School of Informatics

Teaching quality

The School of Informatics has a first-rate reputation for teaching having received a top ‘excellent’ rating in the most recent Teaching Quality Assessment exercise.

It is also regularly nominated for the Edinburgh University Students Association teaching awards, as nominated by students, and has previously won the award for being the best overall department. We also currently rank 9th in the Times Higher Education European Teaching Rankings 2019.

 European Teaching Rankings 2019

Support for teaching and the learning environment

As an Informatics student, you will not only be taught by some of the leading academics in the field but you will also have access to significant support throughout your study duration.

Services include:


A student helpdesk staffed by Informatics course tutors and graduate students who will provide extra support and advice on all Informatics taught courses for year 1 and year 2 students. The sessions happen every week during semester time and take place in Appleton Tower.



InfPALS is a peer support system for 1st year Informatics students including topics around courses but also general topics related to Informatics. InfPALS starts in Week 3 of each semester. Learn more about InfPALS on the website below: 

InfPALS Website 

Personal tutors

An allocated member of staff who will guide and advise you on course and programme choices as well as reviewing your progress throughout your studies.

Personal tutors

The Informatics Teaching Organisation (ITO):

A dedicated administrative team who act as the first point of contact for student enquiries and will help with timetabling issues, coursework and submissions. They are based on the 6th of Appleton Tower (the Informatics student building).

Informatics Teaching Organisation

For further information including our ‘Teaching Review’ please visit our quality assurance pages:

Quality assurance