We support innovation and co-creative work with people across the University of Edinburgh and beyond – from research centres and projects to organic networks of practitioners and creators, from living laboratories to the people and businesses we collaborate with.

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Bayes Centre

The Bayes Centre is the University of Edinburgh’s Innovation Hub for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

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BRAID (Bridging Responsible AI Divides) is dedicated to integrating Arts, Humanities and Social Science research more fully into the Responsible AI ecosystem, as well as bridging the divides between academic, industry, policy and regulatory work on responsible AI.

Business School

The School offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and executive education programmes in business and management and provides a platform for research, discussion, and debate on a wide range of business issues.

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Centre for Data, Culture & Society

The Centre for Data, Culture & Society builds capacity for and supports data-led and digital research methods within the arts, humanities and social sciences. A platform for methodological innovation, we help our community to develop projects, learn new skills and techniques, and share experiences and practices.

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Centre for Future Infrastructure

A world-class centre of excellence on infrastructure systems, CFI combines knowledge and expertise within the University’s subject areas of informatics, architecture, social and political studies and business.

Centre for Investing Innovation

The Centre for Investing Innovation is a strategic partnership between global asset management company abrdn and the University of Edinburgh. It is addressing challenges facing the investment and asset management sector, including how to improve demonstrable societal benefit.

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Centre for Open Learning

The Centre for Open Learning is part of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The centre champions pathways to education by connecting with colleagues and students across Edinburgh and beyond.

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Centre for Purpose-Driven Innovation in Banking

The Centre for Purpose-Driven Innovation in Banking combines business insights from NatWest Group (NWG) with the University’s research, data and social science expertise to co-create data-driven, novel solutions for the future of banking.

Centre for Research in Digital Education

Our research is focused on how technology, culture, learning and policy intersect within research and practice in digital education. Focused on socially responsible digital education, it covers all sectors from early years to school, higher education and lifelong learning. 

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Centre for Technomoral Futures

The Centre for Technomoral Futures focuses on the ethical implications of present and future advances in AI, machine learning and other data-driven technologies. It supports work and research in these areas across the Futures Institute, the University of Edinburgh and with a wide portfolio of partners, projects and networks.

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Childlight – Global Safety Institute

Childlight works with partners around the world to understand the prevalence, nature and scale of child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA). We will use our data to support governments and organisations in taking action to safeguard children, ensuring no child lives their life in the darkness of sexual exploitation and abuse.

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Creative Informatics

Creative Informatics brings the city’s world-class creative industries and tech sector together, utilising innovative data-driven technologies to develop ground-breaking new products, businesses and experiences.

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Data + Design Lab

The Data + Design Lab (D+DL) at the Futures Institute is a pioneering initiative that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration by offering a data-driven, design-led co-creation service.

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Data Civics Observatory

The Data Civics Observatory is about the representation of people and communities through mixed, experimental, digital methods using a range of media, platforms and data.

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Data for Children Collaborative

A specialist unit within the Edinburgh Futures Institute, aiming to address existing problems for children using innovative data science techniques. They are experts in bringing together diverse data collaborations with values of trust and transparency using safe data to improve outcomes for every child.

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Data-Driven Innovation

An innovation network helping organisations tackle challenges for industry and society by doing data right to support Edinburgh in its ambition to become the data capital of Europe.

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Digital Influence and Intelligence Lab

The Digital Influence and Intelligence Lab (DIIL) uses digital monitoring and experimental approaches to better understand digital influence and its role in politics, the economy and society.

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Easter Bush

Delivering solutions to address global challenges within livestock industries and in both veterinary and human medicine.

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Edinburgh Centre for Financial Innovations

The Edinburgh Centre for Financial Innovations, in collaboration with external stakeholders, exploits the big data and computational evolution in financial services for societal benefit. Using a unique interdisciplinary lens combining the physical and engineering sciences with the social sciences, humanities and the arts, ECFI engages in research addressing real world challenges facing society today.

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Edinburgh College of Art

The Edinburgh College of Art is a leading international art college within the University of Edinburgh. They offer a creative and supportive environment in which to study one of 80 ground-breaking programmes, or take forward research within a global institution.

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Edinburgh Earth Initiative

The Edinburgh Earth Initiative works to accelerate interdisciplinary research, partnerships, teaching, and innovation for the climate and environmental emergency across the University of Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh Innovations

Edinburgh Innovations is the University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation service.

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Edinburgh International Data Facility

Bringing together regional, national and international datasets to create new products, services, and research.

