Over the course of your studies you may find that you wish to make changes to the administration or organisation of your undergraduate studies.
If this is the case, please contact the Student Support Team as soon as possible so that we can help you to sort out any problems.
Tutorials are an integral part of your study and you should make every effort to attend these as failure to do so may result in penalisation.
If you have missed a tutorial, you MUST contact your tutor and the course/subject area secretary to account for your absence and find out what preparation is required for the next tutorial. Similarly, if you know in advance of any good reason why you will not be able to attend a tutorial, you should inform your tutor at the earliest opportunity and be prepared to catch up on any missed coursework.
If you cannot complete your coursework in the allotted time-frame, you should contact the relevant Course Organiser at the earliest opportunity to request an extension.
Extensions are only given in cases of severe or unforeseeable difficulty and requests must be accompanied by a medical certificate and/or letter from your Personal Tutor. Any course-work submitted late without an extension having been agreed will be penalised and may not be assessed. Please note that computer problems are not accepted as an excuse for late submission.
Students can progress from 1st to 2nd year with a 40 credit maximum deficit. If you are missing any more than this, the most likely option available is a part-time repeat year and you should speak to the Student Support Team as soon as possible. A 40-credit deficit can be carried into the third year ONLY if you will be in Edinburgh during that year. As a general rule, students are NOT allowed to go abroad with any deficit. No deficit can be carried into the final year.
It is your responsibilty to ensure you are aware of the re-sit examination time-table. Please contact the Student Support Office if you have concerns about re-sit examinations or progression to Honours.
Re-sit timetables can be found at:
You should speak to your Personal Tutor as soon as possible to discuss the options available to you, or please contact the Student Support Team. Further support and guidance on academic appeals can be obtained from The EUSA Advice Place.
Please speak to your course organiser or tutor as soon as you know you are having problems. The Institute for Academic Development offers advice and documentation on effective learning and also runs Study Skills workshops throughout the year.
If you are experiencing personal issues which are affecting your studies, you should discuss the possibility of a special circumstances submission with either your Personal Tutor or the Student Support Team.
Please contact the Student Support Team as soon as possible in order that we can notify Registry. You should also discuss your intentions with your Personal Tutor.
Please note that your e-mail account will become inactive shortly after leaving the University therefore you should inform your e-mail contacts and be sure to copy all important data to a personal account. It is your responsibility to inform your funding body.
You should contact the Student Support Team as soon as possible to record non-attendance of classes. For absences of 3 days or more you may be required to submit a medical certificate. Absences of up to three weeks duration are permitted if you can provide medical certificates. It is your responsibility to ensure that you catch-up with your coursework.
If illness has significantly affected your progress, you can apply for consideration of special circumstances. If your illness prevents you from dealing personally with your academic affairs, you may nominate someone (e.g. a parent) to act on your behalf however we must receive confirmation from you in writing before we can communicate with a third party.
Students who require a leave of absence exceeding three weeks in duration need to apply for an Authorised Interruption of Study (AIS). An AIS is where a student is given permission to suspend their studies for a period of time for 'good' reason. An AIS will not normally exceed one academic year and supporting evidence (such as a personal statement, medical letters and/or third party statements) must be provided.
The deadline for applying to College for an AIS is end of February in any academic year. Late applications are not considered. A student cannot take re-sits while on an AIS.
If you wish to apply for an AIS you should contact the Student Support Team as soon as possible. The application will then be sent to the Associate Dean (Academic Progress), who will contact you directly to confirm the outcome. Interruptions cannot be granted retrospectively. If you are struggling with personal and/or academic issues, it is vital that you contact the Student Support Team as soon as possible.
During the period of absence it is your responsibility to provide a current postal contact address and to ensure that any legal requirements imposed by your funding or grant authority are met. You must also check your University email account regularly for communications from the University.
International students can take an AIS BUT, as per the terms of their Visa, should not remain in the UK when not studying. The Visa will be withdrawn and you would need to re-apply for a Visa before returning to your studies in the next academic session. Please refer any questions to the student support team or the International Office.
Visit the Information Services Helpdesk on the ground floor, Main Library, George Square. From 1st August the Helpdesk is open daily (except Sundays): 9am - 7.50pm, (open Sundays from 15th September) You can contact the helpline on 0131 651 5151 from 9am - 8am (available 23 hours) every day or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The International Office offers a central point for all non-UK students to go to for assistance, advice and support.
The International Student Centre is managed by international student volunteers and provides a resource for international students in the central University area. http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international/student-life/isc
Contact the Student Support Team who will be happy to help:
Room 5.05 (Floor 5), David Hume Tower
John +44 (0) 131 650 3647
Jackie +44 (0) 131 650 3673
Michela +44 (0) 131 650 6948
This article was published on Nov 19, 2013