Peter Mathieson (nephrologist)
Peter William Mathieson is an English nephrologist and current vice-chancellor and president of the University of Hong Kong. He announced his resignation at 6 PM,2 February 2017, Peter Mathieson went to school in Cornwall, qualified in medicine with honours from London Hospital Medical College in 1983. After junior posts in and around the West End of London, he went to Cambridge as an MRC training fellow, Mathieson was elected fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1999. In 2007 he was elected as the youngest ever president of the Renal Association and he was appointed as director of research & development for the North Bristol NHS Trust. Between 2003 and 2007 he chaired the Research Grants Committee of Kidney Research UK and he was a member of the Renal Association Clinical Trials committee from 1996 to 2007 and its chairman between 2000 and 2003. In 2008 Peter was appointed dean of the Faculty of Medicine, mathiesons major clinical interest is in autoimmune renal diseases, such as glomerulonephritis, systemic vasculitis, systemic lupus erythematosus.
The work of the group has attracted major research grant funding of about £5 million from sources including Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust, eminent surgeon Lo Chung-mau leaked confidential discussions of the search committee, and criticised Mathieson as ignorant and heartless. Mathieson was the 11th non-Chinese vice-chancellor in the history of the university, on 2 February 2017, it was announced that he will become Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh in late-2017/early-2018
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
David Argyle FRSE has been head of the school since 1 November 2011. In 2015, QS World University Rankings ranked the veterinary school 9th in the world for veterinary medicine and it is known for the cloning of Dolly the sheep which took place in 1996 at the Roslin Institute by Sir Ian Wilmut FRSE. The first regular classes at the school were begun in November 1823 and that first session of regular classes was financed by student fees and a grant from the Highland Society of Scotland at Edinburgh, of which John Barclay was a director. Mary Dick, Williams elder sister, was reputed to have been instrumental, from the early days, although an autonomous institution, the students attended the lectures in medicine at the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. William lived adjacent at 15 Clyde Street and this was the base for the school until it moved to its next site at Summerhall in 1916. In 1839, his school became a College and William Dick was given the title Professor.
By the time of Dicks death in 1866, the over 2000 students he had taught were to be throughout the world. Among them were the founders of veterinary schools in Australia, Ireland, upon his death, Dick bequeathed his College in trust to the Burgh Council of Edinburgh. Williams had taken with him the majority of the students, the Royal Veterinary College was incorporated by Act of Parliament in 1906. Orlando Charnock Bradley was Principal of the Dick Vet when it moved in 1916 to the side of Edinburgh, to another purpose-designed building. In 1951 the college was reconstituted as The Royal School of Veterinary Studies, a part of the University of Edinburgh. In 2009, Scottish Television filmed a documentary at the Royal School of Veterinary Studies. STV filmed a documentary in 2010. Since 2013, Summerhall is now an international art museum. In 2011, the Summerhall site was vacated and the staff, for the first time since 1962 all the veterinary facilities, together with The Roslin Institute, were consolidated on one campus.
The facultys undergraduate degree in Veterinary Medicine is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK, in September 2013, the National Avian Research Facility was opened on the Easter Bush campus. Recent projects have included investing in the Clinical Skills Lab at the Dick Vet School, providing students with animal alternatives on which to practice, including a new equine colic simulator. They have developed a new online Masters programme in International Animal Welfare and Law which joins the on-campus Masters in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare
Anne, Princess Royal
Anne, Princess Royal, KG KT GCVO GCStJ QSO GCL CD is the second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. At the time of her birth, she was third in the line of succession, behind her mother – Princess Elizabeth – and elder brother and she rose to second after her mothers accession, but is currently 12th in line. Anne is known for her work, and is patron of over 200 organisations. Princess Anne has held the title of Princess Royal since 1987 and is its seventh holder, Anne was married to Captain Mark Phillips in 1973, they divorced in 1992. They have two children and three grandchildren, in 1992, within months of her divorce, Anne married Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, whom she had met while he served as her mothers equerry between 1986 and 1989. Anne was born at Clarence House on 15 August 1950 at 11,50 am, as the child and only daughter of Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh. She was the grandchild of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Anne was baptised in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace on 21 October 1950, by Archbishop of York, after the death of George VI, Annes mother ascended the throne as Queen Elizabeth II.
