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Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top universities. It is globally recognised for its research, development and high-quality teaching, attracting some of the world’s leading thinkers to work and study. The University is one of the UK’s top five universities for research and its academics’ research achievements have global implications. Its scientists created Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be genetically cloned from an adult cell. The University developed the first genetically engineered hepatitis B vaccine, pioneered the first automated industrial assembly robot, and devised technology used in today’s smartphones. It is working towards many more historic firsts. With one of the most diverse populations of any Scottish University, two thirds of the world’s nationalities are represented in a student body of more than 31,000

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Africa accounts for 12.5% of the world’s population, but produces less than 1% of global research output. Shutterstock

Africa needs to speed up research excellence: here’s how

The creation of a Research Excellence Barometer for Africa would contribute to retaining talent and expertise and ensure that Africans benefited from their own research efforts.
Two men discover a dead body in the street during the Great Plague of London. 19th-century wood engraving. Herbert Railton/Wellcome Collection

From the great plague to the 1918 flu, history shows that disease outbreaks make inequality worse

Accounts of previous epidemics – by Samuel Pepys, Daniel Defoe and Katherine Porter – warn of mistakes that we risk repeating.
What employees and employers want to retain from home working post-COVID may not always be compatible. Jacob Lund/Shutterstock

Why we need to hear more voices on what work should look like post-COVID

What we want from our working environment in future needs to be explored now so that the needs of employees and employers are equally and fairly considered.

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