Enhancing the Student Experience

Delivering an outstanding student experience

Delivering an outstanding student experience is one of the key themes in the University's Strategic Plan 2012-16.

We aim to create the opportunities for our students to have an exceptional and distinctive experience which prepares them for life beyond their studies and which is the beginning of a positive lifelong relationship with the University.

To meet our aim we are:
combining our recognised teaching excellence with an outstanding student experience both on-campus and online
revitalising our academic and pastoral support framework
fostering in our students and alumni a real sense of belonging to a community of learners
taking a cohesive, inclusive and individualised approach to enhancing our student experience that encompasses all subjects, all modes of learning, all student services, and all parts of our estate
promoting student health, wellbeing and safety
equipping our graduates with the expertise and graduate attributes they need to achieve their full potential within the global community.

How will we achieve this?

Two students working together
  • Ensure staff have the skills and knowledge to respond effectively to the range of our students' circumstances, experience, expectations and aptitudes.
  • Raise students' awareness and take-up of curricular and co-curricular opportunities, such as studying abroad, learning a language or fulfilling student ambassador roles, and expanding provision of these opportunities.
  • Work in partnership with EUSA, and in other ways, to develop student peer support.
  • Promote and recognise students' participation in co- and extra-curricular activities which can contribute towards achievement of the Edinburgh Award, including student representation roles, work experience and helping with a peer-assisted learning scheme.
  • Provide high-quality and well placed learning and social spaces that support group and individual learning and form stimulating foci for the life of our academic community.
  • Provide inclusive and extensive recreational and sports facilities and supporting our student societies and sports clubs.
  • Take action in response to internal and external student feedback.
  • Broker strategic partnerships between academics, industry, specialists and other institutions to enhance the development of graduate attributes in all students.
  • Improve connectivity and liaison between Schools, Colleges and University-wide student support services, to better recognise and respond to the needs and expectations of our students, prospective students and graduates.
  • Create lifelong links with alumni, and between the University and the wider Edinburgh community, which are mutually beneficial and which bring richness to our student experience.