Albert is shown holding the Gospels in one hand and a scroll in the other. The scroll carries the Greek words for matter and form, pointing to his study of Aristotle and the subsequent influence this had on his student, St Thomas Aquinas. The lower half of the scroll carries the Arabic word for love, indicating the translation work he completed of the great Islamic scholars Avicenna and Averroes. The hat is to indicate his multiple roles as scholar, Doctor of the Church and Bishop. There is a building shown in this icon to represent both Church and University. Lastly, there is a green ground shown as he is patron saint of natural scientists. The blue ground of lapis lazuli, points to the unknown depths of the mystery of God.
The Catholic Chaplaincy serves the students and staff of the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University.
The Catholic Chaplaincy is also a parish of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh (the Parish of St Albert the Great) and all Catholic students and staff are automatically members of this parish.