Given her young age at the time, she did not attend the coronation, the Company was active until 1963, when Anne went to boarding school. Anne enrolled at Benenden School in 1963, in 1968 she left school with six GCE O-Levels and two A-Levels. In the next couple of years, Anne started dating, in 1970 her first boyfriend was Andrew Parker Bowles, who became the first husband of Camilla Shand. Following the wedding and her husband lived at Gatcombe Park and he was made acting captain by the start of 1974 when he was appointed a personal aide-de-camp to Queen Elizabeth II. By 1989, Princess Anne and Mark Phillips announced their intention to separate, the couple divorced on 23 April 1992. The Queen had offered Phillips an earldom on his wedding day, the couple had two children, Peter Phillips and Zara Phillips. As female-line descendants of royalty, the children have no title despite being the grandchildren of a monarch, Anne became a grandmother on 29 December 2010 when Peter and his wife Autumn had a daughter, Savannah.
On 29 March 2012, the couple had daughter, Isla. Annes third granddaughter, Mia Grace, was born on 17 January 2014 to Zara and her husband Mike Tindall. As Princess Anne and Mark Phillips were returning to Buckingham Palace on 20 March 1974, from a charity event on Pall Mall, the driver of the Escort, Ian Ball, jumped out and began firing a pistol
Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. It shares a border with England to the south, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east. In addition to the mainland, the country is made up of more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles, the Kingdom of Scotland emerged as an independent sovereign state in the Early Middle Ages and continued to exist until 1707. By inheritance in 1603, James VI, King of Scots, became King of England and King of Ireland, Scotland subsequently entered into a political union with the Kingdom of England on 1 May 1707 to create the new Kingdom of Great Britain. The union created a new Parliament of Great Britain, which succeeded both the Parliament of Scotland and the Parliament of England. Within Scotland, the monarchy of the United Kingdom has continued to use a variety of styles, the legal system within Scotland has remained separate from those of England and Wales and Northern Ireland, Scotland constitutes a distinct jurisdiction in both public and private law.
Glasgow, Scotlands largest city, was one of the worlds leading industrial cities. Other major urban areas are Aberdeen and Dundee, Scottish waters consist of a large sector of the North Atlantic and the North Sea, containing the largest oil reserves in the European Union. This has given Aberdeen, the third-largest city in Scotland, the title of Europes oil capital, following a referendum in 1997, a Scottish Parliament was re-established, in the form of a devolved unicameral legislature comprising 129 members, having authority over many areas of domestic policy. Scotland is represented in the UK Parliament by 59 MPs and in the European Parliament by 6 MEPs, Scotland is a member nation of the British–Irish Council, and the British–Irish Parliamentary Assembly. Scotland comes from Scoti, the Latin name for the Gaels, the Late Latin word Scotia was initially used to refer to Ireland. By the 11th century at the latest, Scotia was being used to refer to Scotland north of the River Forth, alongside Albania or Albany, the use of the words Scots and Scotland to encompass all of what is now Scotland became common in the Late Middle Ages.
