Welcome to the Festival of Creative Learning, a year-long series of events exploring creative learning and innovation at the University of Edinburgh. Please explore our website and blog to learn about the Festival and our activities and resources.

Click here to explore past Festival events and to book onto events, when available, throughout the year.

EXHIBITION: Piazzi Smyth at Calton Hill

Mon 1st Apr 19 to Mon 30th Sep 19

Nelson Column, 32 Calton Hill, Edinburgh, EH7 5AA

A fascinating free new exhibition – part of a year-long series of events - opens in Edinburgh aiming to establish Charles Piazzi Smyth’s place in Edinburgh’s history.

The exhibition, housed...

Our Changing World events, 2019 - Communication inside the brain: towards a new understanding

Tue 15th Oct 19

50 George Square, lecture theatre G.03 Edinburgh EH8 9JU

15th Oct: Melanie Stefan, Lecturer

(Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences).

The human brain consists of roughly 100 billion neurons, which between them form 100 trillion connections. Those connections allow neurons to...

Our Changing World events, 2019 - Changing human behaviour: it isn't just about communication

Tue 8th Oct 19

50 George Square, lecture theatre G.03, Edinburgh EH8 9JU

8th Oct: Matt Bell, Senior Lecturer

(School of Biological Sciences)

Changing human behaviour: it isn't just about communication

Plastic straws stuck up turtles noses; arctic forests burning in the summer...

Our Changing World events, 2019 - Investigating the Impossible: Paranormal communication

Tue 1st Oct 19

50 George Square, Lecture theatre G.03, Edinburgh EH8 9JU

1st Oct: Caroline Watt, Koestler Chair of Parapsychology

(School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences)

Dreaming about unpredictable future events. Knowing who is calling before you answer the phone. Impulsively cancelling...

Thinking Outside the Tutorial [and the PALs room]

Thursday, 19 September, 2019 - 11:13

2019 Festival of Creative Learning, Engaging the Disengaged: Creative Facilitation in the Tutorial by Anita Lekova The idea for this event conceived on a blustery Scottish evening under the dim lights in the DHT underground cafe. The idea was simple: to have a space for peer leaders and tutors to connect over the material they …

Creative Writing and Archive Records

Thursday, 12 September, 2019 - 13:12

2019 Festival of Creative Learning: Creative Writing and the Archive, Finding Inspiration in Asylum Records In this week’s post Access Officer Louise shares her experience of hosting a creative writing workshop… As part of the 2019 Festival of Creative Learning, I helped run a creative writing workshop that invited students to learn about the history …

Lessons learned from the Traces of Law Symposium

Thursday, 5 September, 2019 - 15:54

2019 Festival of Creative Learning Traces of Lay Symposium and Workshop By Aura Kostiainen, a visiting PhD candidate from the University of Helsinki What happens when a lawyer or a social scientist goes to the archives? A growing number of legal scholars and social scientists, or socio-legal researchers, are becoming enthusiastic about archival research. There …

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