School of GeoSciences

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 is committed to providing the support students need to grow, develop, and succeed during their time here. In the academic year 2021/22, we introduced a new model of student support, developed with input from students and staff. The new model ensures consistent and enhanced support, delivered by specially trained staff.

As a student, you will have access to:

  • Assigned Student Advisera trained expert who will guide and support you throughout your university experience. They are your first point of contact and will collaborate with Academic Teams, Cohort Leads, and central services to provide the best possible support and relevant information
  • Cohort Leads: these individuals work with groups of students to foster a sense of community and act as a bridge between you and your programme through group events and activities
  • Academic Staff and Teaching Teams: they will actively participate in your induction, studies, and academic progress. You will also have access to additional academic support through enhanced student support teams within your School
  • Wellbeing Advisers: working alongside Student Advisers, they offer enhanced support - including working with other central services, such as Student Counselling and the Student Disability Service

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.

Find a student group

​​​​​Community Building and Societies

Community BEES

Community Building for Ecological and Environmental Science students, as well as other university students with similar interests such as sustainability, the environment, and conservation.

Community BEES

Geographical Society

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!

Geographical Society

Geoscience Society

GeosSoc hosts a variety of events throughout the year for Earth Science students including scavenger hunts, pub crawls, games nights and academic events.

Geoscience Society ​​