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Agnes Yewande Savage – 1929

Image – reproduced courtesy of Mike Savage By Henry Mitchell Dr Agnes Yewande Savage, the was probably first West African woman to qualify in medicine. An outstanding student at Edinburgh, Agnes …

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Primary source material – I had expected to see tartan kilts… I was miserably disappointed’ – Lay Toon

Primary source material reproduced from Lay Toon, ‘A Chinaman’s Letter Home’, The Student (special edition), 07/03/1928 On my arrival in the Scottish capital I had expected to see tartan kilts, …

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1927 – Students of colour are banned from bars and restaurants in Edinburgh, sparking international outrage.

A delegation of African, Indian and Caribbean students together meets the Lord Provost in protest. Another future ANC president AB Xuma also graduates.

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Primary source material – ‘We have keenly felt the humiliation and the spirit of racial hatred’: The Colour Bar in Edinburgh, 1927

Primary source material reproduced from: ‘Colour Bar in Edinburgh’, The Scotsman, 21/05/1927; ‘Colour Bar in Edinburgh’, The Scotsman, 24/05/1927; ‘Colour Bar: Edinburgh Case: Ventilated in Commons’, The Scotsman, 01/06/1927; ‘Fatuous …

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Yuan Changying original

Yuan Changying

Image Credit: Cultural Relics By Dingjian Xie Yuan Changying (袁昌英, 11 October 1894–28 April 1973), a playwright, novelist, scholar of literature and feminist in China, was the first Chinese female graduate …

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1921 – The Chinese Student – the “Official Organ of the Edinburgh Chinese Students’ Union” – is launched.

[The Chinese Student, 1:1 (June 1921)]

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Primary source material – ‘Sir PC Ray’s Speech in the Edinburgh Indian Association’

Primary source material reproduced from ‘Sir PC Ray’s Speech in the Edinburgh Indian Association’, Amrita Bazar Patrika, 13/11/1920 Our distinguished countryman Sir PC Ray is now in Edinburgh on what …

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Primary source material – ‘Edinburgh University Indian Ambulance Corps’

Primary source material reproduced from Ikbal Ali Shah, ‘Edinburgh University Indian Ambulance Corps’, The Student (special war memorial edition, May 1920). The Edinburgh University Indian Ambulance Corps played an important …

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Primary source material – ‘An Imperial University drawing its students from all parts of the British Empire’

Primary source material reproduced from ‘Lectures for Indian Students’, The Leader, 04/11/1920 The YMCA have also opened a hostel for Indian students at No 5 Grosvenor Crescent […] The new …

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