a world stage
                                                                            There were 35 student, staff and alumni University
                                                                            representatives taking part in Delhi. Here’s a selection:

                                                                            Eilidh Child, alumna, Physical Education
                                                                            Perthshire PE teacher Eilidh added to Team Scotland’s medal tally by
                                                                            winning silver in the women’s 400m hurdles. The athlete is a genuine
                                                                            prospect for London 2012.
                                                                            Alan Clyne (pictured), alumnus, Physical Education
                                                                            Scotland’s top player in squash and a regular on the pro tour, Physical
                                                                            Education graduate Alan is ranked 62nd in the world in the racket sport.
                                                                            Craig Howieson, 3rd-year Physical Education
                                                                            Table tennis player Craig, who is supported on the University’s Individual
                                                                            Performance Programme, experienced his first Commonwealth Games in
                                                                            Becky Merchant, 4th-year Neurosciences
                                                                            Delhi was hockey player Becky’s first Commonwealth Games. She won
                                                                            gold in 2007’s Youth Olympics in Australia as part of the Great Britain
                                                                            under 20s team.
                                                                            Graham Moodie, Player–Coach for the University’s Hockey Men’s XI
                                                                            This is the hockey player’s second Commonwealth Games. Graham has
                                                                            more than 100 caps for Scotland and has also been part of the Athens
                                                                            2004 GB Olympic squad.
                                                                            Steven Watterson, Research Fellow, Centre for Systems Biology
                                                                            Marksman Steven lined up in Delhi for the Isle of Man shooting team.
                                                                            Alistair Whittingham, Head of Performance Archery
                                                                            Alistair has made his name as a coach, but contributed to Team
                                                                            Scotland’s archery performance as a player. He is one of five University
                                                                            representatives on Scotland’s archery team in Delhi.

      The University’s first-rate sports facilities have contributed to       It is always tremendously exciting
      Edinburgh’s standing as one of the UK’s top sports universities
      in the UK. In particular, the services provided by FASIC are            representing your country.
      sought after by elite athletes from all over Scotland.                                                            Lindsay Thomson
      Founded in 1988, the centre has grown from a team of just                                FASIC’s Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist
      three to a well-staffed resource of 30. Three of the staff also
      took part in the Delhi Games as part of the medical squad.
                                                                          She adds: “Over the past two decades sport has received
      Supporting Scotland’s athletes at the tournament was FASIC’s        increased funding and become more professional, particularly in
      Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Lindsay Thomson, whose         Scotland. As a founding member of FASIC it has been incredible
      role at the event was Deputy Head of Medical Services for Team      to see us develop with the emphasis on research, education,
      Scotland. Accompanying her were FASIC colleagues University         evidence-based medicine and integration with coaches to help
      Physiotherapist and Clinical Specialist in High-Performance         develop the specific strengths our athletes need.”
      Sport, Sandi Lyall, and Medical Director, Dr Alastair Nicol.
                                                                          The University’s contribution to Scotland’s effort at the Games
      Lindsay, who has previously attended the Commonwealth               underlines the vital role higher education has to make in fielding
      Games in both Melbourne and Manchester, as well as the last         the sports talent of the future. Chris Jones explains: “It’s
      two Youth Commonwealth Games and the European Youth                 imperative that universities have an understanding that young
      Olympics, remarks: “It is always tremendously exciting              people who come to study are typically at an age when they will
      representing your country. These Games were very important          be excelling at a performance sport. Universities now have the
      for Scotland – there are a lot of young athletes coming through     facilities to be able to cater for performance sport and that’s
      as we prepare for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.”                     something that is getting stronger and stronger.”

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                                                                      Taking on
                                                                         the target

Archer Susan Maitland works part time in the School of Chemistry’s Teaching Office. A holder of
three Scottish records and recipient of multiple championship medals, Susan took part in her first
Commonwealth Games in Delhi this month. She caught up with bulletin before the tournament.

For how long have you been an                   of the Commonwealth Games training
archer for?                                     squad, I’ve competed in the Marks Park
                                                Tournament, South Africa [Susan gained
I’ve been an archer since 1986, when my
                                                bronze] and the Asian Grand Prix in
husband organised a beginner’s course
                                                Calcutta, where we returned with five
for me. At first it was just a hobby but I
                                                medals, including a team silver.
became more and more involved and
found that I really enjoyed competing.          How did the team prepare for the
                                                Delhi Commonwealth Games?
Which clubs do you play for?
                                                We took part in a test event in Delhi in
I’m a member of Penicuik Archers and
                                                March. It was too early in the season for
Edinburgh University Alumni Archery
                                                us because our outdoor season doesn’t
Club. In the alumni club, my coach is
                                                start till April, so we didn’t come back
Alistair Whittingham [the University’s Head
                                                with any medals. Closer to the event we
of Performance Archery and a fellow
                                                just worked hard, trained hard, and made
competitor in Delhi]. He’s been my coach
                                                sure we ironed out any problems in the
for years and what he doesn’t know isn’t
                                                equipment. You have to make sure             SUSAN’S MEDAL RECORD
worth knowing. He also coaches the
                                                everything’s 100 per cent right. We took
University club, which gets tremendous                                                       2010: Scottish Outdoor Championships,
                                                part in local competitions and training
results. It’s the best university club in the                                                      silver medallist
                                                weekends but the priority was just
UK and has been for years.                                                                         Scottish Indoor Championships,
                                                making sure that we stayed fit and
                                                                                                   silver medallist
Has archery been selected for the               healthy and kept the training going.
Commonwealth Games before?                                                                   2009: Fourth Asian Grand Prix, team silver
                                                                                                   FITA Marks Park tournament,
It was included in Brisbane in 1982,                                                               bronze medallist
which I think is the only time it’s been
part of the Games prior to Delhi. It’s great
                                                  Archery at Edinburgh                       2008: Scottish Outdoor Championships,
                                                                                                   bronze medallist
for the sport because the bigger the              Susan was one of five University of              Scottish Indoor Championships,
profile we can get, the more funding we           Edinburgh archery representatives in             gold medallist
can attract to help the sport move forward.       Team Scotland. Facilities for archery at
                                                                                             2007: Scottish Outdoor Championships,
                                                  the University have been bolstered
Aside from the Commonwealth                                                                        bronze medallist
                                                  significantly by the addition of a new
Games, which major tournaments
                                                  indoor archery range at the Pleasance      2004: British National Championships,
have you participated in?                                                                          silver medallist
                                                  – part of the recent expansion – as
I’ve shot for Scotland since 1988. I go to        well as a new outdoor archery shelter      2002: Scottish Outdoor Championships,
the Scottish and British Championships            at Peffermill.                                   gold medallist
every year, indoors and outdoors. As part

