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A peer support group for postgraduate students.

CommuniTea is a postgraduate peer support group that aims to provide an informal space for all students on Easter Bush campus.

Meeting on a monthly basis, the overall purpose of CommuniTEA is to provide a safe place to discuss both the highs and lows of post graduate life, all with a cup of tea in hand.

In the past, CommuniTEA has also held sessions where students could learn from senior members of staff. For instance, Professor Colin Farquharson, Personal Chair of Skeletal Biology and Dean of Post-Graduate Research, was invited to discuss ‘PhD by publication’, aimed at students who were writing, or thinking about writing, their thesis.

During the Covid-19 lockdown, CommuniTEA continued discussions covering mental and physical health in lockdown, advice about getting back to work, and an informal Q&A with all the campus convenors alongside the Dean of the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and the Director of postgraduate research.

CommuniTEA was set up in 2019 with support from the Roslin Career Development Committee, and attracts groups of roughly 20-30 students encompassing all divisions of the institute as well as Scotland’s Rural College.

Upcoming sessions are communicated through email and everyone is welcome to attend.