Excellence in education and innovation

The University of Edinburgh is ranked as one of the UK's leading research universities in the Research Excellence Framework (2014). Based on the quality and breadth of its research, Edinburgh has been rated fourth in the UK and by far the most successful university in Scotland. Its submission was one of the largest and most comprehensive in the UK.

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Edinburgh’s position as one of Britain’s leading research universities has been reaffirmed by the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). 

The REF also placed the University as Scotland’s top-ranked research institution. Of the University’s research activity, 83%  is in the highest categories - 4* and 3* - which are classified as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Veterinary, including Animal Bioscience, and Agricultural research has been ranked top in the UK with three quarters of the research and related activity has been judged to be 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

This success has been particularly useful in promoting our vision for Livestock Improvement and Animal Health, as such we have been able to proactively contribute to UK policy on delivering bioscience solutions to global challenges in the Food Security, Climate Change and Healthy Ageing sectors. 

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  • Easter Bush Campus awarded Investors in Young People Silver Award (March 2016)
  • Easter Bush Campus awarded the Community Engagement Award in the Scottish Life Sciences Award for 2015 in recognition of the valuable work carried out by both staff and students in the local communities (February 2016)
  • The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary studies become the first veterinary school to receive an Athena Swan departmental award (Bronze) that highlights excellence in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in higher education (June 2013)


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The Easter Bush Campus is the first entity within The University of Edinburgh to hold IIYP accreditation. This award at silver level recognises the commitment of Easter Bush Campus to provide opportunities and experience to local young people.

The feedback from the assessment that took place on the 21st and 22nd March 2016 highlighted a strong, positive and supportive culture on Campus, good training and development opportunities, readily available internal and external support networks, as well as approachable and supportive management.

The University of Edinburgh is proud to have been formally recognised for its commitment to promoting gender equality by attaining the prestigious Athena SWAN Silver Institution award.

The University is one of only seven Institutions in the UK, and the first in Scotland, to hold this higher level of award.

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The Roslin Institute becomes part of the UK’s new ground-breaking livestock innovation centre

Funding for the Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIELivestock) will contribute to build a Large Animal Research and Imaging Facility (LARIF) on the Easter Bush Campus.

A new company launched to maximise the commercialisation of research at Easter Bush Campus

Roslin Technologies Ltd offers one of the world’s largest investment opportunities in research projects aimed at improving animal health and increasing agricultural productivity.

A £15m initiative puts Scotland at forefront of gene-led healthcare

A major investment in gene sequencing technology will secure Scotland's place as a world leader in a genomics revolution that is set to transform healthcare.