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      Portrait of Jane Welsh Carlyle reproduced by permission of Carlyle House

                                                                                                                                                       “It was a huge joy to see Professor Bowler appointed to the
                                                                                                                                                       Chair of Computational Particle Physics in recognition of a
                                                                                                                                                       career that touched all aspects of University life and inspired
                                                                                                                                                       several generations of physicists. He was, and is, an excellent
                                                                                                                                                       role model. I have copied his lecturing style shamelessly. Most
                                                                                                                                                       importantly, I have tried to emulate his balancing act of research,
                                                                                                                                                       teaching and bringing up a family, with his academic rigour
                                                                                                                                                       brought together with self-deprecating humour. I would not have
                                                                                                                                                       followed this career and I would be a different person without the
                                                                                                                                                       very direct inspiration, influence and friendship of Ken Bowler.
                                                                                                                                                       Cheers, Ken.”

                                                                                                                                                       Aileen Christianson, Senior Lecturer and an Editor of The
                                                                                                                                                       Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle,
                                                                                                                                                       shares her enthusiasm for the unsung literary contribution
                                                                                                                                                       of Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801–66).

                                                                                                                                                       “Jane Welsh Carlyle was the wife of essayist and historian
                                                                                                                                                       Thomas Carlyle, an alumnus and former rector of the University.
                                                                                                                                                       As a woman, Welsh Carlyle could not attend the University but
                                                                                                                                                       was instead wooed by one of its brightest graduates. Her
                                                                                                                                                       earliest links to the city included frequent visits to her early
                                                                                                                                                       confidante, Eliza Stodart, at 22 George Square. Following her

                                                                                                                                                       death, a grief-stricken Carlyle collected her letters, which were
                                                                                                                                                       published after his death in 1881. These letters brought
                                                                                                                                                       recognition that there had been “two writers in the household”
                                                                                                                                                       in Cheyne Row, London.

                                                                                                                                                       “My connection to her began with my appointment in 1967 as a

                                                                                                                                                       research assistant on The Collected Letters of Thomas and
                                                                                                                                                       Jane Welsh Carlyle, a joint project between Duke University
                                                                                                                                                       and the University of Edinburgh. Jane Welsh Carlyle’s individual
                                                                                                                                                       importance came with my realisation that her letters are not just
                                                                                                                                                       interesting narratives of daily 19th-century lives but exceptional
                                                                                                                                                       examples of skilled life writing. The young woman who visited
                                                                                 Coinciding with the Royal Society’s                                   George Square and became the letter writer from Cheyne Row
                                                                                                                                                       satirising her world, is a prime example of a local and a
                                                                                 350th anniversary local heroes                                        literary hero.”

                                                                                 campaign, bulletin asked a selection                                  John Henry, Professor of History of Social Science, on the
                                                                                                                                                       misunderstood Professor of Natural History Robert Jameson
                                                                                 of academics to nominate Edinburgh                                    (1774–1854).

                                                                                 individuals, past or present, who have                                “Robert Jameson, Professor of Natural History, here at
                                                                                                                                                       Edinburgh, has always had a bad press. His reputation was first
                                                                                 made a mark on their career or                                        scuppered by Charles Darwin, whose recollection that
                                                                                                                                                       Professor Jameson’s lectures were “incredibly dull” has carried
                                                                                 shaped thinking in their field.                                       more weight than any number of other testimonies to the
                                                                                                                                                       excellence of his teaching. Furthermore, when the history of
                                                                                                                                                       geology came to be written, it became set in stone that
                                                                                 Alan Murray, Professor of Neural Electronics, nominates
                                                                                 former tutor Emeritus Professor Ken Bowler as his local hero.         Professor Jameson was a hidebound follower of Abraham
                                                                                                                                                       Werner (who taught that all rocks precipitated out of a worldwide
                                                                                 “I first met Ken Bowler when I took his second-year course in         ocean), and therefore failed to acknowledge the superior theory
                                                                                 mathematical physics in 1972–73. Professor Bowler’s great skill       proposed by the ‘father of modern geology’, James Hutton.
                                                                                 was to paint mental pictures and to draw analogies for difficult      Evidence suggests he believed that it was premature to decide
                                                                                 scientific and mathematical material to bring it to life and enable   between Werner and Hutton, and suspended judgement until
                                                                                 it to be understood. As a theoretical particle physicist Professor    the evidence became decisive. Professor Jameson accepted
                                                                                 Bowler was completely at ease with complex physics and its            the truth of the Huttonian theory towards the end of his life.
                                                                                 mathematical abstraction. His ability to see why students were
                                                                                 having problems and then to cause the pennies of                      Recent scholarship has revealed that Jameson was one of the
                                                                                 comprehension to drop was legendary.                                  earliest thinkers in Britain to seriously consider the possibility of

