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One Day Without Us

One Day Without Us is a national day of events on Monday 19 February, in support of EU nationals and internationals living, working, and studying in this country.

About a third of our staff cohort is international, and without them we would not be able to keep going. We wish to highlight all the things we would be unable to do without our international staff members. Whether that’s order a coffee in one of our cafes, teach an entire course, or run a department, we want to acknowledge and celebrate their contributions.

To demonstrate the importance of migration and diversity to our continued success, we are taking part in One Day Without Us.

Last year, many schools, departments and teams took part around the University. This included celebratory lunches, informative blog posts and striking images.

This year, we would love to see an even bigger response from the University community to this day of action.

You too can show your support for our international community of staff, students, family and friends by getting involved in the SPS celebration.


When: Monday 19 Feb | 10am – 2pm

Where: Ground@CMB | Chrystal Macmillan Building | 15a George Square | Edinburgh

How: Get involved in the events taking place in CMB, by sampling our international treats, add a stitch or two to our SPS quilts and making your voice heard on social media or on our post-it wall.

SPS Events

Cakes of the world

Sample delicious sweet and savoury treats from around the world.

Crocheting & Knitting

Easy to learn and quick to master – not to mention a great way to socialize and even relax. Join the SPS community to help make ‘granny squares’ which will be used to make blankets for local charities. Materials and instructors provided. 

Post-it Wall

Post your thoughts on migration on our Wall of Unity in ground@cmb.

Map Display

We’ll be showing where our staff and students come from as well as where research, fieldwork and collaborations are based on the global SPS map.

Further Information

Anyone who would like to donate a cake/snack, would like to volunteer their time from 10am – 2pm or who has an international link, project or personal photograph that they would like to be featured on the map please contact Wezi Mhura at:

Further resources and information on the national campaign are available online at:  (#1DayWithoutUs)


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