New Students

Parents and supporters of students

Information for parents and supporters of students about the support available to new students as they transition into University.

We understand that as a parent or supporter of a student, you want what is best for them and you may have questions and concerns as your student starts University this September, regardless of whether they are just starting or continuing their studies. 

We want to tell you about the ways in which the University of Edinburgh is preparing to welcome your students for this academic year. We want to reassure you that, whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has created much uncertainty around the world, we are committed to ensuring that our students will be able to start their studies in September and we have fully embraced the challenge of education in a physically distanced but digitally connected world. 

Join us for an exclusive University of Edinburgh information session for parents and supporters:

Wednesday 19th August, 18:00 (BST) (90 mins)

Where: MS Teams Live event (booking required to gain access) 

Book your place and ask your questions 


This online session will be approximately 90 minutes and will include presentations from senior members of staff and representation from our students.

The panel includes:

  • Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University
  • Professor Colm Harmon, Vice-Principal Students
  • Ellen MacRae, Students' Association President
  • Katie Macdonald, Sports Union President
  • Gavin Douglas, Deputy Secretary - Student Experience 

This session will be recorded. 


We want to ensure you have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel. If you have a question you’d like to submit in advance please enter through the booking form (link above) and we will make sure the most frequently asked questions are addressed during the session.  Due to the large number of participants we are expecting to join us, we may not be able to answer all questions on the day. We will, however, answer all questions and update this webpage after the session. 

Please note: that this session will be focused on studying at Edinburgh, what to expect from hybrid learning and teaching and what you can expect from our student services. If you do have questions on other topics – such as admissions or clearing – we will not be able to cover these during this session but would be very happy for you to get in touch with us directly at



There is further support and information available to you if you are a student with caring responsibilities:

Student Parents

Student Carers 

The University's relationship with students

The University of Edinburgh's approach to our relationship with our students recognises their status as adults—even those who have not yet reached the age of 18. 

Starting University

Information about what to expect when your student starts University

Supporting your new student

New students will experience many highs and lows as they transition into their new lives as a student, it is important that they maintain their support structures and connections with their supporters.

Career prospects

Employers are looking for well-rounded students, who have made the most of their time at university to develop skills and experiences.

Related Links

New Students homepage

Semester Dates

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