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evolution. Advocating the evolutionary
theory of the French thinker Jean Baptiste
Lamarck (which has also suffered from a
bad press), Jameson may well have
                                                             Robertson in his youth was also
included it in his lectures and passed it                    a man of action and courage.
on to some of his students including                                                        Professor Tom Devine on William Robertson
Robert Grant and Hewett Cottrell Watson.
Grant, who taught extra-mural classes
at Edinburgh, gave Darwin his first             Scottish Enlightenment and an influential            Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
introduction to evolutionary theories and       Moderator of the General Assembly of                 in 1681. Between 1698 and 1701,
Watson, who published his evolutionary          the Church of Scotland. The University               Sibbald twice proposed the founding of a
ideas in 1836, was consulted by Darwin          building named after him in George                   Royal Society of Scotland. He began his
while writing On the Origin of Species.         Square appropriately houses key parts                geography in 1682, publishing a circular
Jameson, then, was at least indirectly a        of the School of History, Classics and               requesting information towards a
major influence on the man who finally          Archaeology.                                         description of Scotland: it was never
set the seal on the theory of evolution.”                                                            completed. His chief work, Scotia
                                                “Robertson in his youth was also a man
                                                                                                     Illustrata – an essay on Scotland’s natural
                                                of action and courage. He was to the fore            history – appeared the following year.
Peter M Grant, Emeritus Regius
                                                in the defense of Edinburgh when Prince
Professor of Engineering, admires
                                                Charles Edward Stuart’s Jacobite army                “The physician’s work has enduring
Dr Win Rampen, MD of University
                                                entered the city in 1745. Later he showed            significance. His view on the appetite
spin-out Artemis Intelligent Power.
                                                his finely honed diplomatic skills as                suppressant qualities of the heath pea,
“As a local hero Dr Rampen is                   leader of the Moderate Party in the                  for example, has attracted modern
distinguished for his highly innovative         Church of Scotland. Robertson and his                pharmaceutical companies, and the blue
design of hydraulic drive mechanisms.           kind helped to usher in a new age of                 whale was once named after him. Here
He achieved this by converting the earlier      liberal thought which was the sine qua               was a man who protested the value of
wave-power hydraulic mechanisms and             non for the remarkable intellectual                  natural knowledge as a means to
scaling them for use in conventional            advances made in Scotland in the middle              national improvement.”
mobile hydraulic drives, such as for            decades of the 18th century.
vehicle and JCBs. Dr Rampen then
                                                “But it is perhaps as a great historian that
moved this concept forward to achieve a
                                                William Robertson should be lauded and
fully dynamic control which used the
                                                remembered. A model for the current
principle he registered as Digital
                                                crop of Edinburgh scholars, he produced
Displacement® (DD) technology.
                                                several fine works of pioneering research,
“Artemis Intelligent Power was formed in        not least his History of America. He
1994 initially by Steven Salter (Emeritus       stands only behind Edward Gibbon and
Professor of Engineering Design), with Dr       David Hume in the firmament of 18th-
Rampen as Managing Director. Since its          century historians. A man of several parts
creation, the spin-out has grown                and indeed a local hero.”
organically to its current level of 25 staff.
Under Dr Rampen as MD, Artemis has              Charlie Withers, Professor of Historical
won several awards and supplemented             Geography, chooses Sir Robert Sibbald
its license income by winning projects          (1641–1722) as his “flawed hero”.
worth £3.5 million. The engineer has also
                                                “‘Hero’, like ‘tragedy’ and ‘genius’, is over
distinguished himself as an eminent
                                                used in modern parlance. People who
mechanical designer consultant through
                                                merit the description are anyway ‘flawed’.
his novel motor racing damper valve and
                                                Yet it is precisely for his fallibility as for his
power steering valve – both now used in
                                                many successes and for the fact that his
Formula One cars – and a hydraulic
                                                failures never tripped him that Sir Robert
device for vehicle body forming.”
                                                Sibbald is a ‘hero’ to me, flaws and all.
Tom Devine, Sir William Fraser                  Studying him and his world, this ‘hero’ is
Professor of Scottish History and               someone I can relate to.
Palaeography, praises former University
                                                “Professor Sibbald was a prime mover in
Principal William Robertson (1721–                                                                             Top: former University
                                                the early Scottish Enlightenment. He
1793).                                                                                                         Principal, William Robertson.
                                                established the ‘modern’ botanical
                                                                                                               Above: “legendary” lecturer
“William Robertson was Principal of the         garden in Edinburgh and the city’s first                       Ken Bowler
University, a great historian, a star of the    civic museum. He helped establish the

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      photo story...

