Nostalgia; On campus at Edinburgh University

Edinburgh University's Anti-Apartheid society protest outside Teviot Row House in 1984; below, a sit-in protest against rent increases in 1979
Edinburgh University's Anti-Apartheid society protest outside Teviot Row House in 1984; below, a sit-in protest against rent increases in 1979
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IT is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world.

Founded in 1582, Edinburgh University is an important part of our capital city, deeply embedded in its fabric.

Edinburgh University students stage a sit-in to protest against rent increases in December 1979.

Edinburgh University students stage a sit-in to protest against rent increases in December 1979.

And this week the university added another string to its bow by making a significant rise in the latest World University Rankings.

The rankings list the top 800 universities in the world, with Edinburgh moving from 36th to 24th place.

Of course, this will come as no surprise to the generations of students who have passed through its doors.

Most of them learned much more than just the subjects they were studying during their time at the university, with protests and campaigns part of everyday life for many.

Edinburgh University students march to the US Consulate at 3 Regent Terrace in Edinburgh to protest against the Vietnam war, November 1965.

Edinburgh University students march to the US Consulate at 3 Regent Terrace in Edinburgh to protest against the Vietnam war, November 1965.

Demonstrators from the university’s Anti-Apartheid Society protested outside Teviot Row House in March 1984.

And in November 1965, students marched to the US Consulate at Regent Terrace to protest against the Vietnam war.

Students staged a sit-in back in December 1979 to protest against rent increases.

Edinburgh students also have a proud history of being involved with student newspapers.

A student buying a student newspaper at Edinburgh University in October 1993.

A student buying a student newspaper at Edinburgh University in October 1993.

This photograph from October 1993 shows copies of Student being sold outside one of the university buildings.

Politics have always come hand in hand with life at Edinburgh University.

Rectorial battles have encouraged mass participation amongst students, with well-fought campaigns taking place. In November 1963, the two main camps were behind James Robertson Justice – the eventual winner – and Peter Ustinov.