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Academic Degrees

Edinburgh 2013: Stuart: A Life Backwards - Fraser Ayres gives an

There is a stunning performance at the heart of this theatrical adaptation of Alexander Masters' award-winning biography. Fraser Ayres plays Stuart Shorter, a chaotic, garrulous homeless man who has spent his life fighting - abuse, muscular dystrophy, drug addiction, poverty.

Wot I learned at university

Graduation is a time for introspective leavers to take stock of all they've learned from their time at university. For James Ashford, it didn't take all that long

Is a Masters an isolating experience?

You've got more work and less structure, and most of your uni friends have moved on and away into the world of work. Is a Masters isolating, asks Harriet Williamson

The nightmare of Masters funding

It's becoming more than just a pain to pay for a postgraduate degree, says Harriet Williamson. In fact, it's downright diffcult

Disability row at Birkbeck graduation ceremony

A disabled postgraduate has refused to attend her graduation ceremony, claiming she feels her university did not give her enough consideration after it tried and failed to fully accommodate her needs.

Professor Sir Kenneth Murray: Scientist who developed the vaccine

As chairman of the Court of the University of Edinburgh between 2003 and 2006 I was in a position to know something that Sir Ken Murray – he was Ken, not Kenneth to his vast array of friends in the scientific community worldwide – and his wife, Lady Noreen, did not want generally known: that they had donated over £12m to their university. This fund accrued from the patent rights of Murray's work, which spearheaded the fight against hepatitis. Murray and his Edinburgh team found a way to identify the hepatitis B virus, which seriously damages the liver, and developed a vaccine against it. He was also a co-founder of the biotech company Biogen, which patented the vaccine.

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Behind the scenes at the AMBA Global Leadership Conference

So here I am sipping a delicious coffee at the southern most tip of Africa, surrounded by a breathtaking combination of mountains and oceans, and completely in awe at witnessing what happens when you put a number of people from all over the world around what table.

Professor Keith Clayton: Pioneering environmental scientist

In 1967 we didn't know that man-made chemicals could hole the stratospheric ozone layer. The term "global warming" had not been coined, and the link between climate change and human activities was not well-made. Some scientists thought a new ice age was approaching in the coming decades, not believing that polar and glacier ice would be melting at record rates, leading to unprecedented rates of rises in sea level.