Information for students

Edinburgh Award

The Edinburgh Award is a programme that students can undertake alongside a particular activity. The Award aims to recognise student involvement in these activities and enhance these experiences.

Work Experience

It is never too early to start planning your future! Work experience can help you stand out from the crowd and give you an edge in future job applications, as well as earning money during your studies. There are many different types of work experience: from part-time jobs to work shadowing, insight weeks, vacation work, internships, and placements.  

To look for opportunities, log in MyCareerHub, the University of Edinburgh Careers Service's own jobsite, or local recruitment agencies.


Recruitment Agencies



Volunteering is a great way of having new experiences, meeting new people, building your skills, abilities and attributes, and gathering evidence of your abilities and the impact you can have. Remember that all types of employers view volunteering as just as valuable, and in some cases more valuable than paid work!

For volunteering opportunities in the UK, check out the Students' Association dedicated website or Volunteer Edinburgh.

Students' Association Volunteering

Volunteer Edinburgh

For volunteering overseas, log into MyCareerHub to see what opportunities are currently advertised.



Edinburgh Award

The Edinburgh Award is a programme that can be undertaken alongside activities that you are doing outside of your degree. The Award is designed to enhance your experiences by supporting you to relfect on the skills you are developing. The Award also provides formal recognition for your involvement in these activities. You can find our more information as well as a list of eligible activities by following the link below. 

Edinburgh Award


Edinburgh University Sports Union

EUSU is the representative body of more than sixty University of Edinburgh sports clubs and over 8000 members, the number 1 sporting institution in Scotland and 3rd in the UK. The University of Edinburgh is not only renowned for its academic excellence, but also takes great pride in the athletic achievements of its students.

Edinburgh University Sports Union


Edinburgh University Students' Association

As a students' union, the Students' Association is an autonomous, student-led campaigning organisation that provides services, representation, and welfare support on behalf of its members - you. All students at the University of Edinburgh are automatically members of the Student's Association and have access to their services.

They were runner-up for the Higher Education Students' Union Award at the National of Union of Students (NUS) Awards 2016.

Edinburgh University Student's Association

Student Societies

The University of Edinburgh's societiesoffer you the chance to develop your interests, network and meet like-minded people. Joining a society is a fantastic way to make friends and develop skills while doing something you enjoy. 

Search over 260 societies, contact them directly to join in, or work with the Activities Team to set up a new society.

Student Societies

Peer Learning and Support

Peer Support activities are a great way to learn from fellows students and meet more people from your course. Whether you’re looking for study tips or some help settling in – you’re in the right place!

Peer Learning and Support


The Students' Association aims to make sure that your experience as a student is the best it can be. This is why elected Student Representatives (or "Reps") play such a crucial role in gathering your views about various aspects of your studies and University life in general.



Student Led Individually-Created Courses

Student-Led, Individually-Created Courses (SLICCs) offer you the opportunity to earn 20 academic credits for involvement in co- and extra-curricular experiences during your summer vacation.