Easter Bush Campus

The University of Edinburgh's Easter Bush Campus in Midlothian is a world-leading research, work and study environment. At the heart of a growing cluster of bioscience organisations, the Campus acts as a hub of activity bringing together partners and other stakeholders within the region and beyond.

The University of Edinburgh's Easter Bush Campus has recently expanded with a staged approach of major redevelopment in line with a 20 year Masterplan. 


The University of Edinburgh's Easter Bush Campus creates a powerful alliance of basic research, applied research and clinical veterinary expertise and forms one of the largest groups focussed on the biology of companion and production animals in the world.

Gathered on one site, a multidisciplinary grouping of animal scientists, within The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Roslin Institute and Scotland's Rural College, provide a level of expertise that is unrivalled elsewhere in the world.

In addition there is an extensive range of Core Facilities and Equipment available to researchers and business. For further information, please contact Easter Bush Campus or Midlothan Science Zone project co-ordinator to be directed to the relevant facility.

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Campus Development

Never before has there been an opportunity to establish a world-leading centre in Europe with such critical mass, necessary to underpin the viability of investing in the animal sciences alongside the major developments in human biosciences. The ability to engage with world class researchers in these fields, provides great opportunities for companies looking to locate in Midlothian.

The University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus has approximately 27,000m2 of usable space, with the key facilities of teaching & learning, research, animal facilities and support distributed across Campus. 

The Campus has recently expanded with a staged approach of major redevelopment in line with a 20 year Masterplan. Midlothian Council is a committed partner in the development of the Campus and the overall Masterplan represents a strong element of the economic recovery plan for the local area.

Read more on the Masterplan >

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Completed Projects

The first phase of development was completed at the end of 2012, providing facilities for clinical, teaching and research. 

The second phase was completed at the end of 2014 with the construction of two buildings (Greenwood and Bumstead) related to the National Avian Research Facility (NARF) - a specified pathogen free unit to support avian research work and dedicated laboratory and husbandry space to support avian research.

In March 2015, the third phase of development commenced with the construction of the Roslin Innovation Centre, completed in the summer of 2017.

The Roslin Innovation Centre and Campus Hub provides shared facilities for students, staff and visitors, consisting of state-of-the-art research facilities, teaching and exhibition space, as well as ancillary accommodation including a gym, shop, support services and the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre.

Recent completed projects include:

The Energy Centre provides a robust, flexible and low carbon infrastructure to heat and cool the buildings on Campus, as well as meeting a significant proportion of the base electrical demand on the site. Future expansion or stages of the project may consider the supply of heat to third party buildings and development to include an Estates hub and freezer farm.

Construction of the Equine Diagnostic, Surgical and Critical Care Unit (EDSCCU) commenced in May 2016, and this Phase 4 development will replace the existing theatre at the Dick Vet Equine Hospital with a new, high specification facility, housing two operating theatres and two induction boxes. In addition, the new facility will house reception, x-ray and ultrasound services, a viewing area, intensive care unit, a separate isolation block and suitable external vehicular access with hoist facility.

The development of the Large Animal Research and Imaging Facility (LARIF) includes laboratory and animal holding facilities as well as advanced imaging equipment, including CT and MRI scanning facilities for large animals and equine use.  

The Aquaculture Genetics Research Facility (AGRF) is a state-of-the-art freshwater aquarium facility designed for research into early-life stages of farmed fish species. Equipped with hatchery and disease challenge facilities, it is integral to groundbreaking research on Campus.

Development of Childcare facilities commenced in spring 2018, an essential project due to the increased current and future demand for these facilities, as a result of the continued expansion of the Easter Bush Campus.

The University and Easter Bush

The Easter Bush Campus is part of the University of Edinburgh's College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, delivering world-leading research, education and innovation in the core disciplines of medicine, veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences.  Housing the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, the Campus incorporates The Roslin Institute and complements the work at the University of Edinburgh's School of Medicine’s, Centre for Regenerative Medicine.

Read more on The University of Edinburgh's Research Excellence >

Easter Bush Research Consortium

The Easter Bush Campus accommodates partners of the Easter Bush Research Consortium (EBRC), with a 
vision for the next five years to build the European Centre of Excellence in Animal Bioscience and to create alongside it a pre-eminent capability for interdisciplinary research on farming systems and rural structures.

Around 600 scientists from The Roslin Institute, the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the Moredun Research Institute work through the Easter Bush Research Consortium (EBRC) to streamline research which has a large focus on animal and human health and this includes identifying new and emerging diseases that can pass from livestock and wild animals to humans and understanding the ways in which these diseases work.

The EBRC is a powerful alliance of basic research, applied research and clinical veterinary expertise. EBRC scientists with common and complimentary interests in research work closely together to develop effective disease controls and treatments, improved food safety, improved animal welfare and sustainable management of farm animals.

The EBRC offers mechanisms and forums for sharing resources and expertise as well as providing an outstanding environment for teaching and training scientists at all stages of their careers.

The partnership within the EBRC, and integration with clinical practice and education in the the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, provide major opportunities for application and exploitation of the research of the consortium partners.


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