Student news

2014 student news archive

Overview of all student news published in 2014.

2014 includes


Exam stress – top tips and events

As December exams approach - it’s important to take time out to think about ways you can make this period as stress free as possible.

University Carol Service 2014

The University Carol Service will be held in the McEwan Hall, Bristo Square, on Sunday 7th December at 7.00 p.m.

Have your say with eusay!

Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) has launched eusay, an online platform designed to improve student representation by giving you an easier way to share your views.

Startup accelerator workshop series 2015

Turn your good idea into a great opportunity at this five-part workshop series for postgraduate research students and staff.

EUSA 2014/15 Teaching Awards

Nominations are open for the EUSA 2014/15 Teaching Awards. Nominate the teachers, support staff, courses and learning communities that have inspired you this year.

UCU Assessment boycott - suspension of action

The University and College Union (UCU) have confirmed a suspension of all industrial action from the 20 November until after 15 January 2015.

Court meeting: 3 November 2014

The University Court had its most recent meeting on 3 November.

Run a Christmas craft stall

All students with a flair for arts and crafts are invited to run their own stall at this year’s University Christmas Craft Fair.

UCU Assessment boycott

The University and College Union have announced plans for an assessment boycott to start on 6th November 2014. This is because of an ongoing dispute between the Union and Universities nationally about changes to staff pensions.

Nominate your next University Rector

Students are invited to nominate candidates for the 2015 University of Edinburgh Rectorial Elections. Nominations can be submitted from 10 November 2014.

Run your own Innovative Learning Week event

Design and run your own event at our festival of creative learning and get up to £500 of funding.

Get six months free online support from the Big White Wall

After being successfully introduced last year, the University is offering more students free access to the Big White Wall. The site provides mental health and wellbeing support.

Complete the Race Equality Survey

As part of its on-going commitment to race equality the University has launched a survey for staff and students.

You said, we listened

Our University-wide 'You said, we listened' campaign keeps you informed about all of the issues the University has addressed in response to your feedback.

Online study with students from around the world

A unique opportunity has been created to study with students from all around the world from the comfort of your own room, whilst developing key critical thinking skills that will enrich your study.

Satisfy your sporty self: try something completely new

Feel as though you’ve missed out on joining a sports club this year? Fear not! Edinburgh University Sports Union (SU) is providing lots of opportunities for you to get involved.

Sample events in pre-Gather special

This semester get the Gather flavour and try these three special events planned for October and November, ahead of the main festival in March 2015.

Manage your digital footprint

Our current activity online can impact our future; so it’s important to be savvy, stay safe and be able to make the most of the opportunities available. Our Digital Footprint campaign is designed to help you do just that.

New Student? Tell us how it’s going so far

The University and Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) want to find out about your experience joining us as a new student.

Tell us why Edinburgh is your perfect match

Complete the sentence “The University of Edinburgh is my perfect match because…” on film, for the chance to win one of 10 University goody bags and a Tesco gift voucher.

Court meeting: 15 September 2014

The University Court had its most recent meeting on 15 September.

Research, researchers and media - a hands on approach to communicating your research

PhD and MSc by research students are invited to join us for an immersive three day course in broadcast media production from 2-4 October 2014.

The Edinburgh Award

The Edinburgh Award provides recognition to students for part time work, volunteering, and for playing an active role in the University community.

Careers Fair

The Careers Fair is a great chance to find out about potential career opportunities and meet employers keen to recruit Edinburgh students and graduates.

Tell us how you use social media

Complete a short survey to tell us how you use social media in your learning, and the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher.

Looking for a job?

Use MyCareerHub to search hundreds of vacancies and find the perfect part time job to fit around your studies.

How to succeed at university

Get a head start in your studies at the ‘How to succeed at university’ event on 24 September. Join us for an interactive session designed to help you build the skills you need to succeed and achieve in your studies.

Be a Gather volunteer

Get involved with Gather Festival to gain new skills, meet new people and celebrate the community of cultures on campus and in the city.

Get connected

Need help connecting your device to the University's wireless and VPN services? Pop into the Main Library from 8-16th September to get advice from Information Services.

DO the festival!

The Edinburgh Festivals offer students an amazing opportunity to participate in one of the world’s greatest celebrations of human intellect and creativity.

Transformation of ECA estate

Work is now underway on a six-year project to update Edinburgh College of Art’s (ECA) historic estate.

Good news for Edinburgh graduates

Edinburgh students have excellent employment prospects, a new survey confirms.

Enter the U21 photo competition to win $400

Submit your photos in the Universitas 21 International Photography Competition for the chance to win a cash prize.

Design the trophy for top engineering prize to win £2000

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is inviting young people to design an iconic trophy for the next winners of this prestigious £1 million global prize.

Court meeting: 23 June 2014

The University Court had its most recent meeting on 23 June.

Three Minute Thesis champions to do battle

Nine Edinburgh PhD students will compete in the Edinburgh final of the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) contest on Friday, 20 June.

LLC relocation: update

Staff and students within the School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures are in the process of relocating to the recently renovated teaching and learning space at 50 George Square.

Racial equality commitment

The University has signed up to a new UK-wide equality charter mark that aims to tackle racial inequalities in higher education.