                                                                                                                                            Julie Howden /The Herald
       What lies                                                                                                        Simpson & Brown

              reparations for a landscaping         That house was one of a series of

       P      project to resurface the
              University’s Old College
       quadrangle have unearthed a
                                                    buildings that comprised the medieval
                                                    Kirk O’ Fields parish church, which was
                                                    granted to the University in 1583. Work
       fascinating chapter in Scotland’s history.   on the present-day Old College began
                                                    in 1789, however due to financial
       Over the summer, archaeologists have
                                                    problems, the quadrangle was never
       been excavating the iconic site ahead of
                                                    completed to the same grandeur as the
       the £1 million makeover. They hope to
                                                    surrounding buildings.
       uncover remnants of the centuries-old
       buildings that lie beneath the concrete      The current resurfacing project will fulfil
       and in doing so, shed light on one of        the vision of original architects Robert
       Scotland’s darkest unsolved political        Adam and William Playfair and replace         Clockwise from top: an archaeologist
       murders – that of Mary Queen of Scots’       the gravel surface with honey-coloured        at work at the Old College site; an
       second husband, Henry Stuart Lord            sandstone paving stones and a lawn.           artist’s impression of the quad
                                                                                                  makeover; Lord Darnley, aged 17,
       Darnley, who died in 1567 when a house       Since the original plans were first
                                                                                                  with his brother Lord Charles Stuart,
       on the site blew up in a mysterious          drafted, more than 20 attempts have
                                                                                                  aged 6
       explosion.                                   been made to revamp the quad.

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                         For all occasions
                         Over the centuries the historic Old College quadrangle has
                         served as a gathering point for students and staff alike. In
                         more recent times, it has also provided a location for a
                         variety of projects: hot air balloon enthusiasts have used it
                         as a launching pad, camera crews have filmed there, and
                         every summer it comes alive as an outdoor Festival Fringe
                         venue. Once completed, the quad will be utilised as a
                         venue for graduation celebrations and festival shows.

 Clockwise from above:
 The University’s Hot
 Air Balloon Club
 launch from the quad;
 Old College prior to
 1952; students take a
 break from lectures;
 Robert Adam’s vision
 for the quad; Old
 College provides a
 backdrop for a scene
 from Scottish crime
 drama Taggart

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      It’s good to talk

      Whether you find                                                           arlier this year      with each other. Twitter originated in the

      Facebook frightening or                                             E      something
                                                                          happened. For the first
                                                                                                       world of public blogging and encourages
                                                                                                       people to post short messages that are
                                                                                                       potentially read by anyone. In the early
      Twitter tedious, Social                                             time, more people in         days this communication was mainly
                                                                          the US visited               textual, but increasingly image and video
      media is here to stay,                                              Facebook than Google.        sharing has become popular.
                                                       Miles Osborne Google represented a
      says Dr Miles Osborne, a                                            time when people             Social media is attractive from a research
                                                       passively searched the web for content.         perspective. Linguistically, it contains the
      reader with the School of                        Facebook stands for a time when people          language of enormous numbers of
                                                                                                       different people communicating on a vast
      Informatics. As a user of                        actively create content. Statistics on social
                                                       media (mainly Facebook and Twitter, but         range of subjects and in numerous
                                                                                                       languages. Social media is an excellent
      and researcher in social                         also Livejournal, Google Buzz, Orkut and
                                                                                                       way to carry out research in sociology
                                                       YouTube, to name a few) are staggering.
      media, Dr Osborne                                If Facebook was a country then it would         (for example, how do groups emerge or
                                                       have the fourth largest population in the       evolve over time?). Because so many
      explains why this new                            world. On Twitter alone, people send            people use it for various different
                                                       more than 100 million short messages            purposes, it can be used as a rapid and
      internet phenomenon can                          (tweets) each day. Social media is not a        cost-effective way to monitor large
                                                       fad: it is here and not going away.             communities. People have used it to
      enhance our lives.                                                                               track flu outbreaks and monitor
                                                       People use social media to communicate          earthquakes and other natural disasters.
                                                       in many different ways. Facebook grew           It can also be used as a tool of
                                                       from roots within American academic             persuasion. Political parties use it for
      Illustration: Gemma Stuart, fourth-year BA
      (Hons) illustration, Edinburgh College of Art,   communities and support groups of               campaigning, as do numerous                   friends talking and sharing information         companies for marketing and business