Repeated glaciations, which covered the land mass of modern Scotland. It is believed the first post-glacial groups of hunter-gatherers arrived in Scotland around 12,800 years ago, the groups of settlers began building the first known permanent houses on Scottish soil around 9,500 years ago, and the first villages around 6,000 years ago. The well-preserved village of Skara Brae on the mainland of Orkney dates from this period and it contains the remains of an early Bronze Age ruler laid out on white quartz pebbles and birch bark. It was discovered for the first time that early Bronze Age people placed flowers in their graves, in the winter of 1850, a severe storm hit Scotland, causing widespread damage and over 200 deaths. In the Bay of Skaill, the storm stripped the earth from a large irregular knoll, when the storm cleared, local villagers found the outline of a village, consisting of a number of small houses without roofs. William Watt of Skaill, the laird, began an amateur excavation of the site, but after uncovering four houses
University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582, is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotlands ancient universities. The university is deeply embedded in the fabric of the city of Edinburgh, the University of Edinburgh was ranked 17th and 21st in the world by the 2014–15 and 2015-16 QS rankings. It is now ranked 19th in the according to 2016-17 QS Rankings. It is ranked 16th in the world in arts and humanities by the 2015–16 Times Higher Education Ranking and it is ranked the 23rd most employable university in the world by the 2015 Global Employability University Ranking. It is ranked as the 6th best university in Europe by the U. S. News Best Global Universities Ranking and it is a member of both the Russell Group, and the League of European Research Universities, a consortium of 21 research universities in Europe. It has the third largest endowment of any university in the United Kingdom, after the universities of Cambridge and it continues to have links to the British Royal Family, having had the Duke of Edinburgh as its Chancellor from 1953 to 2010 and Princess Anne since 2011.
Edinburgh receives approximately 50,000 applications every year, making it the fourth most popular university in the UK by volume of applicants, after St Andrews, it is the most difficult university to gain admission into in Scotland, and 9th overall in the UK. This was a move at the time, as most universities were established through Papal bulls. Established as the Tounis College, it opened its doors to students in October 1583, instruction began under the charge of another St Andrews graduate Robert Rollock. It was the fourth Scottish university in a period when the more populous. It was renamed King Jamess College in 1617, by the 18th century, the university was a leading centre of the Scottish Enlightenment. The universitys first custom-built building was the Old College, now Edinburgh Law School and its first forte in teaching was anatomy and the developing science of surgery, from which it expanded into many other subjects. From the basement of a nearby house ran the anatomy tunnel corridor and it went under what was North College Street, and under the university buildings until it reached the universitys anatomy lecture theatre, delivering bodies for dissection.
It was from this tunnel the body of William Burke was taken after he had been hanged, towards the end of the 19th century, Old College was becoming overcrowded and Robert Rowand Anderson was commissioned to design new Medical School premises in 1875. The medical school was more or less built to his design and was completed by the addition of the McEwan Hall in the 1880s. The building now known as New College was originally built as a Free Church college in the 1840s and has been the home of divinity at the university since the 1920s. The two oldest schools – law and divinity – are both well-esteemed, with law being based in Old College and divinity in New College on the Mound and they are represented by the Edinburgh University Sports Union which was founded in 1866. The medical school is renowned throughout the world and it was widely considered the best medical school in the English-speaking world throughout the 18th century and first half of the 19th century
Robert Adam FRSE FRS FSA FSA FRSA was a British neoclassical architect, interior designer and furniture designer. He was the son of William Adam, Scotlands foremost architect of the time, with his older brother John, Robert took on the family business, which included lucrative work for the Board of Ordnance, after Williams death. In 1754, he left for Rome, spending five years on the continent studying architecture under Charles-Louis Clérisseau. On his return to Britain he established a practice in London, here he developed the Adam Style, and his theory of movement in architecture, based on his studies of antiquity and became one of the most successful and fashionable architects in the country. Adam held the post of Architect of the Kings Works from 1761 to 1769, Robert Adam was a leader of the first phase of the classical revival in England and Scotland from around 1760 until his death. He influenced the development of Western architecture, both in Europe and in North America, Adam designed interiors and fittings as well as houses.
