The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s most recognised and well-respected higher education providers. With a heritage dating back to 1583, the University is associated with 19 Nobel Prize laureates, three Turing Award winners, an Abel Prize laureate and Fields Medallist, two Pulitzer Prize winners, three UK Prime Ministers and several Olympic medallists.

Our critical thinkers and thought leaders have changed and continue to shape the world we live in today. Our noted alumni include philosopher and economist, David Hume; ‘father of modern geology’, James Hutton; James Young Simpson, the first physician to demonstrate the anaesthetic properties of chloroform; Sherlock Holmes' creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; the second most successful British Olympian in history, Sir Chris Hoy, and many more well recognised and influential names.


Today, the University of Edinburgh continues to be one of the leading educational establishments in the world.

It is currently rated 16th in the world by the QS World University ranking, and ranked 18th among the world’s most international universities by The Impact Ranking, with 41% of students coming from overseas.

The Times Higher Education Overall Ranking of Institutions ranked The University of Edinburgh 4th in the UK for research power, with 83% of research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Current key themes for research include:

  • Culture & Creativity
  • This Digital Life
  • One Health
  • The Future of Health & Care
  • Futureproofing societies and the planet


The University of Edinburgh’s inspiring heritage and engaged academics play a key role in attracting leading talent to its ancient city for conferences and events. As well as developing students and providing a platform for professors, The University of Edinburgh also fosters debate, discussion and critical thinking through its hosting of conferences and academic gatherings.

Our outstanding support team collaborates with academic colleagues to deliver hugely successful conferences to raise profiles while reinforcing the school, college and university’s position as world-leading.