School of Economics

Incident on campus: our message to students

A message to our community in response to an incident on Friday 11 December, and where to get support.

On Friday 11 December 2020, a University of Edinburgh student was the victim of an attack outside the Main Library. This was an appalling incident, which we at Economics and the University wholeheartedly condemn.

We fully support the University statement condemning these actions. All of our University community should feel safe on campus, and we will not tolerate violence, racism or any other form of discrimination.

The University is working closely with Police Scotland to support their investigations into the incident, and to increase the presence of security and police in the area. The University has conducted a swift review into its response on the night and continues to work with the student community to address their concerns.

A range of help has been offered to the victim to support them after their ordeal, and their Personal Tutor is in close contact as well. However, this will of course be upsetting and concerning for our whole community. We want to reassure everyone in Economics, students as well as colleagues, that the University will do everything in its power to ensure that people have a safe and happy experience on campus. We will do whatever we can to support this.

We know that now perhaps more than ever is a time of increased anxiety for our students. We want to reiterate that all are welcome in our community, and that we are here to support you.

We encourage anyone who is affected by this to contact their Personal Tutor or the Student Support Team on  

You can also contact the Advice Place on, or visit the following links to access support:

Who to contact in a crisis

University Support Services

The Advice Place