We kicked off with a visit from University Chancellor HRH the Princess Royal, who met students and researchers to discuss our latest initiatives.
We held gatherings of graduates around the world and we've been humbled by the stories they've given us of their experience here and their ongoing impact in the world. We dressed our building in celebration, including alumni names on our entrance steps—something that sparked a flurry of interest on social media.
The 100 year celebrations will continue as we head towards the anniversary of our first graduate, Margaret Stevenson Miller, who achieved her accounting degree in the summer of 1920.
2019 brought good news in terms of how we're ranked and accredited by outside bodies. Our MBA improved its standing in 经济学家的 “哪个MBA的排名，以及我们在管理理学硕士保持英国排名前十的位置在 FT 排名。
Added to that, our accreditation from global body AACSB—which looks for impact and innovation—was extended, ensuring we continue to have a widely recognised hallmark of quality.
For example, we worked with the charity Young Money on a follow-up study which showed the positive legacy of training teachers to deliver financial education for school leavers.
We worked with construction industry partners on the development of a carbon calculator to help assess the climate change impact of big infrastructure projects.
In that green vein, our research also showed how consumers are willing to pay for sustainable brands, and we developed a framework for agriculture to encourage practices which protect soil and water.
Our survey of global credit experts sparked a discussion about the move toward Open Banking, and we published analysis showing that ignoring gender in credit scoring decisions has a negative effect on women.
On a lighter note, we discovered that teachers who use smileys and other emoticons to give feedback to students enjoy a better relationship. 🙂
2019 was a big year for us as organisers and hosts of three global gatherings: the Credit Scoring and Credit Control Conference, the Academy of Marketing Science world congress, and EGOS—the European Group for Organisational Studies. The EGOS conference was the biggest-ever organised and hosted by the 澳门网赌网站, drawing 2,500 academics from around the world to discuss the big public policy issues of our time.
We also brought together experts from academia and business to inspire our students to try their hand at new ventures, with our incredibly popular #makeyourmark social enterprise challenge (returning in February 2020) and our Startup Festival.
Bringing in experts and pioneers from different backgrounds to inspire our students is something we continued to do in 2019, from Snag Tights founder Brie Read on the role of outside investment to former fashion editor Sara McCorquodale on the rise of social media influencers. We also heard from chartered banking boss Simon Thompson on the greening of finance, and endurance athletes Charlie Guest and Jasmin Paris on lessons for success in life.
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Throughout the year we continued to offer our own expert insights, appearing in the press, on the radio, and on social media. We offered informed views on everything from startup ecosystems and longer working lives to executive pay and the troubles of the automotive industry.
We also sponsored the first-ever age inclusive employer award at a major Scottish event, while being recognised for our own role in helping Edinburgh develop a FinTech focus. Part of that focus has been the launch of a FinTech 博士 programme with business, and we tailored this year's 高管教育 programme for non-executive directors to reflect 澳门网赌网站's desire to become the data capital of Europe.
Along the way, we've seen our students inspired to set up social and environmental ventures such as a textbook sharing platform, and shared the joy as they won industry awards. We welcomed an MBA student to the first LGBT+ postgraduate scholarship in Scotland, in collaboration with Somewhere, a social enterprise that aims to break down the barriers to LGBT+ inclusion in business.
We also launched the UK's first Micro主人 in Predictive Analytics. To date, over 4,000 learners have signed up, a clear indication of the way learning is developing in the online age.