University and EUSA win award for excellent international student support

The University and EUSA have been recognised for two highly successful projects aimed at supporting international students.

University Court: latest news

The University Court had its most recent meeting on 12 May.

Edinburgh Graduate Recruitment Fair

The Edinburgh Graduate Recruitment Fair is a great chance to find out about a range of jobs, courses, voluntary and travel opportunities open to you after graduation.

Longer summer opening hours for Main Library

We are delighted to announce that the Main Library building will open 07:30am to 00:00 midnight every day in July and August 2014.

Latin American Forum 2014

Students are invited to attend the third annual Latin American Forum at the Edinburgh University Business School on Tuesday 6th May. Guest speakers include some of the region's most recognized business, political and social leaders.

Concert hall steps back in time

St Cecilia’s Hall is set to transform into its 1940s ballroom setting as part of a three-day series of events this May.

Students commended for valuable contribution to charity

A team of enterprising Edinburgh students who took part in the TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) Tech Challenge have designed a software solution that will transform the way Scottish charity Edinburgh Cyrenians handle vital client data.

Submit your venture idea to Innovation Cup

The Innovation Cup is a business pitching competition for researchers, students, and graduates of the University of Edinburgh. It’s open to research or technology based business ideas or young business ventures.

Exam stress & wellbeing

Spring exams are in full swing - it’s important to take time out to think about ways you can make this period as stress free as possible.

The Undergraduate Awards - call for entries

Penultimate and final year students are invited to submit their coursework to the 2014 Undergraduate Awards Programme.

National Student Survey

There's still time for final-year undergraduate students to complete the independent National Student Survey and give views about the University of Edinburgh.

Find the perfect summer vacation job

Getting work experience during your summer break can be a great way of building your skills and professional experience, as well as earning some spare cash.

The Art of Science exhibition opens

As part of Edinburgh International Science Festival, a new exhibition featuring a life size hologram of the human body has opened at the University Visitor Centre near Bristo Square.

New fund offers students chance to go abroad

Do you have itchy feet? Would you like to do something interesting abroad this summer, but not sure whether you can fund it?

Got an idea that could change the way we live?

Share your innovative ideas at the Falling Walls Lab in Edinburgh, and win a trip to Berlin.

Edinburgh Student breaks world record in Atlantic row

Edinburgh Geography student, Luke Birch has broken a world record as part of the youngest team to row across the Atlantic.

ECA Fashion Show: exclusive student discount

Join Edinburgh College of Art for this year’s spectacular runway show and take advantage of an exclusive student discount!

New Student? Tell us how it’s going so far

The University and Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) want to find out about your experience joining us as a new student.

What is next for EUSA? Share your views to win £250

EUSA has launched their biggest research project ever, supported by the University. EUSA knows that you have opinions and ideas about the services they provide and how they operate, so they want to hear your thoughts on how they can change to be more relevant to you.

Virtual Learning Environments – student focus groups

Information Services are looking at the data inside our central Virtual Learning Environments (Learn and Moodle), to see what helpful ways of presenting it to staff and to students might be possible.

Court Vice-Convener appointed

The University has appointed Dr Anne Richards as Vice-Convener of Court.

Are you sitting comfortably?

Stay healthy while you study or relax with these simple steps.

Inspiring Women Competition

If you have ever been inspired, enthused or supported by a woman affiliated with the University, now is your chance to celebrate them with our Inspiring Women photography competition.

Gather Festival

Tai chi, chai tea and a football Tea Cup are all on offer as part of Gather, a new festival organised by the University of Edinburgh and EUSA.

Creative and Cultural Careers Festival

The Creative and Cultural Careers Festival (CCCF) is a brand new festival of events designed to give you a broader understanding of what it’s like to work in creative industries, cultural institutions and the media.

Complete your survey today

Your opinion is important to us.

Launch.ED - Get Innovating

Experience the way an entrepreneur has to think and act when faced with a real life challenge and get some practical experience of identifying real opportunities - including the potential to develop new products and services with real economic and social impact.

Launch of Employ.Ed on Campus 2014 Internships

The on-campus paid summer internship programme for 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students launches 7th February 2014.

Fundraising - give something back to a good cause

Raising money for a cause close to your heart is an incredibly rewarding experience, as law student Christy Cunningham is well aware.

Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 marks ten years of the University being a Fair Trade University.

Branch out in 2014!

Innovative Learning Week runs from 17-21 February online and on campus.

New Students: You Said, We Are…

In October 2013 the Student Induction Team and Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) asked all new undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) students to tell us about their experiences pre-arrival and in the first few weeks of semester.

Don't get caught out - beware of these scams

That perfect flat or job that seems too good to be true can be hard to resist, but beware of these common scams and avoid putting yourself at risk….

Study right this New Year

Best intentions to be organised, timely, and methodical with your study in 2014? We can help you get your study-related resolutions off to a strong start, with a range of resources to keep you on the right track.

Broaden your horizons in 2014

The University Chaplaincy offers a variety of events throughout the year. The Centre is open to all students, regardless of faith. We’ve selected some highlights that could spark something interesting for you this New Year.