The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, is a public research university located in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The university is deeply embedded in the fabric of the city, with many of the buildings in the historic Old Town belonging to the university. Edinburgh receives approximately 47,000 applications every year, making it the third most popular university in the UK by volume of applicants. Entrance is intensely competitive, with 12 applications per place in the last admissions cycle. It was the fourth university to be established in Scotland and the 6th in the United Kingdom, and is regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The university is ranked the top rated in Scotland and the 6th and 7th in Europe according to the 2011 QS and Times Higher Education Ranking Globally, the 2011 QS rankings placed the university 20th in the world. It is the only Scottish university to be a member of both the elite Russell Group, and the League of European Research Universities, a consortium of 21 of Europe's most prominent and renowned research universities.
Horses set to gain health benefits from stem cell advance
Horses suffering from neurological conditions similar to those that affect humans could be helped by a breakthrough from stem cell scientists.
Genetic chip will help salmon farmers breed better fish
Atlantic salmon production could be boosted by a new technology that will help select the best fish for breeding.
Cell division finding could boost understanding of cancer
New insights into how the cells in our bodies divide could improve our knowledge of a condition linked to cancer, a study suggests.
Island channel could power about half of Scotland, study shows
Renewable tidal energy sufficient to power about half of Scotland could be harnessed from a single stretch of water off the north coast of the country, engineers say.
Cell division discovery could offer fresh insight into cancer
New findings on how the cells in our bodies are able to renew themselves could aid our understanding of health disorders, including cancer.
Solar activity not a key cause of climate change, study shows
Climate change has not been strongly influenced by variations in heat from the sun, a new scientific study shows.
Hardworking sisters enable insect colonies to thrive
They are among the animal kingdom's most industrious workers … now a study reveals why colonies of ants and bees depend on females for their success.
Clean living is a luxury wild animals can't afford, study suggests
Domestic animals will choose to steer clear of dirt – but their wild cousins can't be so picky and may be at increased risk of disease as a result.
Synthetic speech system puts a dampener on noisy announcements
Public announcements in noisy places – such as railway stations, airports, or sports venues – could become quieter and clearer in future, thanks to new research.
Loss of African woodland may impact on climate, study shows
Deforestation in parts of Africa could be reversed with changes to land use, a study suggests.
Free market is best way to combat climate change, study suggests
The best way to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change is through the use of market forces, according to a new study.
Tweet all about it: Twitter can't replace newswires, study shows
News agencies continue to have an edge over Twitter in being first with the news, a study found.
Stem cell study could aid quest to combat range of diseases
Scientists have taken a vital step forward in understanding how cells from skin tissue can be reprogrammed to become stem cells.
Scientists made fundamental discovery about how properties of embryonic stem cells controlled
The study, which focuses on the process by which these cells renew and increase in number, could help research to find new treatments.
Study looks at why chickens overeat
The welfare of poultry could be improved by a discovery about how chickens regulate their appetites.