New Students

Supporters of new students

The University of Edinburgh understands that as a supporter of a new student, you want what is best for them. We also recognise that you may have questions and concerns as your student makes this transition. The first year at university can be a great transition for new students as well as the people in their lives and we want to be sure that you feel supported through this journey too.


If you are a student who is a parent or has care responsibilities; there is support available to you through the Students' Association. The students with children or caring responsibilities page of the Student's Association website 

Parents' and Supporters' welcome talk and tea reception 

Saturday 8th September - McEwan Hall, 14.00 - 16.00

Sunday 9th September - McEwan Hall, 11.00 - 13.00 (repeat event)

This exclusive event will introduce you to the University of Edinburgh and the Students' Association, outline what changes your student can expect in their first year, and explore some of the ways that your student can prepare for any practical and unexpected changes during this time. This is followed by an informal tea reception with the opportunity to ask University and Students' Association staff your questions. All parents and supporters are welcome to attend and no registration is required. 

In order for us to be best able to tailor our information to you at the 'Parents' and Supporters' Welcome events', we would like to gather a general idea of your main questions and concerns. We will do our best to cover the main topics of queries during the talk itself but please note that there will be further opportunities to have your questions answered afterwards at the tea reception.

What is your question?

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. 

What happens next?

This section gives you a broad overview of what happens prior to arrival and during a student's time at Edinburgh

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.

Alumni Publications

Alumni Services publish a range of print and electronic publications for alumni and supporters of the University, including 'Edit' the Alumni Magazine and 'Edinburgh Friends'  for supporters of the University

Alumni Publications