Careers Service

Advice regarding COVID 19

Advice for external organisations: novel coronavirus (COVID 19) information

Last updated: 11 May 2020 

The University of Edinburgh is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and liaising with government and NHS agencies to get their latest advice on public health guidance. Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, and visitors. 

You can read the latest updates on the University’s response here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/news/covid-19 

The Careers Service is operating within this advice for managing our events and services, and we will inform you as this advice changes. 

Following lockdown restrictions implemented by the UK and Scottish Governments, only ‘essential-services’ should be operating on campus from Tuesday 24 March 2020 onwards. 

Online provision of teaching and administrative support is now in place and will be improved further, with counselling, research and study spaces adapting to the changing situation to ensure the health and safety of our students and frontline staff is protected as much as possible.

  • From 23 March, the vast majority of teaching will be carried out remotely. First and second year exams will be cancelled this semester. Those in third year and beyond will be expected to take their exams online. Full details are on the Current students page 

Connect with our students

We want to help you connect to our students about your opportunities and your recruitment processes. And we continue to facilitate careers-related engagement between students and employers. In line with teaching and assessment moving online, we recommend that group-work be delivered virtually from 23rd March. 

We can support you to connect with students remotely via a variety of options, including: 

  • Online presentations via Collaborate (a virtual webinar environment), 

  • Targeted emailing and social media 

  • Vacancy advertising 

We are also investigating virtual options for other formats, including Careers Fairs and Alumni Panels. 

Please email us to discuss how we can support you to access any of these: employers@ed.ac.uk 

We are continuing to plan our Autumn events programme and, should the need arise, will put in place appropriate alternative formats to ensure that employers can continue to attract, and engage with, our students.  

Go Abroad Opportunities

Given the current government advice against non-essential travel globally, indefinitely, we do not feel it is appropriate to actively promote opportunities to students which may confuse this message.

The University is aiming to be clear and consistent in its communication to students at this time to support the government messaging and the Careers Service is following this policy. We are keen to continue working with you and will continue to advertise these vacancies. We are also happy to have conversations with you as things evolve, and as FCO guidance changes.  

We will continue to issue any further advice and guidance as it becomes available.