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intelligence. Here at Edinburgh, uses for                                                  What about the future? It seems likely that
social media have included event                                                           the Facebooks and Twitters of today will
detection (quickly finding out about what                                                  be replaced by something else. What is
is happening in the world), modelling the           Social media is not a                  unlikely to change is our desire to talk with
stock exchange and also as a source of              fad: it is here and not                each other, nor expected battles revolving
large datasets driving the development of                                                  around data. Perhaps legislation will catch
novel algorithms. We also translate it
                                                    going away.                            up and the rights we have about our data
from one language to another.                                                              will become better defined. As a user of
                                             static sets of tweets. Without this data,
Social media has been so successful          it is hard to conduct research and            social media and a researcher in it, I don’t
because it improves lives, both personally   something as basic as reproducing             see these as problems. It is good to talk,
and in the workplace. Most people are        results is almost impossible. Social          even in 140 characters at a time.
aware of public social media sites such      media companies are clearly still learning
as Facebook. Fewer people are aware of       how best to balance the needs of their
Enterprise (commercial) versions, which      users against the desire to make money.       Miles is a Reader in Informatics, having
are used by companies internally.            Facebook continually changes its privacy      joined in 2000. He mainly works on
                                             settings, making it hard to know exactly      natural language processing, machine
But use of these technologies is not                                                       translation and social media. You can
                                             what is shared and with whom.
without problems. Because virtually all                                                    follow him on twitter (@milesosborne).
social media is controlled by companies,     These companies tend to lock the data         He is very interested in finding out what
academic access to the data (what            in, making it hard to move it later.          other people are doing in social media,
people talk about, who they are, who         Initiatives such as OpenData and peer-to-
                                                                                           so get in touch.
their friends are and so on) is              peer social media networks (which do
problematic. At the time of writing, there   not directly control the data) point to       If you wish to comment on some of the
are no large-scale sources of Facebook       possible solutions to these problems.         points raised by Miles, please email
friendship graphs or person-to-person        Ultimately, we may need government-  Are you an
communication available, and Twitter         level intervention legislating how our data   academic who tweets? If so, let us know
actively prevents people from distributing   is stored, shared and safeguarded.            at the email address above.

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      people news...

      people news
                                                  Sir John takes up MRC role
         I am thrilled to be joining                    rofessor Sir John Savill, Head of         with charities, industry, patients and public

          the MRC at a time when
             there are such bright
                                                  P     the College of Medicine &
                                                        Veterinary Medicine (MVM), has
                                                  been appointed as the Chief Executive of
                                                                                                  are so important in developing research
                                                                                                  and research leaders for the future.”

                                                  the Medical Research Council (MRC). He          MVM staff changes
                      prospects for               began the three-year post on 1 October          The College Head’s new role is one of
                          the UK to               but remains in his role as Head of the          several changes within MVM. Professor
                                                  College of Medicine & Veterinary                Jonathan Seckl, Director of Research for
                              play a
                                                  Medicine.                                       the College, will take on a role as
                        leading role                                                              Executive Dean for the College.
                                                  He commented: “I am thrilled to be
                               in the             joining the MRC at a time when there are
                                                                                                  Professor John Iredale, Head of the
                                                                                                  Centre for Inflammation Research, will
                       international              such bright prospects for the UK to play
                                                                                                  also take on a three-year role as Dean of
                                                  a leading role in the international effort to
                            effort to             beat disease through interdisciplinary
                                                                                                  Clinical Medicine. Hugh Edmiston,
                                                                                                  former Director of Operations at the
                      beat disease.               discovery science.
                                                                                                  Roslin Institute of the University of
                                                  “By retaining a University base, I will         Edinburgh, joined MVM in September as
                                                  remain grounded in the realities of             College Registrar-elect. His predecessor
                                                  medical research in which partnerships          Louis Golightly retired.

      Teaching and research innovators honoured

             hree members of staff have been      presented the Teaching Award for his role       Dr Euan Brechin, Reader in Inorganic

      T      recognised in the University’s
             annual Chancellor’s Awards. The
      awards, which were presented by the
                                                  in establishing the Edinburgh Surgical
                                                  Sciences Qualification.

                                                  The Research Award was given to Peter
                                                                                                  Chemistry (pictured far right), received the
                                                                                                  Rising Star award. This accolade credits
                                                                                                  young academics who have
      University’s Chancellor, HRH Prince                                                         demonstrated great achievement and
                                                  Sandercock, Professor of Medical
      Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, reward                                                           potential. Dr Brechin is considered to be
                                                  Neurology (pictured centre), who is
      excellence and innovation in teaching                                                       the leading UK scientist under 40 in the
                                                  actively involved in acute stroke care at
      and research.                                                                               field of molecular magnetism.
                                                  the University, and has become a leader
      James Garden, Regius Professor of           in the field. Professor Sandercock heads        Turn to page 21 for a profile of
      Clinical Surgery (pictured far left), was   Edinburgh Neuroscience.                         Professor James Garden.

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  S&E’s Deputy Head retires                                                                  Role play
                                                           From setting up Maths
                                                           Base to playing a key
                                                           role in the
                                                           redevelopment of
                                                           King’s Buildings,
                                                           Dr John Martin,
                                                           Deputy Head of the
                                                           College of Science
                                                           and Engineering, has
                                                                                             Name: Billy Hislop
                                                           enjoyed a diverse
                                                                                             Role: Procurement Training and
                                                           University career. He             Development Manager
                                                           stepped down from his             Department: Procurement Office
                                                           post this summer to               incorporating Printing Services
                                                           take early retirement.            What is your role at the University?
                                                           His colleagues reflect            My role is to plan and develop procurement-
                                                           upon his time here.               related training and development events for
                                                                                             anyone in the University who is involved in
                                                                                             I also coach and develop staff in procurement
        niversity of Cambridge graduate

