The University of Edinburgh was founded in 1582 and is the 6th oldest university in the English-speaking world as well as one of Scotland’s ancient universities. Originally, the university was a college of law founded by a legacy from Bishop Robert Reid of St Magnus Cathedral Orkney and became a university with its royal charter in 1582. It was pivotal in the city’s role as a chief intellectual centre in the Age of Enlightenment and led to the city’s nickname of Athens of the North. It is a member of the Russel Group, Universitias 21 and the Coimbra Group among others.
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