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Edinburgh Students

As with many cities, Edinburgh University and its students are at the heart of the city and its character.

Famous names to have passed through the university include former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, author of Origin of the Species Charles Darwin, former MI5 director Stella Rimington and Dr Piers Sellers, the third Briton to go into space.

In 2011 the university celebrated the 70th anniversary of its Polish School of Medicine. The school was set up during the war to allow Polish students to finish their medical education in the city after the invasion of Poland. The school ran until 1949 and awarded more than 240 diplomas and degrees. A link with Poland remains to this day and reunions with Poland are held every five years. The Polish School of Medicine Memorial Fund provides scholarships for Polish doctors and scientists to do research in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh University has its own museums and galleries. In the Centre for Research Collections there are rare books, manuscripts, theses and historical records. The Talbot Rice gallery is open to the public and displays historical paintings and contemporary art.The university boasts the oldest purpose-built student union in the world. Teviot Row House has five bars and seven floors.

Edinburgh University was founded in 1583 and was originally called King James College.

The Edinburgh College of Art, founded in 1907, is merging with Edinburgh University in 2011. The city centre college offers courses in art, design, architecture and landscape architecture at undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree level. It has around 1,700 students.

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