                                              John took overall responsibility for           matters and brief them on policies, procedures
        Dr John Martin joined the             buildings and the redevelopment of             and best practice.
        University of Edinburgh in 1973       King’s Buildings, playing an important         Why does the University need someone to
as a lecturer in mathematics. His             role in ensuring the construction of many      do your job?
achievements in that post include             important buildings including the
                                                                                             The University spends approximately
becoming the first to teach the use of        Informatics Forum, the Ashworth
                                                                                             £150 million per annum and managing
PCs to an entire honours class,               Wellcome laboratories and the CH
                                                                                             this expenditure to make budgets stretch
contributing to the setting up of our first   Waddington Systems Biology Centre.             further is extremely important, especially
major microlab, establishing the Maths        John was also keen to improve the              given the current economic climate, the
Base for first-year mathematics students      student experience and under his               pressure on budgets and the increased risks
at Appleton Tower and serving as              guidance Appleton Tower was                    of noncompliance within the regulations.
                                              refurbished, with special attention to
Secretary of the Edinburgh                                                                   A large number of University employees are
                                              modern facilities for Maths, Physics and
Mathematical Society.                                                                        involved in procurement activities and it is
                                              Informatics, as well as a cybercafe.           important that appropriate help and support is
In 1991 his talents were recognised by                                                       available to them. My role helps people to
                                              More recently John was involved in the
promotion to Senior Lecturer and in 1994,                                                    develop and utilise appropriate skills to help
                                              library project at King’s Buildings, which
his name emerged for the position of                                                         them carry out their duties better.
                                              has begun with the refurbishment of the
Head of Department. In 1998 John                                                             What essential qualities and skills does a
                                              third floor of the James Clerk Maxwell
became Vice-Dean [now Deputy Head of          Building as a learning and teaching cluster,   person need to do your job?
College] and for the next 12 years he         as well as preparation for the rebuilding      Good planning, communication, presentation
worked with four Heads of College,            of the old Robertson Library, which            and influencing skills, as well as a positive
providing stability in the College office,    started in the summer. Through these           attitude to developing people to maximise
and more importantly, managing and            developments, John demonstrated an             their potential.
initiating many important projects of his     understanding of the different patterns of
own. During a time of great change, John      students’ working behaviour by designing
was responsible for the semesterisation       facilities that allow for innovative methods      If you would like to nominate
and curriculum redevelopment projects         of teaching and learning. The enormous         yourself or a colleague for this slot,
as well as redesigning IT delivery and        range of John’s activities and skills make      please email
organisation within the College.              him irreplaceable.

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      people news...

                                                                                                     Queen’s Birthday
                                                                                                     Honours list
                                                                                                            everal staff members and

                                                                                                     S      associates of the University of
                                                                                                            Edinburgh have been
                                                                                                     recognised in the 2010 Queen’s
                                                                                                     Birthday Honours. Honorary Professor
                                                                                                     Veronica van Heyningen FRS, received
                                                                                                     a CBE for services to science.

                                                                                                     OBEs were given to Utheshtra Chetty,
      New faces for the new year                                                                     retired Senior Consultant Surgeon with
                                                                                                     the Edinburgh Breast Unit and
            he University opened its new academic year this autumn with four new Heads of

                                                                                                     Honorary Senior Lecturer with the
            School and a new University Secretary, who have all been officially inducted into        University’s School of Surgery, and
            their roles. The new appointees, who are pictured left to right, are: Dr Kim Waldron,    Rosalind Newlands, who works with
      University Secretary; Dr Andy McKinlay, Head of the School of Philosophy, Psychology           the University’s Office of Lifelong
      & Language Sciences; Professor Jay Brown, Head of the School of Divinity (acting);             Learning as Course Director for the
      Professor Cara Aitchison, Head of the Moray House School of Education; and                     Scottish Tourist Guides Association
      Professor Eleanor Campbell, Head of the School of Chemistry.                                   Blue Badge Training Course.
                                                                                                     Receiving MBEs were Jim Aitken, the
      Dr McKinlay and Professors Brown and Campbell took up their new roles at the start
                                                                                                     Director for the Centre for Sports and
      of the new academic year. Professor Aitchison took up her appointment in June 2010,
                                                                                                     Exercise, and Health and Safety’s
      and Dr Waldron took up her position on 1 August. All four new Heads and the new
                                                                                                     Donald Blue.
      University Secretary completed an induction course in August to help ease them
      into their new roles.

        Peter Denyer (1953–2010)
                           Peter Denyer was an        opportunity to develop this technology        In 1997 Peter obtained a Queen’s Award
                           electronics engineer,      commercially, by setting up VLSI Vision       to Industry for VVL. In 1998 he was
                           distinguished              Ltd (VVL). The company became the             awarded the Royal Academy of
                           academic, inventor,        first Scottish university spin-out to         Engineering Silver Medal and was
                           company CEO and            become a PLC. In 1998, it became the          appointed Fellow of the Royal Society of
                           multiple entrepreneur.     imaging division of STMicroelectronics        Edinburgh. In 2008 his work on CMOS
                           He pioneered CMOS          and Peter acted as a consultant and           camera chips was awarded one of the
        image sensor chips for many                   adviser during the transition.                Rank Optoelectronics Prizes.
        applications, including mobile phones,
                                                      Peter resigned from his Chair at the          Peter was an inspiration to a generation
        and was the first academic to bring a
                                                      University, but was appointed an              of students, young academics and
        Scottish university spin-out company
                                                      Honorary Professor in 2001. He acted          aspiring entrepreneurs. He was
        to PLC.
                                                      as Chairman for the Scottish                  inventive, dynamic and exciting to work
        In 1980 Peter was appointed lecturer at       Microelectronics Centre, Microemissive        with and full of energy and enthusiasm.
        the University of Edinburgh, where his        displays and Rhetorical Systems. He also      His skills, advice and assistance in
        first research project was to invent a        held posts as Adviser to the University       finding customers, or investors, given to
        method of bit-serial compilation. His work    of Edinburgh Commercialisation Unit,          many high-tech SMEs over the last
        grew rapidly from there and in 1989, his      Chairman of ATEEDA, Adviser to Dexela,        decade will be sorely missed.
        discoveries led to the creation of the        Chairman of QFT, Angel Investor,
        world’s first single-chip CMOS video          Chairman of Pufferfish and Board                                   Dr David Renshaw,
        camera. Peter quickly took the                Member of the ERA Foundation.                                    School of Engineering

