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University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh was founded in 1583 in a period of rapid development in Edinburgh, Scotland. It has more students than any other university in Scotland and is amongst the largest in the United Kingdom. The University of Edinburgh is a member of the Russell Group of large, research-led British universities. It is also the only Scottish university (and the only British university apart from Oxford and Cambridge) to be a member of the Coimbra Group and the LERU: two groups of leading European universities. In 2003 Edinburgh became the first Scottish university to be awarded Fairtrade status.

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2 Location
3 Alumni
4 External Links


The university's first building was Old College, now the School of Law, situated on South Bridge. Its first forte in teaching was anatomy and the developing science of surgery, from which it expanded into many other subjects. It offers degree courses in more traditional subjects than you could think of (although the Agricultural College has recently closed). The University also offers a number of subjects that are offered in only relatively few other universities, including artificial intelligence, in which it is rivalled only by MIT.

The university is one of the ancient universities of Scotland, and boasts a student newspaper ("Student") founded by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1887. The two oldest Schools - Law and Divinity - are both well-esteemed in their respective subjects, with Law being based in Old College, and Divinity being based in New College, on the Mound, just in front of the temporary home of the Scottish Parliament. Students at the university are represented by the Edinburgh University Students' Association, EUSA, which was founded in 1889 and comprises the Students' Union and Student Representative Council (SRC).


Along with the expansion in topics of study the university has also expanded its campus such that it now has five main sites:


The University has had many famous alumni, including:

Hume and Maxwell both applied for teaching posts at the university, which refused to employ either.

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See also: Russell Group of Universities

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