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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
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
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
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
University for its
That’s the sort of technology we can
then share, and export and invest with
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.
AUTUMN 2010 THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH STAFF MAGAZINE 3.
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
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
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
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
www.ed.ac.uk/transport. for Education and Lifelong Learning,
Michael Russell MSP It is anticipated
that there will be a 12-week public
You can download the merger
AUTUMN 2010 THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH STAFF MAGAZINE 5.
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: www.mercycorps.org.uk, 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 www.giveasyouearn.org 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.
Broadcaster Jon Snow joins a line-up of global experts for a new One world, one health: from rhetoric
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
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 www.ed.ac.uk/news/events/changing-
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.
Head of Performance Swimming
8. THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH STAFF MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2010
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
AUTUMN 2010 THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH STAFF MAGAZINE 9.
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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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
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,
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.
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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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
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
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
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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
www.gemmastuart.net/index.html 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- firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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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
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
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
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 email@example.com.
organisation within the College. him irreplaceable.
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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
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
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,”
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,
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
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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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
www.ed.ac.uk/staff-students/staff/health-wellbeing. 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.
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
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.
EDINBURGH DISASTERS RESPONSE COMMITTEE
CLEAN WATER SUPPLY
Please give what you can today
to help the people of Pakistan.
By phone on 0845 245 0686
(Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm)
Clean and secure drinking water systems are now even more
crucial for people directly and indirectly affected by the flooding.
It shouldn’t be this complicated... To help the recovery we are appealing for funds to help build 50
water systems to supply 50,000 people.
19 • 21 • 23 • 25 • 27 Nov
Festival Theatre Edinburgh This will reduce the risk of waterborne diseases - which can kill.
0131 529 6000
Mercy Corps in association with the City of Edinburgh Council and other city organisations
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Registered in Scotland Number SCO37531 Scottish Charity Number SCO19787
Registered Charity Number SC030289 Company Registration number: 208829
AUTUMN 2010 THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH STAFF MAGAZINE 23.
The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.
In every issue of bulletin we profile an item from the University
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.
24. THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH STAFF MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2010