He served as the member of Parliament for Kinross-shire from 1768 to 1774, Adam was born on 3 July 1728 at Gladney House in Kirkcaldy, although the family moved to Edinburgh that same year. As a child he was noted as having a feeble constitution, in autumn 1743 he matriculated at Edinburgh University, and compulsory classes for all students were, the Greek language, logic and Natural philosophy. Students could choose three subjects, Adam attended classes in mathematics, taught by Colin Maclaurin, and anatomy. His studies were interrupted by the arrival of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Highlanders, at the end of the year, Robert fell seriously ill for some months, and it seems unlikely that he returned to university, having completed only two years of study. On his recovery from illness in 1746, he joined his elder brother John as apprentice to his father and he assisted William Adam on projects such as the building of Inveraray Castle and the continuing extensions of Hopetoun House. Williams position as Master Mason to the Board of Ordnance began to generate much work, William Adam died in June 1748, and left Dowhill, a part of the Blair Adam estate which included a tower house, to Robert.
On William Adams death, John Adam inherited both the business and the position of Master Mason to the Board of Ordnance. He immediately took Robert into partnership, to be joined by James Adam, the Adam Brothers first major commission was the decoration of the grand state apartments on the first floor at Hopetoun House, followed by their first new build at Dumfries House. For the Board of Ordnance, the brothers were the contractor at Fort George. In the winter of 1749–1750, Adam travelled to London with his friend and he took the opportunity for architectural study, visiting Wilton, designed by Inigo Jones, and the Queens Hermitage in Richmond by Roger Morris. His sketchbook of the trip shows an continuing interest in gothic architecture. Among his friends at Edinburgh were the philosophers Adam Ferguson and David Hume, other Edinburgh acquaintances included Gilbert Elliot, William Wilkie, John Home and Alexander Wedderburn
New College, Edinburgh
There are now nearly 40 full-time members of the academic staff, and they include internationally respected scholars in various specialities. New College was established as an institution to educate ministers and the Scottish leadership. New College opened its doors to 168 students in November 1843 and, under the guidance of its first principal Thomas Chalmers, during the 1930s the two institutions came together, sharing the New College site on The Mound. The current principal is the Reverend Professor David Fergusson, OBE, members of academic staff are all employees of the University of Edinburgh, and are today an international body of scholars of various persuasions in religious matters. New College is rated among the best schools of theology, philosophical theology, the college is regularly among the top five theology and religious studies departments in national newspaper league tables. The School of Divinity offers six different undergraduate degrees, the MA Theology allows students to focus on traditional areas of Christian studies.
The Bachelor of Divinity prepares candidates for the ministry, the MA Religious Studies and English/Scottish Literature, the MA Philosophy and Theology, and the MA Divinity and Classics allow students to work cross-disciplinary. The School offers several M. Th. degree programmes, there is no confessional test for staff or students. Only a portion of the students are ministerial candidates. New College is home to research centres, the Centre for the Study of World Christianity, the Centre for Theology and Public Issues. New College is located in the city centre on Mound Place, overlooking Princes Street Gardens, the National Gallery of Art, the neo-gothic building was designed by the respected 19th century architect William Henry Playfair. The New College library was founded in 1843 as the Library of the Free Church College, the library is situated in the eastern wing of New College, and its splendid reading hall was originally built as the sanctuary of the Free High Kirk. Rainy Hall is a gothic revival dining hall, adorned with heraldry and it is at the centre of college life, used by students and faculty for conversation and meals.
New College, Edinburgh, A Centenary History, David F. Badcock, Gary D. eds. The Disruption and the Dream, The Making of New College 1843–1861, Disruption to Diversity, Edinburgh Divinity 1846-1996
Edinburgh University Library
Edinburgh University Library is one of the most important libraries of Scotland. The University Library was moved in 1827 to William Playfairs Upper Library in the Old College building, the collections in Edinburgh University Old College were moved in 1967 to the purpose-built eight-storey Main Library building at George Square. Today, Edinburghs university-wide library system holds over 3. 8m books, e-books, the University was founded by Royal Charter from King James VI in 1582 and opened in 1583, but the library pre-dated this by three years. The initial collection was a bequest of 276 theological books from Clement Littill, the Special Collections Department has about 200,000 items in all branches of knowledge. There are 1,200 incunabula, about 9,000 printed books from 16th century,35,000 from the 17th and 18th centuries, an important part of this collection is German Reformation tracts. Among the many collections of the library are two which were formerly in the possession of the 19th-century Shakespearian scholar James Halliwell-Phillipps.
