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.
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.
Plants that can detox waste lands will put poisons to good use
Common garden plants are to be used to clean polluted land, with the extracted poisons being used to produce car parts and aid medical research.
Scientists unveil secrets of important natural antibiotic dermcidin
An international team of scientists has discovered how an important natural antibiotic called dermcidin, produced by our skin when we sweat, is a highly efficient tool to fight tuberculosis germs and other dangerous bugs.
Key protein revealed as trigger for stem cell development
A natural trigger that enables stem cells to become any cell-type in the body has been discovered by scientists.
Bacteria's hidden skill could pave way for stem cell treatments
A discovery about the way in which bugs spread throughout the body could help to develop stem cell treatments.
Stem cell materials could boost research into key diseases
Stem cell manufacturing for drug screening and treatments for diseases such as Huntington's and Parkinson's could be boosted by a new method of generating stem cells, a study suggests.
Salmonella spreads by targeting cells in our gut, study shows
Scientists have gained fresh insights into how the salmonella bug makes us ill.
Extraverted gorillas enjoy longer lives, research suggests
An international team of researchers looked at the role of personality by studying 298 gorillas in North American zoos and sanctuaries for over 18 years.
New brain gene gives us edge over apes, study suggests
Scientists have taken a step forward in helping to solve one of life's greatest mysteries – what makes us human?
Dark matter is focus of global contest
University astronomers are inviting people around the world to help solve one of science's enduring mysteries.
Buildings key to beating earthquakes
Strong buildings in earthquake zones are by the best form of defence against tremors, University of Edinburgh expert says.
Bugs have key role in farming approach to storing CO2 emissions
Tiny microbes are at the heart of a novel agricultural technique to manage harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
Mars missions may learn from meteor Down Under
A discovery about the make-up of the atmosphere of Mars could help inform future missions searching for life there.
Wasted milk is a real drain on our resources, study shows
Milk poured down Britain's kitchen sinks each year creates a carbon footprint equivalent to thousands of car exhaust emissions, research shows.