Student Systems

Registration FAQs

View our frequently asked questions about registration.

Frequently asked questions

  Why do I have to register to study?

All students, including continuing students, are required to matriculate each academic year. Registration is one step in matriculation and must be completed each year of your studies from 2020/21.  Registration is also required to make loan payments to you.

  How do I access my registration?

You should receive an email containing a link which will take you to annual registration. Alternatively, you can also access annual registration from the links available within MyEd > Accounts > Progression > My student record.

  Why am I required to register seperately for different programmes?

Each programme has separate progression and engagement requirements. This requires that the information be collected from you for each programme. In addition, if you require a visa, the immigration compliance requirements for each programme is separate, requiring you to register separately for each programme. The new registration application strives to simplify your experience by pre-populating your information in the fields if the University has previously captured them. You may still need to confirm this information for each programme.

  How do I navigate within the registration application?

Registration gathers your programme, personal and contact details, in addition to providing information on the university regulations. It has been designed as a form with a question on each page. To the left, you will find the section navigation with the different section headers. You can select the section headers to navigate to the desired sections. These section headers display the number of questions completed of the total questions in the section. Upon completing a question or section, you will see a tick mark next to the appropriate question or section, respectively.

Navigation within application

The centre of the screen presents the question with text boxes or other form fields required to answer the question. After answering each question you may either ‘Save and Continue’ to the next question to progress with the registration process, or ‘Save and exit’ at the bottom of the question. Selecting ‘Save and exit’ will provide you an option to then log out of annual registration. Alternatively, you may go back to the previous question by clicking on the ‘Back’ link available above the question.

  Why do I need to provide both a term-time and a permanent home address?

A term-time address is used to contact you during the term. The university will contact you on your permanent home address outside the term. Providing both these addresses allows the university to be able to contact and support you in a timely fashion.

  Why must I provide an emergency contact?

Having emergency contact information allows the university to contact people nominated by you so that we can inform them of situations that need immediate action. This may be in the case of a life-threatening situation and being able to contact the right people quickly enables the university to take appropriate action for your wellbeing.

  Who are the Higher Education Ststistics Agency (HESA)?

The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited (HESA) collects and disseminates data about higher education to UK statutory bodies such as the Scottish Government, Department of Education and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). HESA is the designated data body of England and publish data on all aspects of the higher education sector. Under Section 22 of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005, higher education providers such as the University of Edinburgh are required to provide the Scottish Funding Council with information that is gathered by HESA and similar agencies.

For more information on HESA visit https://www.hesa.ac.uk/

  What happens if I do not complete registration?

Registration is required to complete the matriculation process and continue your programme at the university. Without registering you will not be able to continue with your programme.

  What else do I need to do to complete matriculation?

View an overview of matriculation and the steps involved: matriculation explained.

  Who do I contact for additional support/guidance?

For additional support about the registration application use the ‘Contact us’ button within annual registration.

For questions related to your programme of study, contact your college’s admissions office. If you are a continuing student you may contact your School office for questions about your programme of study. Below are links to the different admissions offices.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS)

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

College of Science and Engineering  

  If I exit registration is my progress saved?

Yes, your answers will be saved when you exit annual registration by selecting ‘Save and exit’ so that you can return to complete your registration.

  If I exit annual registration will I be logged out of my university account?

Clicking on the ‘Save and exit’ button in the registration application does NOT log you out of your university account. It will save your answers and take you to the exit screen. Once you select the ‘Save and exit’ link, you may select to navigate back to ‘My student record’ within MyEd or logout of the university applications using the buttons at the bottom of the screen. Please logout of the university applications after you are finished working on public machines.

Log out page
  Is the registration application accessible to assistive technologies?

Annual registration has been developed with all users in mind so that it is easily accessible. 

  How do I change my programme of study?

If you are a new student and wish to change your programme of study you must contact the College admissions office for further details. If you are a continuing student you may contact your School. Below are links to the different admissions offices.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS)

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

College of Science and Engineering  

  How do I defer entry into the programme of study?

Your start date is based on the offer of admission and it may not be possible to defer your start date.  You will need to discuss your options with your College’s admissions office. Below are links to the different admissions offices.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS)

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

College of Science and Engineering  

  How do I decline my offer to study in the programme that is listed in the registration application?

If you are a new student joining the programme, you may decline your offer to study in a programme by selecting this option within the registration application.

Declining your place on the programme will remove your place in it. Please note that once this option is selected you will not be able to reinstate your place on the programme. If you are accepted into multiple programmes you will need to decline your place in each programme separately. 

If you are a continuing student in the programme and would like to decline your programme or change the details for it, please contact your school office.

  Why do my HESA questions differ from other students?

HESA determines the list of questions asked depending on your demographics.

  I have previously provided the University with some of this information, why is it showing blank?

Your answers to HESA questions may be blank because HESA answer options are updated often requiring you to provide accurate data by selecting from the new list of options.

  If my details change through the academic year what do I need to do?

If your personal and contact details change during the academic year it is highly recommended that you update your contact details by going to MyEd > Accounts > Profile and Personal Details > Contact details. This allows the university to be able to support you during the term and in emergencies.

  Why is my start date showing as the first day of the month when I have been advised that my start date is during the month?

Most programmees have a 1st of the month start date by def.  You may have been given permission during the Admissions process to start later in the month.  If you are concerned about the start date please contact the Admissions department who dealt with your Admission. You will find links to the University’s Colleges Admissions contacts via the link below:

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS)

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

College of Science and Engineering  

  The start / end dates shown are incorrect. How do I get this changed?

Your start date is based on the offer of admission and the end date is based on the duration of study and whether Full or Part time.  If you believe that the programme details are incorrect, you need to discuss this with a member of professional services in the School or College you will be joining.  You will find details on University’s Colleges Admissions contacts via the link below:

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS)

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

College of Science and Engineering  

If you already know your named contact in the School, this could be your Personal Tutor or Programme Director or Supervisor, you should contact this person to discuss your programme details.

  When can I choose my courses?

You will be able to discuss your course selection with your school contact. If you already know your named contact in the School, this could be your Personal Tutor, Programme Director or Supervisor, you should contact this person to discuss your course details. Path is a visual course selection and programme builder tool to aid course choice.  Path allows students to consider their degree pathway, review outside course choices where relevant, understand co-requisites and prerequisites and generate a timetable.  For some Schools, you can pre-select course choices and send to your personal tutor to aid the discussion around course choice. Path can be accessed via the link below (requires Your University Login authentication):

Path

  When or how do I find out who my School contact is?

A named contact (Personal Tutor / Programme Director or Supervisor) will be allocated by the School you are joining.  Once allocated, this will be visible in the Programme page within your My Student Record channel via the MyEd portal.  Information on how to use Self Service is available on th page linked below:

My Student Record

  How do I view programme or personal details within MyEd?

You can view your student record from MyEd by going to the menu Accounts > Progression > My Student Record. You can then view various parts of your record by navigating through the tabs in the menu on the left-hand side.

My Student Record