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Student Support Fair

The University's Student Support Fair is an event at which many of the University's central support service representatives gather to display their information.

The Student Support Fair will take place in McEwan Hall on Friday 13th January 2023 from 12pm - 3pm

Students are encouraged to visit each of the central support services tables (see the list of services in attendance below). At each table, there will be opportunities to speak and ask questions to our helpful staff, pick up some free goodies and receive information about where you can go if you ever need ongoing or further support.  

This event is open to all students and especially welcomes all new students starting in January. 

You can attend at any point during 12pm - 3pm and stay for as long as you wish. No booking is required to attend. 

A BSL/English interpreter has been booked for this event. You can find them at the Disability and Learning Support stand. 

Video: Student Support Fair BSL Video
BSL video promoting the Student Support Fair.

 

Student Support Fair in McEwan Hall

Reasons to attend the Student Support Fair

This event took place for the first time during Welcome Week in September and the majority of students who attended found it to be extremely useful and were more confident in knowing where to find further support if required.

This event offers all students a unique opportunity to have in-person conversations about your own experiences and to gain a better understanding of all of the ways that the University can help you thrive at University, whatever you are studying and whatever stage you are at. 

 

'How-to' presentations 

Additionally, some of the representatives at the Student Support Fair are also hosting 30-minute 'how-to' presentations. The presentations will be 15 minutes with an opportunity to ask questions afterwards. These presentations are also taking place within McEwan Hall. 

  • How to manage Culture Shock, 12.30pm - 1pm
  • How to get involved at the University, 1pm - 1.30pm
  • How to manage your money, 1.30pm - 2pm
  • How to stay safe at the University, 2pm - 2.30pm

 

Whilst there is no booking to attend the main Student Support Fair, booking is required to attend any of the presentations due to limited capacity.

Booking is now closed (8.30pm, 12th Jan). You may still turn up at the session start time and if there are spaces available (due to others not showing up) then we will do our best to let you join, on a first come first served basis. Thank you. 

 

 

Preparing to attend the Student Support Fair

Along with information about what each service has to offer, it is recommended that you take a look at what each of the services offers below and use the opportunity to ask representatives to provide more information on anything of interest. Service representatives will be able to offer you lots of helpful tips and information as to how to best get involved in that service going forward. 

Student Support Services you can expect to see at this event: 

Advice Place

Meet the team that you would usually meet in the Advice Place in Potterrow.

You can find out more about:

  • Academic issues
  • Accommodation
  • Compliant and Conduct
  • Harassment, Crime and Safety
  • Money
  • Wellbeing

Advice Place

Careers Service

Meet the team that you would usually find in the Main Library and within your academic programmes.

You can find out more about: 

  • Finding a part-time job whilst studying (MyCareers Hub)
  • Help with writing CVs, cover letters, and applications and how to do well at online tests, interviews and assessment centres
  • Internship opportunities
  • Graduate job options
  • How to build up experience and expand your skills
  • Careers Compass Toolkits to explore career ideas
  • Reflection toolkits and resources to enable professional and personal development

Careers

Centre for Open Learning (COL)

Meet the team from the Centre for Open Learning (COL), that you would usually find in Paterson's Land, Holyrood Campus

You can find out more about: 

Academic Language and Literacies for In-Sessional Study (ALLIS) from our English Language Education Team (ELE)

  • Free non-credit courses for matriculated UG taught, PG taught and PhD Research students at the University of Edinburgh to develop understanding and practise academic language and literacy skills
  • ALLIS courses run during both academic semesters

Academic Language and Literacies for In-Sessional Study

Languages for All 

  • Find out how to take both credit and non-credit language courses 
  • No matter what you're studying, find out how to learn a new language or keep up an existing one – all credit-bearing courses are free, and matriculated students are entitled to a 33% discount on any Short Courses languages.

Languages For All

Chaplaincy

Meet the team that you would usually find in the Chaplaincy in Potterrow. 

You can find out more about: 

  • Listening Service
  • Activities organised to support wellbeing
  • Places of worship
  • Mindfulness programmes
  • Blogs, podcasts and reflections
  • Abundant Academy
  • Joining societies and groups 
  • The spaces available for  quiet time 

Chaplaincy

Counselling Service

Meet the team that you would usually find in the Health and Wellbeing Centre. 

You can find out more about:

  • How appointments are made
  • Services offered (one-to-one therapy, video appointments, email counselling, same-day appointments)
  • Self-help resources: Togetherall, Feeling Good App, SilverCloud
  • Crisis Support
  • Skills for Life and Learning
  • PAWS against stress (canine therapet events on-campus)

Counselling Service 

Development and Alumni

Meet the team that you will meet again after you graduate.

You can find out more about: 

  • The graduate community 
  • Alumni events and communications
  • Part-time jobs in fundraising
  • Joining the University's large online social network; Platform One 

Platform One

Digital Skills and Training

Meet the team that has put together lots of useful online training materials, webinars, and information to help you improve your digital skills.

You can find out more about: 

  • Digital Skills training in (not exhaustive list): 
      • Data skills
      • Microsoft products (Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Power BI, OneNote, Planner, OneDrive, Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
      • LinkedIn Learning
      • Reference Managers
      • Producing a Thesis or Dissertation in Word
      • Information Security
      • Programming
      • Wikipedia
  • Student internships and Edinburgh Awards in this area
  • Digital safety
  • Digital Skills Festival

Digital Skills and Training 

Disability and Learning Support Service

Meet the team that you would usually find in the Health and Wellbeing Centre. 

