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Official news and events from the University of Aberdeen. You can follow us on Twitter @aberdeenuni & on instagram @uniofaberdeen Welcome to the University of Aberdeen Facebook page!

Founded in 1495 we're one of the oldest Universities in the UK, offering over 550 undergraduate courses and a huge range of both taught and research postgraduate degree programmes!

At Aberdeen we're always interested to hear what you think about the University. Whether you're a student here, an alumnus or are considering coming to the University, please feel free to leave us your comments, email us or check out our wall for what's going on around the campus.

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A University of Aberdeen Professor has been honoured by Prime Minister Theresa May for his work in preserving and rekindling local carols and songs from across the UK. Professor Ian Russell, who was Director of the University’s Elphinstone Institute from 1999 to 2014, has received a Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. The award was given in recognition of his work with Village Carols, a unique organisation that he founded in 1980 which records and promotes local carol singing traditions, researching their origins and reintroducing lost music. His research into local carolling traditions began in 1969. Read more at: http://ow.ly/xYaa307oP0V

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A supercharged version of the acid derived from our Christmas dinner veg is the basis of new research aimed at developing a new drug to treat Alzheimer's disease. Experts at the University of Aberdeen are working on a synthetic version of the beneficial acid created from vitamin A – a vitamin your body can get from eating a number of vegetables, including carrots and sprouts – which they hope may be used to treat neurological disorders. Find out more: http://ow.ly/KJHg307oOH2

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The work of an Aberdeen theologian has been recognised as one of 'the books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture' in 2017. Professor John Swinton, Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen, has been given an Award of Merit in the Theology/Ethics category of the Christian Today book awards. Professor Swinton’s book ‘Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness, and Gentle Discipleship’ explores the way in which the experience of serious neurological disability - profound intellectual disability, advanced dementia and traumatic brain injury - can challenge standard notions of time that view it as nothing more than another commodity to be bought and sold rather than a gift to be received, cherished, and valued. Find out more at: http://ow.ly/agqz307nbPP

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We would like to wish all our friends and members of the wider Aberdeen family the very best wishes of the season, and a very Merry Christmas to those who will be celebrating it over the coming weekend.

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The diary of an 'ordinary north-east man' gifted to the University of Aberdeen has provided new insights in the Jacobite Rebellions and their devastating economic impact. Dr Kirsteen MacKenzie, a Lecturer in History at the University of Aberdeen describes the diary as a ‘unique source for the period’ providing historians with new evidence from the perspective of an ordinary working man who was not involved in the rebellions and appears to have had no affiliation to either the Jacobites or Hanoverians. Find out more at: http://ow.ly/mWwK307nnJC

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Researchers in a University of Aberdeen-led national collaborative research project have found the controversial vaginal mesh and graft methods of surgical repair of prolapse in women is no more effective than the existing standard repair technique, up to two years after surgery. The team found the mesh, inserted through the vagina, resulted in a number of complications but did not offer any clear benefits, concluding that its use for these procedures could be considered an “unnecessary risk”, until further research was conducted. Widespread concerns about the use of mesh and graft in prolapse surgery have been raised in public, with some patients reporting serious complications. Consequently, the use of mesh was banned in Scotland (with the exception of clinical trials) in June 2014 until further evidence was found regarding its suitability. Read more at: http://ow.ly/TJJI307naPP

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The Christmas truce of 1914 is one of the most enduring images of the First World War and is generally reported as a 'one-off' phenomenon not repeated as the conflict grew ever more brutal. But a University of Aberdeen historian has uncovered evidence that festive meetings continued throughout the war, with a significant number in 1916 despite the huge casualties suffered in the Battle of the Somme. Find out more at: http://ow.ly/pueE307n7R6

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The Power of Disruptive Thinking | Webinar | The University of Aberdeen

Join our upcoming webinar from University of Aberdeen Business School on 10th January at 11am (UK), for a valuable lesson in business innovation. Join Dr Ian Heywood to discover the potential benefits of disruptive thinking, and how it can be employed to challenge existing ways of doing business. You can register now to attend, or for access to the recording and slides if you can’t make it. We hope to see you there. http://bit.ly/2hPKzvb

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Congratulations to Aberdeen medical student Bethany Lloyd who has won first prize in a national competition organised by the General Medical Council. Bethany, who is in her 5th Year, submitted a lesson plan on the topic of professionalism to the GMC’s Achieving good medical practice: summer break competition. Her premise was to devise a lesson plan comparing safety checks and the professionalism expected of a skydiving instructor, with the safety and professionalism expected of a doctor. Read more at: http://ow.ly/QYss307fOtb

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A University of Aberdeen student is aiming for a peak performance when he competes in the Ski Cross event at the FISU World University Winter Games. Scott Garvie (20), a second year Geology and Petroleum Geology student, will travel to Kazakhstan next month after qualifying to represent Great Britain at the Games. Known as ‘The Universiade’, the event is widely recognised as the second largest multisport Games in the world after the Olympics. The 2017 Winter Universiade is being held in Almaty from January 29 to February 7, and will involve more than 2,500 participants from over 50 countries. Find out more at: http://ow.ly/Z1L2307fNk3

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