School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

The Geography Centenary Appeal

Together with the programme of events to mark the Centenary, the Geography Centenary Appeal, which has been formally launched in 2008, is a major part of our Geography Centenary Programme. The principal intention of the Centenary Appeal is to establish funds for the support of postgraduate research in geography.

Whilst the Centenary Programme as a whole recognises and celebrates 100 years of past achievement in Geography in Edinburgh, we see the Centenary as helping secure a successful future for geography and for geographers for the next century and beyond. The Geography Centenary Appeal has been designed to allow past and present members of Edinburgh's geographical community to become involved in geography's future by directing support towards the next generation of researchers and teaching staff.

The Geography Centenary Appeal has four main elements as its targets for your support. The principal intention and central feature is to secure sufficient funds to provide Centenary Research Studentships and Scholarships. These may be for three years (PhD) or for one  year (MSc by Research). We are delighted to record here our thanks to Mr Derek H Moss and Mrs Maureen J Moss for their support towards three Centenary Research Postgraduate Scholarships - one for funding Iain Bartholomew for work on Greenland glaciology and climate change, the other two begin in September 2008.

We have also now established a Centenary Research Fund to support postgraduates in their work (toward library costs, illustration costs, travel to meetings and so on). We are very pleased to acknowledge the support of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for generously funding the RSGS Edinburgh Centenary Research Dissertation Prize for the best MSc Research Dissertation (beginning in 2008-2009).

Help support Geography in the future. Celebrating our Centenary is not about marking the past for its own sake, but building for the future upon a tradition of established excellence. As an Edinburgh geographer, you can help.

If you would like to contribute to the Centenary Research Fund, and help keep research in geography at Edinburgh at the forefront of important global issues, please complete the on-line form. Alternatively, please contact Cathy Campbell (

We welcome donations to maintain excellence and opportunity in and through geography at The University of Edinburgh. If you would like to become a Friend of the University and support the Centenary Programme by making a donation please complete this form.