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                                                   Like father, like son
                                                   Childhood ambitions materialised into a successful surgical career for
                                                   Professor James Garden. The surgeon talks to bulletin.

                                                          s a small boy, James Garden had           “One of the many reasons why we have

                                                   A      big dreams. Of becoming a
                                                          farmer… And then a fireman…
                                                   But after observing his orthopaedic
                                                                                                    had so many good bright young people
                                                                                                    coming through Edinburgh surgery is
                                                                                                    that we always try to engage the
                                                   surgeon father on the wards of his               undergraduates – they get to know us
                                                   local Lanarkshire hospital, he was sold          and you always get a kick out of seeing
                                                   on medicine.                                     a young person mature and develop,”
                                                                                                    he enthuses.
                                                   Now, many years later, it’s clear that
                                                   James, the University’s Regius Professor         James himself studied medicine at
                                                   of Clinical Surgery and Honorary                 Edinburgh in the 1970s and completed
                                                   Consultant Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary        his postgraduate surgical training in
                                                   of Edinburgh, made a good decision.              Edinburgh, Glasgow and finally Paris,
    I have always been                             “As children we would go along to the
                                                                                                    where he trained in liver transplant and
                                                                                                    hepatobiliary surgery. He then returned to
    fiercely proud of                              hospital to entertain patients. There was
                                                                                                    Edinburgh, where he played an integral
                                                   a real community spirit,” he reflects. “My
    Edinburgh medicine’s                           father was a bit of an interventionist and
                                                                                                    role in establishing the Scottish Liver
                                                                                                    Transplant Unit at the Royal Infirmary of
    international reputation,                      he had made quite a reputation for
                                                                                                    Edinburgh. In 1992, he performed
    and our programme is                           himself, which seemed to be based
                                                                                                    Scotland’s first successful liver transplant,
                                                   around teamwork.”
    essentially spreading                                                                           and the unit has subsequently
                                                   Collaboration and communication are of           transplanted some 1,000 patients. It is
    the ‘Edinburgh                                 paramount importance to James, who               also established as a major referral centre
    enlightenment’.                                received this year’s Chancellor’s Award          for complex problems requiring surgery to
                                                   for Teaching in recognition of his role in       the liver, pancreas and bile ducts.
                                                   establishing the online MSc in Surgical
                                                                                                    On the back of this success, James was
                                                   Sciences (the Edinburgh Surgical
                                                                                                    able to help establish kidney and pancreas
                                                   Sciences Qualification). The unique
 PROFESSOR JAMES GARDEN: CV                                                                         transplant units at the Royal Infirmary.
                                                   programme supports surgical trainees
                                                                                                    Having such a strong academic surgical
 The University of Edinburgh                       through the early years of their
                                                                                                    group enables his team to deliver high-
 1978–1979:     Anatomy Demonstrator               postgraduate surgical training using an
                                                                                                    quality clinical training and patient care
 1997–2000:     Consultant Professor of            e-learning web-based system, and
                                                                                                    while concurrently building a solid and
                Hepatobiliary Surgery, Royal       attracts high-calibre students from all
                                                                                                    supportive environment in which research
                Infirmary of Edinburgh             corners of the globe.
                                                                                                    and teaching can flourish. He explains:
 2000–present: Regius Professor of Clinical        He insists, however, the development of          “We now have the critical mass to deliver
               Surgery                             the MSc programme was a collaborative            in all of these areas. It comes back a little
 2002–2006:     Head of the School of Clinical     effort: “It is one thing for me to deliver the   to when I was observing my father –
                Sciences & Community Health        leadership, but we have involved more            everyone has a place in the team.”
 2007–present: Director of MSc in Surgical         than 400 senior trainees and consultant
               Sciences (ESSQ)                                                                      As for his own remit at the University and
                                                   surgeons, and to get that degree of
                                                                                                    beyond, James has enjoyed a varied and
 Other roles                                       support from colleagues is very
                                                                                                    challenging career, and his many roles
                                                   rewarding. I have always been fiercely
 1985–1988:     Lecturer, University of Glasgow,                                                    mean that every hour in his working week
                Glasgow Royal Infirmary            proud of Edinburgh medicine’s
                                                                                                    is accounted for. “I would say I have a
                                                   international reputation, and our
 1986–1987:     Chef de Clinique, Hopital Paul                                                      very balanced lifestyle; my family would
                Brousse, Villejuif, France         programme is essentially spreading the
                                                                                                    probably beg to differ!” he jokes. “There
                                                   ‘Edinburgh enlightenment’.”
 1988–present: Honorary Consultant Surgeon,                                                         are some sacrifices, such as working
               Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh        James’s Chancellor’s Award also                  long clinical hours, but it is rewarding as
 2004–present: Surgeon to the Queen in             recognises his innovative teaching               you feel that you are enhancing the
               Scotland                            approach to the undergraduate medical            reputation of the University and that you
                                                   curriculum.                                      are actually making a difference.”

