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2019

Former senior civil servant Philip Rycroft appointed to the University of Edinburgh and Centre on Constitutional Change

Philip Rycroft – who, until his recent retirement, was one of the UK’s most senior civil servants in Whitehall and a central figure in Brexit preparations – has been appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh, and Associate Fellow of the Centre on Constitutional Change (CCC). [08 Sep 2019]

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An Anthropology of Weddings: 5 Places, 50 Objects exhibition at Central Library

School of Social and Political Science researchers are hosting an exhibition exploring weddings in cultures across the world, at Edinburgh's Central Library throughout September. [30 Aug 2019]

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SPS Politics Professor elected to British Academy

Professor Christina Boswell has been announced as a fellow of the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences. [22 Jul 2019]

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New global network launched to improve health outcomes for refugees

The University of Edinburgh has spearheaded and is now, jointly with the University of the West of Scotland, leading a new international project to tackle the threat of serious healthcare problems among refugee populations. [09 Jul 2019]

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Professor Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o receives Degree of Doctor of Letters

World-renowned Kenyan writer and academic Professor Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters at the University of Edinburgh Graduation on 8 July 2019. [09 Jul 2019]

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School of Social and Political Science (SPS) hosts European Conference on African Studies

The Centre of African Studies at SPS hosted Europe’s largest conference on African Studies, with 1,500 experts, policymakers, leaders and artists from across the world taking part in academic and cultural events. [24 Jun 2019]

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Professor Nicola McEwen announced as Senior Fellow for UK in a Changing Europe

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has announced the University of Edinburgh’s Professor Nicola McEwen as one of nine new Senior Fellows for the UK in a Changing Europe (UKICE) project. [19 Jun 2019]

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Professor John Peterson

The School of Social and Political Science and the University of Edinburgh are greatly saddened by the death of Professor John Peterson at the weekend. [14 May 2019]

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Global Politics of Sex and Gender course honoured for innovative teaching

The SPS course Global Politics of Sex and Gender has won a top UK award for innovation in political teaching. [25 Apr 2019]

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Students celebrate epic quiz show success

Edinburgh has won the popular television quiz show University Challenge for the first time. One of the team members, Marco Malusa, is an Economics and Politics student. [23 Apr 2019]

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SPS PhD students move into new George Square home this week

The School of Social and Political Science PhD community starts moving into its new home at 27-28 George Square this week, now that extensive renovation of the two five-storey Georgian townhouses is complete. [13 Mar 2019]

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Scotland's workforce may reduce under UK immigration proposals, says expert group chaired by SPS professor

The UK Government’s immigration plans could reduce the number of workers in Scotland by up to five per cent over the next two decades, found an expert panel chaired by Professor Christina Boswell. [28 Feb 2019]

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Hebrides fishing doc nets top Gaelic-language film award

A documentary about the Outer Hebrides fishing industry made by the University of Edinburgh's Dr Magnus Course won a top prize at the FilmG Awards, which honour the year’s best Gaelic-language films. [12 Feb 2019]

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Financial Times focuses on high-frequency trading research by Professor Donald Mackenzie

Research by the School of Social and Political Science’s Professor Donald MacKenzie into the escalating speed of high-frequency financial trading features in the Financial Times online this week. [22 Feb 2019]

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Private-foundation funding is inadvertently changing the international journalism it supports

Journalists change the ways they understand, value and carry out their work when supported by organisations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation. This is according to new research by the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science and partners. [17 Jan 2019]

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PhD student’s essay the year’s best in ethics and social welfare

School of Social and Political Science (SPS) Social Policy PhD student Ashlee Christoffersen has started 2019 in style by winning a national award for the best postgraduate student essay related to ethics and social welfare. [17 Jan 2019]

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New study on law enforcement against high-level corruption in Africa

Researchers from the School of Social and Political Science (SPS) will carry out the first systematic and comparative study of law enforcement efforts to tackle high-level corruption in Africa. [03 Jan 2019]

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