The first collection was acquired by the library between 1872 and 1889, including a Shakespearian collection, the second collection was acquired in 1964 by purchase from Sothebys. The Main Library is situated on the south west corner of George Square, opened in 1967, the eight storey building was designed by Sir Basil Spence. The horizontal library exterior is designed to look like a bookcase. Upon opening, it was the largest university library in the UK, glasgow Universitys similar,12 storey, brutalist library was opened the following year. The current Librarian to the University of Edinburgh is Gavin McLachlan, the current Director of Library and University Collections is Jeremy Upton. University of Edinburgh Finlayson, Charles P. Clement Littill and his Library, the origins of Edinburgh University Library
Robert Rowand Anderson
Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, FRSE RSA was a Scottish Victorian architect. Anderson trained in the office of George Gilbert Scott in London before setting up his own practice in Edinburgh in 1860, during the 1860s his main work was small churches in the First Pointed style that is characteristic of Scotts former assistants. By 1880 his practice was designing some of the most prestigious public, Anderson was born at Liberton, outside Edinburgh, the third child of James Anderson, a solicitor, and Margaret Rowand. Educated at George Watsons College, he began an apprenticeship in 1845. He began to study architecture in 1849, attending classes at the Trustees Drawing Academy, in 1857 he took a two-year post as an assistant to George Gilbert Scott, in his office at Trafalgar Square, London. Here he worked alongside many influential architects and he spent time travelling and studying in France and Italy, working briefly for Pierre Cuypers in Roermond, Netherlands. In 1860 Anderson returned to Edinburgh, and began working as an architect with the Royal Engineers, undertaking works on coastal defences, all of these were carried out alongside his work for the Royal Engineers, and show the influence of Scotts church designs.
Anderson set up his own independent practice in 1868 and his first significant commission came in 1871, for the restoration of St Vigeans Parish Church, Angus. He went on to win the competition to design the Catholic Apostolic Church in Edinburgh, Anderson joined the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, where he met future clients including the Marquis of Bute. In 1873 a short-lived partnership with David Bryce began, but was dissolved only a few months later, in 1874 he was invited to submit designs for a competition for the University of Edinburgh Medical Faculty and graduation hall. He undertook further tours to Europe, resulting in the winning Italian Renaissance style design which was finalised in 1877. The design secured Andersons election to the Royal Scottish Academy, although the Medical School was not completed until 1886, and his next major commission came soon after, in 1876, when he was appointed as architect for Glasgow Central Station. In 1878 Anderson designed a new Mount Stuart House in an Italian Gothic style for the 3rd Marquess of Bute, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery was designed in a similar style, and executed in red sandstone.
