The 2019 edition of the Edinburgh Friends magazine. Philanthropy and the appetite for risk Chris Cox, Vice-Principal Philanthropy, welcomes you to this issue of Edinburgh Friends. Milestones Our review of the past academic year, showcasing projects that have been funded by the philanthropic support of individuals and organisations. An Edinburgh for everyone Our widening participation projects are helping to open doors to all sectors of society – a core element of the University’s ethos. Out of the corporate closet As the first recipient of the Somewhere MBA LGBT+ Scholarship, Teale Failla is proud to be a leader in creating a business world where a diverse workforce is viewed as an asset. Protecting our most valuable resources An estimated one million people in the UK are projected to be diagnosed with dementia by 2025. Attacking our most valuable resources as humans, it erodes our thinking skills and our memories, destroys our personalities and takes an enormous toll on patients and their families. But pioneering collaborative research in Edinburgh is bringing us ever closer to effective treatments. Technoethics and the pursuit of human flourishing As the University continues to develop its research into the crucial role that data science and artificial intelligence will play in the world’s future, Dr James Eglinton, Meldrum Lecturer in Reformed Theology at the School of Divinity, considers the impact on our ethical codes and human character, and how they can lead to meaningful and sustainable progress for the whole of society. Save our oceans The humble sea cucumber is helping villagers in Madagascar secure a better future – and reaping huge benefits for the area’s marine biodiversity.