Students

We're listening

Your feedback helps us enhance the student experience.

We want to make sure that our staff and students have a great experience at the University of Edinburgh.

We listen to and act on your comments through surveys, mid-course feedback activities, and end-of-year Course Enhancement Questionnaires.

Through our new 'Have Your Say' suggestion box, you can tell us how we can make staff or student experience better: what’s working well and how could we improve? All of your suggestions will be taken into consideration and improvements will be posted here periodically in the table below.

Topic You said... We did... More information
Teaching spaces You wanted better teaching spaces that are fully accessible.

To enhance the teaching and learning experience, renovations at the Lister Learning & Teaching Centre, which opened earlier this year, will offer fully accessible classrooms, study spaces, and lecture theatres, with capacity for 900 students.

Work is now under way on the Murchison House project at King’s Buildings, which will deliver a new student-facing learning and teaching hub in 2019, integrating student services and café provision.

Learning and teaching centre opens its doors
Study spaces

You wanted more flexible study spaces accessible whenever you need them.

The Main Library is now open 24/7, and more than 350 study spaces have been created. Appleton Tower has been transformed with spaces for students and teaching. Further work is planned to increase the number of study spaces centrally and across the estate. Main Library to open 24/7
Lecture recording

You wanted to be in control of when and how you catch up on lectures.

The University’s new lecture recording service is becoming available in more classrooms across campus, which can be another resource available for studying and revising. It is now available in over 140 rooms and over 6,000 lectures have already been recorded.

Teaching underway with Media Hopper Replay

Mid-course feedback

You wanted a more consistent approach to course feedback.

All courses now carry out mid-course feedback so you have the chance to say what is going well in the course and how it can improve. More information about mid-course feedback
The Pleasance

You wanted better spaces for socialising and for societies to meet.

After a £6 million pound refurbishment, the completely renovated Pleasance complex has re-opened with new events spaces, an improved café and bar, and better accessibility.

Student hub re-opens after £6m upgrade

Wellbeing You wanted better access to counselling services.

The Student Mental Health Strategy has been launched to improve support for students and promote initiatives around health and wellbeing. A new counselling centre has opened at Moray House Lodge. A further £140,000 investment has been committed to student counselling services between 2016 and 2018.

The Big White Wall – a mental health and wellbeing support website – has been launched with free access to all students and staff. It gives access to a safe online community with trained professionals providing support.

Improved facilities for the Counselling and Disability Services will be hosted in a new Health and Wellbeing Centre in Bristo Square.

Student News - Changes enhance our student experience
Career skills

You wanted more flexible access to career advice, support and training.

The Careers Service has increased online sessions by 50%, created bite-sized sessions on popular topics, and introduced School-specific starting points for exploring careers. Drop-in slots to see a Careers Consultant are now available in most Schools.

To assist with job applications, it has introduced a bookable video booth in their Main Library office and created a new online session on preparing for video interviews.

The Careers Service and the Students' Association have joined forces make the Third Sector Jobs Careers Fair even bigger.
University of Edinburgh Careers Service
Cafés

You wanted nicer places to eat with a better selection of options.

A range of new cafes have been opened including Brucks Street Kitchen and a new food truck at King’s Buildings, and AT Fresh in Appleton Tower.

This year we will be launching Tuk Truk 2 which will be located at different locations around the University, and refurbishing the café in Edinburgh College of Art.

Accommodation, Catering and Events: Our cafés
Student voice

You wanted better representation on developments across the University.

Our new Student Partnership Agreement sets out how the University will continue to work with the Students’ Association to improve the Edinburgh experience. 

This includes a clear policy on the Student Voice setting out the main mechanisms for feedback and improvements to the Class Rep system.

Student Voice - How we gather and use your feedback

Related links

Have Your Say

Student Voice

Student Surveys

National Student Survey