Capturing the city in covid times

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As we enter a new phase of Scotland’s route map out of the coronavirus pandemic, pause and take in our new photo gallery showing the University’s Central Area and the surrounding city in recent days.

The lockdown has brought many parts of Edinburgh to a standstill. As we begin to move into a new stage, let’s take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the University and city at the quietest Scotland’s capital has ever been.

Bristo Square, home to the University’s graduation venue, McEwan Hall, and student union, Teviot Row House.
The Informatics Forum, where researchers develop innovations in virtual reality, bioinformatics, artificial learning, robotics and more.
The University Main Library in George Square holds a vast range of academic and special collections.
The view towards the David Hume Tower in George Square.
Cycle lanes and footpaths pass by the Meadows and the University Main Library.
The University’s Pleasance Sports Complex and Gym has some of the finest sports and fitness facilities in the country.
Pollock Halls of Residence nestling beneath Arthur’s Seat, one of many student accommodation options at the University.
The entrance to the University’s Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, a leading low carbon hub for Scotland and beyond.
Old College, where the Principal’s Office, Law School and Talbot Rice Gallery can be found.
The School of Divinity, based at New College on the Mound.
Looking down the Royal Mile and High Street.
The University’s Holyrood campus, home to the Moray House School of Education and Sport and the Centre for Open Learning.
The vista from Arthur’s Seat of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Scottish Parliament and Calton Hill.
Edinburgh Castle watching over the city.

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Photography: Chris Close for the University of Edinburgh