However, Browne left in 1885, and Hew Wardrop died in 1887 at Udny Castle, notable architects employed within the Anderson practice included Robert Weir Schultz, Robert Lorimer, Sydney Mitchell, and James Jerdan. During the 1880s, Andersons style became increasingly influenced by Scottish historical architecture, possibly as a result of his friendship with architectural historians MacGibbon, the Scottish influence is evident in the Normand Memorial Hall, Ardgowan Estate Office and the Pearce Institute, Govan. From the 1890s, restoration became the focus of Andersons architecture and he had already undertaken work at Iona Abbey and Jedburgh Abbey in the 1870s, and now restored Dunblane Cathedral and Paisley Abbey. He became more involved in teaching, helping to set up a School of Applied Art in 1892, in 1903 this merged into the new Edinburgh College of Art, with Anderson as a trustee. In his years Anderson became difficult to work with, and was perceived as arrogant, another partnership, formed in 1899, was dissolved following lawsuits in 1902
Charles d’Orville Pilkington Jackson ARSA, FRBS, FRSA was a British sculptor prominent in Scotland in the 20th century. Through his career he worked closely with the architect Sir Robert Lorimer and he is most noteworthy for his creation of one of Scotland’s iconic landmarks, which appears in much promotional material about Scotland, the statue of Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn. Charles dOrville was born at Garlenick near Grampound, Cornwall the son of Ethel Katie DOrville and she married Louis Pilkington Jackson soon after, who may be presumed to be Charles father, leading him to adopt his name in life. Charles attended the Edinburgh Institution from 1905 and the newly established Edinburgh College of Art in 1907, studying design and he graduated in 1910 and received a travelling scholarship of £100, which he used to visit the British School in Rome. Whilst in Rome he worked with Giacomo Boni on the rebuilding of the Arch of Titus, in 1911, on his return to Scotland, he established himself in a studio with William MacDonald, a bronze founder.
In the First World War he served in the Ayrshire Field Artillery in both Egypt and Palestine, and was Mentioned in Dispatches, after the war he received numerous commissions to design war memorials and these extend across the whole width and breadth of Scotland. He was appointed as supervising sculptor for the Scottish National War Memorial, in 1929 he visited the eminent Swedish sculptor Carl Milles whom he acknowledged as a great influence on his work. In the Second World War, although being far beyond the age of conscription at 52, he joined the army. He had a long working career leading to his most famous commission. The mounted statue of Robert the Bruce forms the point of the memorial to the 1314 Battle of Bannockburn. The statue and monument are listed at category A, and are included as one of the 60 DoCoMoMo Key Scottish Monuments of the post-war period, Pilkington Jackson exhibited regularly at the Royal Scottish Academy, and was elected as an academician in 1956. He served on the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland and he is buried in Lasswade Cemetery at the north end of the modern section.
He designed both his own stone and that of his parents, which stands alongside and his son Richard DOrville Pilkington Jackson is buried with them. Media related to Charles dOrville Pilkington Jackson at Wikimedia Commons Charles dOrville Pilkington Jackson, Sculptor, in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London
William Henry Playfair
William Henry Playfair FRSE was one of the greatest Scottish architects of the 19th century, designer of many of Edinburghs neo-classical landmarks in the New Town. He was born on 15 July 1790 in Russell Square, London, to James Playfair, Playfairs father was an architect, and his uncles were John Playfair, the scientist, and William Playfair, an economist and pioneer of information graphics. Two of his finest works are the buildings of the National Gallery of Scotland. The Playfair Project completed in 2004 joined the two buildings with an underground link. In the 1830s Playfair is listed as living at 17 Great Stuart Street on the prestigious Moray Estate in Edinburghs west end, Playfair joined the Free Church following the Disruption of 1843, losing his right to burial in the parish churchyard. Playfair took David Cousin under his wing and was responsible for the part of his training. 1817 Appointed architect to design work on the Old College, University of Edinburgh. The building was completed around 1831,1818 Commissioned by the will of the late Captain John McNabb to design the main building of Dollar Academy, a fitting structure with a Doric facade, which is now named after him.
However, due to lack of investment it was never finished, adjacent to The Royal Scottish Academy. 1851 Donaldsons College, Edinburgh 1852 Dunstane House – now a Hotel in west of Edinburgh 1859 National Gallery of Scotland opened to the two years after Playfairs death. Parks & Gardens, UK Playfair, William Henry, Dictionary of Scottish Architects Dictionary of Scottish Architects- William Henry Playfair Gazetteer for Scotland Details William Henry Playfairs buildings in Edinburgh Portrait