Enhancing the Student Experience

What is the student experience?

The student experience encompasses many aspects of academic and intellectual development; social and emotional life; and the growth and refinement of cultural, political, sporting and artistic interests.

Our approach

We aim to ensure that all of our students have an exceptional and distinctive experience while at the University.

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We take a cohesive, inclusive and personalised approach to enhancing the student experience - one that encompasses all subjects, all modes of learning, all student services, and all parts of our estate.

The experience of being a student at the University of Edinburgh, from applicant to alumni should prepare you for life beyond your studies and begin a positive lifelong relationship with us.

What our students can expect

Students at the University of Edinburgh will benefit from excellent teaching, both on-campus and online, and a strong academic and pastoral support framework which responds effectively to the range of individual circumstances, experience, expectations and interests.

Extensive curricular and co-curricular opportunities include opportunities to study abroad, learn a language, and develop skills to improve employability such as gaining the Edinburgh Award or taking on a role as a student ambassador.

Students have access to excellent recreational and sports facilities and can enjoy membership of hundreds of student societies and sports clubs.

When leaving the University, our students should be equipped with the expertise and graduate attributes needed to achieve their full potential within the global community.

Our framework for enhancement

These key themes are where we seek to make significant improvements to the student experience.


We will sustain, support and create multiple communities within which our students can learn and develop.


We will ensure that our students engage with their studies and with the many opportunities available within the University through which they can develop graduate attributes and employability.


We will offer timely and helpful support to our students, pro-actively and reactively in order that they can fulfil their potential.


We will provide prompt and useful feedback to our students.


We will support and recognize good teaching practice across the University