School of Economics

Academic Clans

The School of Economics are looking for students currently in their first and second year to sign up to be Clan leaders in our new Academic Clans initiative.

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The School of Economics at the University of Edinburgh is starting an Academic Clans initiative to help improve our student experience and increase a feeling of belonging at the school.

Calling all first and second year students!

We need current first and second year students to sign up to be Clan Leaders in our new Academic Clans initiative. We are asking students to sign up in pairs or threes to act as Clan Leaders to the new cohort of first years joining our school in September. Contact Christina Napier to sign up!

About Academic Clans

This is a student led initiative in which pairs or a group of three second or third year students take a lead on supporting a group of new first year students. Over time, this will develop a network of support in all year groups across different "generations" of Clans. 

The School will support some big Clan events, but we want this to be as student led and organic as possible, and encourage Clan Leaders to be as creative as they want with their Clans. 

We are looking at different online platforms to facilitate Clan communication, even in a social-distancing environment, and will provide support to Leaders in setting this up.  

Clan Leaders

We encourage those interested in being a Clan Leader to sign up in groups of two or three, this way our Clans will be led from a core of genuine connection right from the start. We anticipate each Clan will have approximately 12 - 15 students.

The School of Economics will provide a training session with tips on supporting a peer group, but there are no requirements for signing up!

Leaders will be eligible for the Edinburgh Award, and there is also some funding available from EUSA for projects or activities Clan Leaders may want to organise within their Clans.

We need you!

Now more than ever we think students need the strength of their community to combat feelings of isolation. We especially want to create a welcoming and supportive environment for our new first year students, many of whom never got to finish school, have had their community taken away with little warning, and will now need help to build a new one. 


This crisis has taught us all that we are stronger together, that we need to look out for each other, that even in extreme circumstance it’s the simple human connection that really matters. 

Lorna QuickfallStudent Welfare Manager 

Get in touch!

If you think you can help and would like to get involved, please contact Christina Napier on with your name, name of your co-leader/s and your year group. Or if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to get in touch!