Student support and experience
Our dedicated School student experience team act as the first point of contact for all elements of student support, including pastoral care.
Student Support and Experience
The University of Edinburgh wants to be able to offer the level of support students need to enable them to grow, develop and succeed during their time here.
Feedback from students and staff showed that while the current student support model was effective in some areas, there remained scope for improvement in our overall provision of support for students.
We have created our new model by integrating ideas from hundreds of students and staff. The new model will provide consistent and enhanced support, with staff who are specially trained to support you.
All students from academic year 2023/24
- You will have an assigned Student Adviser who is a trained expert in guiding and supporting you across your university experience – Student Advisers are your first point of contact. They will work with Academic Teams, Cohort Leads and central services to ensure you receive the best possible support and relevant information.
- Academic staff and teaching teams will play an active role in your induction, studies and academic progress, and you will be able to access additional academic support as part of enhanced student support teams in your School.
- Cohort Leads will work with groups of students to foster a sense of community and provide the connection between you and your programme, through group based events and activities.
- Working alongside your Student Adviser, Wellbeing Advisers will provide you with support, as well as the University’s wellbeing services such as Student Counselling and the Student Disability Service.
- Student Advisers will provide preventative support for all, with specialist support where required
- You will be able to get support for any issues you’re experiencing that may be impacting your health, wellbeing, studies or personal life.
- Your Student Adviser will work with you if you need further information or access to other university services.
Peer Learning and Support
Peer Learning and Support Schemes (PALS) are run by students for students.
PALS student leaders provide student attendees with not only a great place to meet new people, but also plan and run academic study sessions to support their peers on topics such as:
- course content
- assessments such as essays and exams
- study skills and autonomous learning
- and much more
PALS student leaders facilitate discussions and run structured activities and build a supportive academic community across years groups.
You can find out more about PALS groups within the School of GeoSciences on the EUSA website.
Community Building and Societies
Community Building for Ecological and Environmental Science students, as well as other university students with similar interests such as sustainability, the environment, and conservation.
One of the university’s oldest and largest societies – from academic talk and careers events to socials and charity nights, there’s something for everyone!
GeosSoc hosts a variety of events throughout the year for Earth Science students including scavenger hunts, pub crawls, games nights and academic events.
Additional support is available from outside the School of GeoSciences from many university services.
Institute for Academic Development (IAD)
The IAD website contains resources with advice about studying techniques and good academic practice. The IAD also run workshops on topics like time management and preparing for exams, and offer one-to-one consultations.
The Advice Place is run by the student association, EUSA, and offers an independent and impartial source of information and advice. They can help with everything from academic matters to finance and accommodation.
If you have a disability (e.g. recognised learning difference, health condition, or chronic illness) the University's student disability service can arrange support for you.
If you are offered a place to study here and you have declared a disability, you should contact the Service as early as possible so they can make arrangements for the start of your studies
The Student Counselling Service
Our free, confidential service provides professional short-term help for students.
The Residence Life team provides support to those staying in University accommodation.
A safe and welcoming service for people of all faiths and none, offering a broad range of well-being resources.
The Health Centre
The University Health Centre is an independent NHS partnership. To use this service you must register with the practice and live within the practice area.
The centre offers:
- comprehensive medical care
- contraceptive advice
- antenatal services
- child welfare services
- nursing services