University of Edinburgh  

The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, is the sixth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's ancient universities. The university is deeply embedded in the fabric of the city, with many of the buildings in the historic Old Town belonging to the University.

Building on its role in transforming Edinburgh into the home of the Enlightenment, the University of Edinburgh maintains its world-leading status today. The University of Edinburgh is ranked 17th in world in 2013 by QS, and is ranked 11th in the world for Humanities and Arts by Times Higher Education.

As a great civic University, Edinburgh especially values its intellectual and economic relationship with the Scottish community that forms its base and provides the foundation from which it will continue to look to the widest international horizons, enriching both itself and Scotland.

A member of the elite Russell Group, the University’s position as one of the world’s leading research universities is reaffirmed by the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results, with Edinburgh ranked 4th overall in the UK and top in Scotland by volume of ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ (4*/3*) research.

The University’s engagement with industry is significant and in addition to technology licensing, commercially-funded research and patent activities, Edinburgh actively supports knowledge exchange and the creation of start-up companies.

The University's academic disciplines are structured into 22 Schools in three Colleges: Arts, Humanities and Social Science, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and Science and Engineering. The College structure underpins a broad range of courses with students able to choose their studies from more than 300 degree programmes. The University's operations are spread throughout the city in an estate ranging from some of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh to modern, purpose built and highly specialised facilities.

Why Work For University of Edinburgh

Those that study and work for the university have been pushing boundaries and disrupting industries for centruies. They have been pivitol in a virtually every sector from space exloration and uncovering the secrets of the universe to the surgical tables of the finest medical institutions and revolutionising day to day life through the internet of things.

To continue to scale the heights and achieve their lofty ambitions it is vital they recruit the very best people across a host of roles.

So whether you have ambitions to work in research or you want to join this inspiring insitition in a professional support capacity you will receive fantastic support to develop yourself be encouraged to become all you can be.   

University Structure

The univeristy currently employs over 12,000 staff in a variety of academic and support roles. They have a competitive pay and benefits structure that rewards the talents and effort of its employees as well as a very strong comittment to learning and development. The university is also committed to promoting equality and diversity to everyone who works or studies with the university. 

University of Edinburgh


Edinburgh is a centre of learning, culture and innovation. Since 1999 it has been the seat of the devolved Scottish Government. It is a compact city of around half a million people, containing a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is regularly praised for its quality of life and for being one of the best places to live in the United Kingdom.

The city centre is dominated by the dramatic parkland around Arthur’s Seat and the iconic castle rock and is strewn with exceptional Medieval, Georgian and Victorian architecture.

Edinburgh is host to a range of businesses from SME to global blue chip organisations across a range of sectors including life sciences, technology, tourism and financial services.

The city hosts major festivals and offers a remarkable range of theatres, cinemas, museums, galleries and restaurants among all the other facilities of a vibrant capital city.

Edinburgh is surrounded by beautiful country- side, coastline and many attractive small towns and villages in the Lothians, Borders and Fife. Many of Scotland’s other cities and attractions are only an hour or two away.

One of the most appealing things about Edinburgh is that almost everything is within walking distance, although the city has an excellent bus network and is well connected by road, rail and air. There are direct air connections to most European countries and good services to the major hubs.

Finance at The University

Finance & Accounting at the University is under-going a major transformation from a technology and structure point of view with a view to making finance a truly value-add function. The various finance departments are strong Business Partners who provide an internal and external service that supports key strategic objectives.

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