Saturday, the 10th of October: Dinner at the Hub in Edinburgh, Scotland
The 50th Anniversary commenced in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the Hub, a beautiful venue on the Royal Mile. Guests were welcomed with tasty mocktails at a drinks reception, and were then served a delicious three-course meal of haggis, chicken, and strawberry cheesecake. After dinner guests heard speeches given by UCEAP alumni about their time abroad and the importance of living and studying in another country. Finally students, alumni and Partner Liaisons all took part in a ceilidh, a fun and somewhat chaotic traditional Gaelic dance before the evening finished at midnight.
During the evening, students were invited to enter a competition: encapsulate in no more than words their academic exchange in the UK. As recently announced on the uceap.uk website, Keira Whitaker, UCI student on exchange at UC Cork, won the competition with the following sentence: ‘UCEAP has provided me with the opportunity to reach distant places, where my mind is limitless and my courage borderless’. Read more about our 50th Anniversary student competition
Monday, the 12th of October: Tour of Scottish Parliament and the University of Edinburgh
The 50th Anniversary continued the following Monday, first with a tour of Scottish Parliament. Constructed by the Spanish architect Enric Miralles, the building opened in 2004. 50th Anniversary guests learned about the unique architecture of the building, as well as about the history, work and procedures of Scottish Parliament itself. Our Scottish Parliament interns joined guests for lunch, and talked about their experiences as interns at the Parliament.
In the afternoon, guests were treated to two tours of the University of Edinburgh, the most popular partner institution for UCEAP in Scotland. The first tour was of the University campus and its mix of old and new buildings, while the second tour visited the University’s Centre for Research Collections, which contains rare books, manuscripts archives and museum collections. Both tours provided a glimpse into why the University of Edinburgh is such a popular choice among students.
Tuesday, the 13th of October: Reception at the University of St. Andrews
The 50th Anniversary continued at the University of St Andrews, one of the first ever UCEAP UK partners. Guests toured the university campus and stopped at the Quad, where the annual University foam fight takes place.
The day ended with a reception at the Museum of the University of St. Andrews. The good weather allowed guests and students to spend some time on the Museum’s roof terrace, and enjoy the view of St. Andrew’s bay at sunset. Celebrations later continued inside the Museum with a performance of The Other Guys, an all-male a cappella ensemble from the University of St. Andrews.
Photos of the 50th Anniversary celebrations by Ditte Solgaard, First Light Photography