School of Economics

Support Services

A summary of student support services available from the School of Economics and the University.

School Support

Personal Tutor 

Each student will be assigned a Personal Tutor upon arrival. Your Personal Tutor is a member of our academic staff who will support you as you become a confident learner in economics and other disciplines. They will encourage you to play an active part in your academic community and advise you about developing the range of skills required to meet the challenges and opportunities for success in Economics, in university life and beyond. They will also advise and encourage you to reflect on academic progress, the effective use of feedback and the development of graduate attributes.

In first year there will be a group meeting (of 30 minutes) with Personal Tutors during Welcome Week providing the opportunity to discuss more general aspects of studying economics at the University, following on from the Introductory Meeting, and for students to meet their new colleagues. You can read more in the The School of Economics Personal Tutoring Statement.

Manager of Student Welfare 

In addition to Personal Tutors, students also benefit from access to the School's own Manager of Student Welfare, Lorna Quickfall. Lorna helps both students  problem solve on their learner journeys, and is an experienced coach and mentor. Lorna has worked for many years as a teacher and leader in education and is registered with the General teaching council for Scotland, with a focus on academic and pastoral support in relation to mental health issues. 

Student Support Service 

The School of Economics have a dedicated student support officers, Donna and Dawn. They are your first point of contact with any queries you might have as a student. As well as providing professional and emotional support, the team can also provide you with factual references (for banks, letting agents etc) as well as providing you with emotional and professional support. 

Economics Helpdesks

The School of Economics offer various Helpdesks which usually run weekly at lunchtimes during term time, and are staffed by our top students. They are not only for those times that you might need a little extra help with a course, they're also available to enhance you overall learning and understanding of economics. Details of venues and times are available in the course outlines published on Learn (the online teaching environment). Information about Learn


EconPALS is our peer assisted learning scheme supported by The University of Edinburgh and EUSA, dedicated to First Year Economics Undergraduates. EconPALS run weekly sessions covering content from Economics 1, as well as targeted revision and exam skills sessions. 

University Support

Student Counselling Service

The Student Counselling Service offer short term counselling to the University's students, aiming to help them work through their difficulty, understand themselves better and find ways of managing their situation.

They also run a series of one off workshops on topics such as procrastination, confidence building and relaxation.

Student Counselling

The Advice Place

The Advice Place is an impartial, accessible, free, confidential advisory service for all University of Edinburgh students irrespective of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief or age. They act on behalf of students and their interests, advising independently of the University of Edinburgh or any other organisation or authority.

Advice is offered on a walk-in basis at either of their offices or, by appointment for more specialist areas such as welfare benefits, academic issues and tenancy problems.

The service is delivered by professional advisory staff, trained to provide both generalist advice and advice in individual specialist areas of expertise. They are also assisted by student volunteers who have successfully completed an appropriate training programme.

The Advice Place

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