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      health ...

      health &
      Striking gold for health                                                  Cycling friendly
      The University has received Gold Healthy Working Lives                    The University’s Central Area site
      accreditation in recognition of its commitment to enhancing               has been awarded Cycle Friendly
      health and wellbeing in the workplace. The award is part of a             Employer status. The Cycle Friendly
      national programme, run by the Scottish Centre for Healthy                Employer Award scheme was set up by Cycling Scotland to
      Working Lives. To earn Gold, the University was assessed on a             provide national recognition for organisations whose
      range of areas related to health and wellbeing in the workplace,          workplaces support cycling. The University already holds the
      including health and safety, occupational health, supporting              accreditation for the King’s Buildings campus.
      staff attendance, diet and exercise, mental wellbeing and
      community health. Karen Darling, Deputy Director of Health and
      Safety, says: “This award recognises the efforts of all the staff         Orienteering course
      who have played a part in implementing and developing both
                                                                                A new orienteering course has opened at Pollock Halls. The
      existing and new initiatives and activities that benefit the
                                                                                course is available for students, staff, visitors, event organisers
      University community and beyond.”
                                                                                and local community groups. You can try a number of routes on
      For updates and information on health and wellbeing                       the course, and the longest will take approximately 45 minutes
      at work and beyond, visit the University’s new                            for walkers, or 10 to 15 minutes for runners. There is a nominal
      dedicated website on the subject at                                       charge of £1. Further information is available from the                       Reception Centre at Pollock Halls (tel 0131 667 1971).

                                                     Grilled Yellowfin                Make a marinade by combining in a bowl 2 tablespoons
                                                                                      extra-virgin olive oil, finely grated zest of 1 lemon, 10g
                                                     Tuna with Puy                    sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Add
                                                     Lentils &                        tuna, cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

                                                                                      Meanwhile, sweat rice and onion in a little olive oil in a
                                                     Malawi Rice                      saucepan over a medium heat for 1 minute. Gradually
                                                                                      add 500ml hot water, stirring occasionally. Simmer gently
                                   Supplied by Kitchen Manager Klaus Knust            until water is absorbed or rice is tender. Add a little more
                                                                                      hot water if necessary. Add cooked lentils and mix well.
        Serves 4
                                                                                      Add tomatoes, lemon juice and chilli and season with
        600g tuna loin (sashimi grade), cut into 4 medallions                         sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside and
        200g brown Malawi rice*                                                       keep warm.
        100g red onion, finely diced
        2tbs olive oil, for frying and drizzling                                      Remove tuna from marinade (discard liquid) and grill
        100g puy lentils, cooked until al dente                                       under a preheated hot grill or fry on a lightly oiled hot
        50g seedless vine tomatoes, diced                                             griddle pan for 1 minute each side – flesh should be very
        1tbs lemon juice                                                              pink and moist in the centre (reduce the cooking time by
        20g red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced lengthways                         half for medallions thinner than 1 inch).
        16 orange segments (optional)                                                 To serve, spoon rice mixture on to the centre of 4 large
        40g mixed Sakura and mustard cress leaves                                     plates and arrange tuna on top. Garnish with orange
        40g pumpkin seeds (dry-toasted in a pan for a few minutes)                    segments, if desired, and cress leaves, sprinkle with
        20g sunflower seeds (dry-toasted in a pan for a few minutes)                  pumpkin and sunflower seeds and lightly drizzle with
        * The University signed a pledge to stock fair trade rice from Malawi         olive oil.


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 Spot the difference
           in tickets to
           Scottish Opera’s
           Marriage of Figaro
 at the Festival Theatre,
 Edinburgh, by identifying the
 differences in our Spot the
 Difference puzzle. Compare
 the two pictures on the right.
 The image of New College
 on the far right differs from
 the one on its left. You are
 looking for five differences.
 Circle each one and send
 your entry in by Wednesday
 10 November. All correct
 responses will be placed in
 a draw and a winner will be
 selected at random and
 notified by email. Send your
 entry and email details to
 our address on page 2. The
 previous winner was David
 Nicklas, Printing Services,
 who won a Walker Slater tie.

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                             In every issue of bulletin we profile an item from the University

                             Holinshed’s Chronicles
                             The 1587 edition of Holinshed’s Chronicles: An Historical Description
                             of the Land of Britain, and Scotland was used by William Shakespeare
                             as the principal source for his history plays and Macbeth. This heavily
                             revised and augmented second edition was also one of a number of
                             sources he used when writing King Lear and Cymbeline.

                             Bound in a handsome 18th-century binding and in outstanding
                             condition, it will be used for research and teaching and will also
                             enrich both the University’s intellectual capital and research heritage.

                             The Chronicles will be displayed alongside some of the University’s
                             collection of Shakespeare’s Quartos in the Centre for Research
                             Collections’ viewing gallery.

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