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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New MSc. in Structural and Fire Safety Engineering

The new taught postgraduate degree MSc in Structural and Fire Safety Engineering aims to equip engineering graduates and working professionals with specialist training in the analysis and design of structures to resist fire. It was introduced in the autumn semester of 2008/09. A summary of the degree can be found here:

Entry requirements and Programme can be found here.

Students are eligible for funding from a variety of external bodies and The University of Edinburgh itself.

Research Positions Available in Fire Engineering

The PhD and Postdoc positions available in the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering are regularly published in this link:

Some PhD positions are fully-funded with grants for UK engineers and some are for European Union engineers. These grant pays all university fees plus a tax-free stipend of over £12,000 per year. Information on how to apply for a PhD and requirements can also be found in the link.

General enquiries on research can be sent to

Monday, November 24, 2008

Visits to our web in Jun-Nov 2008

See here the statistics of visits in the period from June to November 2008 to our website.

This plot shows daily loads from Jun to Nov 2008.

We have an average of ~ 200 per week. Something happened in mid September that produced a sustained increase to ~260 per week since then on. The effect of the recent FireSeat 2008 and the new blog in Nov is obvious and has doubled the normal number of visitors (but now perhaps somehow decaying).

See also here a map of the world with the location of most recent

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Inaugural "Philip H Thomas Lecture"

As part of the 2008 FireSeat Symposium on "Fire & Building Safety in the Single European Market" - held on Wednesday 12th November 2008 - the University of Edinburgh established an annual Lecture and Medal in honour of Dr Philip H. Thomas, formerly of the Fire Research Station.

The inaugural 'Philip H Thomas Lecture' was delivered by Prof Geoff Cox, who worked with Philip for many years.

The lecture was recorded and has been uploaded to YouTube in six parts (plus two other sections for the intro and questions at the end):

Introduction by Prof Jose Torero and Prof Dougal Drysdale:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

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Part 5:

Part 6:


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