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Edinburgh Law School Alumni Newsletter - Spring 2014

Tue 1 April 2014

Alumni newsletter spring 2014 cover

Features: Chinese Warriors light up Old College | Introducing Edinburgh Law Connections | Inspiring Women, Inspiring Change - Celebrating International Women's Day

Welcome from the Head of School

This is an exciting year for Edinburgh Law School. It marks the 25th anniversary of the LLM which from modest beginnings in the 1980s now attracts in excess of 200 postgraduate students annually from 50 different countries. We are delighted to celebrate with the launch of three new LLM programmes in the 2014/15 academic year – in International Banking Law and Finance, in Human Rights and in Medical Law and Ethics. Our current postgraduate students are also reaching out to our postgraduate Alumni with the launch of Edinburgh Law Connections (ELC), more of which you can read about in this newsletter. If our curriculum has expanded over the last 25 years so too has our research profile. The real-world impact of some of our most recent research ranges from influencing government policy, to enhancements to civil and criminal justice practice, to development of policy and practice on health-related research. I am really delighted by the news of Graeme Laurie’s £1-million Wellcome Trust research grant, which you can also read about here. Finally, 2014 is also the 225th anniversary of the laying of the Foundation Stone of Old College (more details of our celebrations of this remarkable event will follow in our next issue). It is fitting that at such an important point in our building’s history we have commissioned an ambitious redevelopment of the Law School at Old College. I do hope you are able to join us for our event at Old College on Thursday 12th June when the architects will present the plans. Again, all details are in this newsletter. I’m very much looking forward to seeing you then.

With all good wishes,
Professor Lesley McAra
Head of School

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