Welcome to the Edinburgh University Club of London (EUCL). Our Club membership is open to all Alumni, Faculty and Staff of the University of Edinburgh.
We are an active social Club, meeting approximately once a month, with around 200 members, most of whom live in Greater London and the South East of England, or in Edinburgh.
This may be especially helpful to new graduates once they have left the City of Edinburgh and are perhaps starting out in their young careers. We hold a variety of social events throughout each year, and we aim to give EU alumni a good base for maintaining contact with the University, and other alumni especially in Greater London.
We can arrange visits to places or events of interest, which may be difficult to arrange as an individual. Our more expensive events (such as the formal Annual Dinner) are subsidised by the Club so can be offered at prices well below their actual cost.
In recent years the Club has organized a variety of social events including:
- Many informal lunches and dinners, usually at restaurants and pubs of historic or cultural interest.
- Visits to historic houses and sites, a Sussex Vineyard, Watts Chapel, Whitechapel Bell Foundry, Billingsgate Roman Bath House, Apsley House, Leighton House, and a Thames River cruise at Henley.
- Quarterly dinners, usually at the Caledonian Club or other London Clubs.
- Dinners at the Caledonian Club with senior representatives of the University, Professor Charles Jeffery (when Senior Vice-Principal), Russell Dalgleish (a Scottish business leader), Amber Rudd MP (when she was Home Secretary), Malcolm Rifkind MP (formerly a Cabinet Minister with links to the Security Services), and many others.
- Burns Nights, with the Burns Club of London, and other Clubs in London.
- Our 150th Anniversary Dinner at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, hosted by our Patron, HRH The Princess Royal in 2014
- A tour and reception at the House of Lords hosted by member Lord Mackay of Clashfern in 1998, and again in 2012: attendees were of all ages and career backgrounds, providing an excellent opportunity for those wishing to meet new people in a social environment over wine and canapés. We hope to repeat this very popular event as soon as possible.
- A reception at the House of Commons sponsored by MPs Gordon Brown (later Prime Minister) and Robin Cook (Foreign Secretary)
The programme is planned to include something of interest to people from a range of disciplines. Our 2013 art reception evening held jointly with the Watt Club in support of Corrymella Scott’s Jolomo exhibition in St. James’s attracted over 60 people, many of them new to the Club.
For the scientists among us we have visited the National Physical Laboratory, and a Mensa UK event on Astronomy.
In Edinburgh, the Club has enjoyed visits to Rosslyn Chapel, St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, and the spectacular Wave Tank at Kings Buildings.
The Club has many well connected, senior and seasoned members in their respective professional fields, and we have members in several City Livery companies. We welcome all graduates coming to London to take advantage of this network, by joining us or attending our events as guests.
The University is aware that over 8,000 Edinburgh graduates are now based in London, and it is of great interest to the University to support clubs that give alumni a strong sense of the University’s continuing presence and accessibility to them. We are one of the oldest and most active Scottish Alumni associations, linked to the University for over 150 years.
We are an independent, non-political club, and we do not have any formal affiliations except with the University and other Alumni Clubs.