The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh has been a driving force for progress since its foundation in 1582. From the intellectual wellsprings of the Scottish Enlightenment to our current and leading role in making Edinburgh the data capital of Europe, the University has a rich tradition of working with policymakers at home and abroad to shape our world. From robotics to carbon innovation, global public health to synthetic biology, Brexit to community empowerment, Edinburgh researchers are building the future.

Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 83% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Edinburgh is also one of a select group of British universities to achieve outstanding results when demonstrating the impact of its research on wider society, with more than half of its research in this category has been classed as 'world leading'.. The University has extensive experience of applying this in work with all of the UK’s legislatures and governments and has unparalleled strengths in addressing policy considerations in the context of multi-layered government.

Embedded within a full-spectrum research base, Edinburgh boasts five Global academies addressing key concerns in health, development, justice, environment & society, and agriculture & food security. We are routinely ranked among the world’s top twenty universities in the world and each of the University’s three Colleges has at least one research area ranked top in the UK (REF 2014). Edinburgh research in Sociology, in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences (including geography) and in Computer Science and Informatics was rated the best in the UK, based on breadth and quality of research. Also coming top were joint submissions in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC); and in General Engineering with Heriot-Watt University.

The University of Edinburgh welcomes opportunities to support and inform the policymaking process with our research. We are regularly contacted by officials at all levels of government and can provide assistance in identifying the appropriate researchers. In the first instance, enquiries should be directed to

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Contact: Anne Sofie Laegran, Knowledge Exchange Manager

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