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Edinburgh Medical School

Formally established in 1726, Edinburgh Medical School is one of two schools at the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine , the other being the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

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Mathematics for Humanity

The Mathematics for Humanity project is an initiative by the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS). The project supports the efforts of mathematical scientists to work for the betterment of humanity by facilitating the delivery of projects that engage with the challenges of accessible education, knowledge-driven activism, and transformative scholarship.

Moray House School of Education and Sport

Moray House School of Education and Sport has been making a major contribution and impact to the fields of education and sport both in Scotland and worldwide for almost 200 years. They are one of the leading centres for research, impact and teaching in Education and Sport both locally and globally.

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National Robotarium

A world-leading centre for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, creating innovative solutions to global challenges.

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Public Services Innovation Lab

The Lab brings together academics, practitioners, community members and other stakeholders from across the public service system. It is a place and an opportunity to explore challenge-led issues identified by those close to them. 

Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is a one-of-a-kind centre of excellence in clinical activity, teaching and research. They represent the largest concentration of animal science related expertise in Europe, impacting local, regional, national and international communities.

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School of Biological Sciences

The School of Biological Sciences is at the leading edge in teaching, research and innovation. Independent rankings such as the Times Higher Education consistently place the school amongst the top 25 universities in the world for biological sciences.

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School of Chemistry

The School of Chemistry offers a globally connected teaching community, enriched by incoming students from around the world.

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School of Divinity

The School of Divinity is one of the largest centres for the teaching and research of theology and religious studies in the UK. The School is also ranked in the world’s top 20 universities for Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023).

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School of Economics

The School of Economics offers excellent teaching and have an outstanding reputation in undergraduate and postgraduate education through their range of world class undergraduate, MSc and PhD programmes.

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School of Engineering

The School of Engineering is at the forefront in using academic underpinning research to tackle real-world problems. The School is one of the most industrially-engaged within the University, with graduates providing a higher-than-average economic impact when they enter the workplace.

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School of GeoSciences

The School of Geosciences is one of the largest and most successful interdisciplinary groupings of geographers and geoscientists in the UK, with a community of staff, students and researchers passionately committed to understanding the impact of climate on the Earth’s systems, the environment and ecosystems.

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School of Health in Social Science

The School of Health in Social Science seeks to foster an environment of inclusivity that recognises the dignity and value of everyone. We seek to strengthen our common humanity by respecting our multiplicity of identities.

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School of History, Classics and Archaeology

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh is one of the great world centres for the study of the human past. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, the School’s subjects were in the top five in the UK for breadth and quality of research (THE Research Power rank).

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School of Informatics

The School of Informatics at Edinburgh has the leading research position in the UK and is recognised internationally for excellence of its research outputs, education and knowledge exchange.

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School of Law

For more than 300 years, Edinburgh Law School has been rooted in the open and interdisciplinary traditions of Scots law. We are a fully comprehensive law school that effects civic change both locally and globally.

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School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) offers one of the widest range of languages of any UK university, from Chinese to Scottish Gaelic. They teach all six official languages of the United Nations, and eight of the languages of the European Union.

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School of Mathematics

The School of Mathematics is one of the world’s leading mathematical sciences departments, home to internationally excellent researchers and to an innovative educational environment for both undergraduates and postgraduates.

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School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

The School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh is home to a scholarly community producing world-leading research across the fields of philosophy, psychology, linguistics, and English language.

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School of Physics and Astronomy

The current School of Physics & Astronomy was formed in 1993 by the merger of the Department of Physics (called the Department of Natural Philosophy until the late 1960s) and the Department of Astronomy. The School has about 260 members of staff, of whom around 80 are academic teaching staff.

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School of Social and Political Science

The School of Social and Political Science is one of the leading schools of social science in the UK. They provide an outstanding educational environment for their students and support the highest-quality research, tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges.

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Scottish Prevention Hub

A collaboration between EFI, Police Scotland and Public Health Scotland. The focus is on embedding a public health approach to prevention and wellbeing across Scotland.

Smart Data Foundry

We bring together Financial Services organisations, Regulators, Fintechs, Academics and Government with a common goal – to use data in a safe way people can trust to inspire new innovation and deliver economic, social and environmental benefits for everyone.​

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The Binks Hub

The Binks Hub works together with communities to think, create, and research. Using art, crafts, and other creative activities, we investigate how to tackle the issues that matter most to people, driving real-world, positive change.

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The New Real

Established 2019, The New Real is a unique hub for AI, creativity and futures research. It is a partnership between the University of Edinburgh, Alan Turing Institute, and Edinburgh’s Festivals.

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Traveltech for Scotland

Bringing together a growing community of over 200 traveltech organisations with the tourism and hospitality sector to help Scotland’s economy sustainably recover, rebuild and thrive.

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Usher Institute

Transforming health in society by working with people, populations and data.

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