Lesley Ross

Student Induction Manager

Contact details



Student Recruitment and Admissions, University of Edinburgh
33 Buccleuch Place

Post code


  • Monday - Friday: 09.00 - 17.00


I lead the Pre-Arrival and Induction team within Student Recruitment and Admissions.

As a team, we are responsible for coordinating and enhancing all of the pre-arrival and induction information and resources that are used and delivered across the whole University in order to help each new student to transition into their new university life as successfully and smoothly as possible. We do this in two main ways; coordinating and sharing PAI information internally across nearly every team in the University to guide consistency of knowledge and delivery and also in designing and delivering the essential information in many communication formats for the new students.

I am very passionate about constantly developing and enhancing how and what we communicate to our new students, before and at the start of their student journeys, so that they are equipped with all they need to settle in, feel valued and part of the University community. 

We split up our projects amongst the team and I project manage the following:

  • PG Welcome Events (inc. Services Fairs)
  • Parents' and Supporters' Info Events (Open Days, Post-Offer Visit Days, Online Sessions and Arrival Weekend)
  • January Induction (inc. co-managing Taste of Scotland)
  • New Student Communication Strategy (inc. New Student Website, University of Edinburgh new students Facebook group & @startingatUoEd twitter)
  • University Pre-Arrival and Induction (PAI) Sharepoint Site (launched April 2018)


MA Cultural Policy & Arts Management (UCD, Ireland)

BA Art History and Psychology (UCD, Ireland)

Responsibilities & affiliations


  • Chair of the Induction Coordination Group
  • Chair of the January Welcome Implementation Group
  • Member of the University Welfare Consultative Group
  • Member of the University Student Mental Health Strategy Implementation Group 
  • Member of the Sense of Belonging Task Group
  • Data Protection Champion for Pre-Arrival and Induction within Student Recruitment and Admissions


  • Professional Member of NODA (Association for Orientation,  Transition and Retention in Higher Education, USA)
  • Member of the Scottish Induction Professionals Network (SIPN)
  • Member of the Scottish Network of Studnet Experience/Student Comms
  • Aurora Leadership Participant (2018-2019)


  • Qualified Brownie Leader and Girlguiding District Treasurer for Merchiston and Gorgie District (inc. 137th Unit)
  • Regularly volunteer in Barnardos Retail Shop