Literatures, Languages & Cultures

Student-Staff Charter

We believe that the best learning experiences happen when all participants are actively engaged in working together. To help facilitate this partnership, we've developed a Student-Staff Charter.

In the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, we see the relationship between students and staff as one of partnership.

Partnership for us means students working alongside staff in the classroom, in research, in the development of learning and teaching policy, and ultimately in building and maintaining a thriving academic community.

To help facilitate this partnership, our School has developed a Student-Staff Charter.

The Charter sets out the basic principles that govern our relationship, and acts as the foundation for your learning experience in LLC.

As members of staff in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures we will support you in your learning and help create an environment in which intellectual enquiry and independent learning can flourish. This means that we will:

  • provide you with clear information about course programmes, academic requirements, methods of assessment, resources and reading lists that you will need to complete your courses successfully
  • provide you with constructive formative feedback on your work and be available for further clarification
  • provide regular office hours and advertise them clearly
  • regularly check our emails and respond to your messages promptly, or provide you with an alternative in case of our absence
  • provide guidance on independent study and peer support
  • provide mechanisms for you to comment on the quality of your learning experience (e.g. through course questionnaires, staff-student liaison meetings and student surveys) and act, as appropriate, on your recommendations

As a student of the University of Edinburgh, I take full ownership and active responsibility for my learning and academic progress. This means that I will:

  • familiarise myself with the academic and administrative requirements of my degree as set out in the Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study, the Degree Programme Tables, course and programme handbooks and other information given to me
  • regularly attend, prepare for and participate in scheduled classes
  • actively engage with the feedback I receive for my work and ask for further clarification from tutors and markers where necessary
  • regularly check my student email account and course virtual learning environment for communications from my teachers and admin staff
  • promptly inform my teachers, Personal Tutor, Student Support Officers and/or administrative staff about any issues that affect my studies and, together with them, identify ways of addressing any negative effects these circumstances may have on my learning
  • help shape the learning environment by providing constructive comments on the content and organisation of my courses and programme (e.g. in course questionnaires, staff-student liaison committees, student surveys)