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The University of Aberdeen is today at the forefront of teaching, learning and discovery, as it has been since its founding in the year 1495. This ambitious, research-intensive university attracts outstanding academics from the world’s most prestigious centres of learning, and a multinational student community taking advantage of courses, facilities, opportunities, and a unique student experience designed for the needs of the twenty-first century.

Through over 500 years the University of Aberdeen has developed a strong national and international reputation for its academic strength. Aberdeen academics and alumni have pioneered many developments in medicine, science, social sciences and humanities. Five Nobel Laureates are associated with the University.

The University’s research profile is grounded on a broad-based platform across a wide range of disciplines. The aim is to make a difference to both the world of knowledge and knowledge of the world. In all research areas, the University engages with policy, industry and public audiences to encourage and inform public debate, and stimulate interdisciplinary, joined-up action to address the big issues and questions facing today’s global community.

Aberdeen is named among the top 100 higher education institutions in the world for scientific performance in the 2013 Leiden rankings of 500 top universities.

The University has identified four priority interdisciplinary research themes: Energy, Environment and Food Security, Pathways to a Healthy Life, and The North. All build on areas of current research excellence, and bring together academics in different specialties to contribute their own perspective and expertise to a topical world problem.

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Today’s maps boast incredible detail and accuracy - but Smith’s were pretty good. Ordnance Survey

Two centuries of map-making – from William Smith’s survey to satellites

This year marks the 200th anniversary since William Smith published his life’s work, a geological map of England and Wales, in 1815. While “Strata Smith” and his map are well-known among geologists, this…
If Campi Flegrei ever goes off, you won’t want to be in Naples - or Europe! Emanuele Nicastro

The very useful art of assessing a supervolcano without making it erupt

Ever heard of Campi Flegrei? It is a supervolcano in southern Italy. Literally translating as “fields of fire,” only the Yellowstone caldera in the United States has more potential to devastate. The Naples…
Odds are they won’t be so happy after Yuletide. Taiga/Shutterstock

January divorce rush dates back to the Middle Ages

January is a strain for most people. It’s dark and the festive lights don’t disguise this anymore. You’re back at work and the next holiday may be some way off. You’ve just had to spend a large amount…
Obama announces the biggest Cuba policy shift in 50 years. EPA/Doug Mills

After a tense 50 years, Obama and Castro announce US-Cuba thaw

In the United States and Cuba’s strained relationship over the past 50-odd years, certain key flashpoints stand out: the Bay of Pigs incident, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and many more. December 17 2014…
Petr Pavlensky, ‘Segregation’. Performance in Moscow, October 19 2014. Courtesy of the artist

Chopped earlobes and the long history of political shock art in Russia

On October 19, Russian artist Petr Pavlensky sat on a wall outside a mental institution in Moscow and cut off his earlobe. He did so in protest of the continued use of psychiatric treatment on dissidents…
Oil sales before human rights? EPA/Sashenka Gutierrez

Business as usual in Mexico despite 43 murdered students

The killing of 43 student teachers in Mexico has alerted the world to the country’s deteriorating human rights record. While the US and EU governments have expressed concern, others – including the UK…
Can cause behavioural problems in children later on. Injection by Shutterstock

How taking drugs while pregnant harms unborn babies

Women smoking while pregnant has been an uncomfortable reality for decades. Whatever the reason – whether a lack of concern about the risk, belief it’s too hard to quit or even reports that a resultant…
Is anything less acceptable? LIVING WAGE

The living wage may cut poverty, but not by very much

In the UK, according to the Living Wage Foundation, some 1,000 firms have pledged to offer a living wage, including household names like RBS, ITV and SSE. Earlier this week the annual rate increase was…
Don’t confuse happy individuals with happy societies. Minerva Studio

Beyond GDP: happiness is about more than just individuals

Many readers of this piece will be aware that economists are rethinking the role of happiness and GDP. They question facile assumptions about economic growth alone being good for us. What’s the good of…
How many continents can you count on one hand? Chones

Continents may not have been created in the way we thought

From the 1950s until recently, we thought we had a clear idea of how continents form. Most people will have heard of plate tectonics: moving pieces on the surface of the planet that collide, pull away…

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