You can find out more about:

  • Guidance and support for any student with a disability, learning difference, neurodiverse or health condition that may affect studying
  • Arranging a schedule of adjustments
  • How to organise Disabled Student funding
  • Mental Health Specialists
  • Autism Spectrum (AS) Studeny Skills Specialists
  • Specialist proofreading
  • Provision of Assistive Technology

Disability and Learning Support Service

Edinburgh Innovations

Meet the team that you would usually find in the Student Enterprise Hub, Appleton Tower. 

You can find out more about:

  • Exciting events, workshops and masterclasses on all things entrepreneurial
  • Competitions with cash prizes and programmes offering structured support
  • The thriving entrepreneurial community at the University
  • Startup support with the friendly Edinburgh Innovations team

Edinburgh innovations

Equally Safe Team

Meet the team that you would be referred to if you ever require support or guidance in the event of sexual violence, abuse or harassment or other forms of gender-based violence.

You can find out more about:

  • How to contact the team directly (you can choose to make anonymous reports)
  • How we support students who have experienced sexual assaults, sexual harassment, relationship abuse, stalking, spiking
  • Code of student conduct
  • The Consent Collective
  • Online courses and training for students

Equally Safe 

Institute for Academic Development (IAD)

Meet the team that you would usually find in Morgan lane, Holyrood and also through various online training sessions.

You can find out more about:

  • How to get study advice and support
  • Good academic practice
  • Study skills development resources, workshops,  and training courses (for all levels of study)
  • How to access the 'Study Hub': online advice and downloadable learning resources, to help you develop more effective working and learning strategies 
  • Exam Bootcamp
  • Advice about academic reading, writing, planning, critical thinking, exams and dissertations
  • Support for Postgraduate Researchers: academic writing, academic presentations skills and research planning and management

Institute for Academic Development

Library Services

Meet the team that you would usually find in any of the University Libraries (mostly the Main Library).

You can find out more about:

  • Card Collection
  • EdHelp Services
  • How to find books, ebooks, journals, e-journals and more
  • Study spaces around the University
  • Library Facilities (printing, photocopying, cafe)
  • Academic Librarian support
  • How to access exam papers online
  • How to access cultural and heritage collections 
  • Makerspace facilities, events and workshops

Library Services 

Centre for Research Collections

MakerSpace

ResLife

Meet the team that support you in University-managed accommodation.

You can find out more about:

  • Events and activities organised to help you settle into your University accommodation and connect with others (during Welcome Week and beyond)
  • Facebook group communities
  • How the Resident Assistants offer advice and guidance on any issue
  • How the Resident Assistants can connect you with Residence Life Living & Wellness Coordinators and can signpost you to further services if required 

ResLife

Security/Crime Prevention

Meet the team 'in red' that you would usually find walking about campuses and are also accessible 24/7 by phone (0131 650 2257). 

You can find out more about:

  • Ways to protect yourself from crime
  • How to stay safe on campus and in Edinburgh
  • Ways to get help in an emergency (including out-of-hours times)
  • How to protect your possessions
  • Out-of-hours building access

Security 

Social Responsibility and Sustainability - unable to attend (as of 12th Jan)

Meet the team that you would usually find in the Bolier House in High School Yards and on various online training courses.

You can find out more about:

  • How you can improve your sustainability skillset and how to make a difference
  • Joining a network of staff and students in making the University more sustainable
  • Becoming a Sustainability Champion
  • Training courses (Carbon Literacy Training, Modern Slavery Training, Sustainability Leadership and Skills for Students)
  • Gain funding for sustainable projects
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Clubs and Societies that focus on sustainable issues
  • Climate action, Bioversity, Food, Responsible Investment

Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Sports & Exercise

Meet the team that you would usually find in the Pleasance Gym and other sports locations (St.Leonard's Land, Peffermill)

You can find out more about:

  • Sports facilities (Pleasance Sports Complex & Gym, St Leonard's Land Swimming pool & Gym, Peffermill Playing Fields, Easter Bush Gym, Firbush Outdoor Centre)
  • Keeping active
  • Gym memberships
  • About our performance sports
  • Classes, events, workshops and courses
  • FASIC Sport & Exercise Medicine Clinic
  • Indoor Climbing
  • Personal Trainers
  • Feel Good Walks

Sports & Exercise

Sports Union

Meet the team that you would usually find in the Pleasance Gym and other sports locations (St.Leonard's Land, Peffermill)

You can find out more about:

  • Range of sports clubs that you could join
  • Intramural Sport
  • Recreational Sport
  • Coaching Volunteering Academy
  • Performance Sports
  • Athlete Support

Sports Union

Students' Association

Meet the team that you would usually find in any Students' Association buildings; Potterrow, Teviot House, KB House, Pleasance, ECA, Peffermill.

You can find out more about: 

  • How the Students' Association is run by students and for students 
  • Welcome Week activities
  • Range of student groups and societies that you could join 
  • Student representatives (Programme, Liberation Officers, Sabbatical Officers)
  • PALS programmes
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Where to eat, drink and shop on campus
  • Get support for your own student activities
  • Joining Edinburgh Buddies
  • Finding/starting a social enterprise

Students' Association

Student Immigration Service

Meet the team that you would usually find in Old College (and in McEwan Hall during Welcome Week).

You can find out more about: 

  • Studying in Edinburgh on a visa
  • International Check-In & BRP Collection
  • Working in the UK

Student Immigration Service

Transport

Meet the team that you would usually find in Infirmary Street.

You can find out more about:

  • Shuttle Bus services from Central Campus to King's Buildings Campus
  • Getting around Edinburgh on public transport (including discounts and free travel options)
  • Cycling options and how to get a bike
  • Parking on campus
  • Sustainable ways to travel

Transport and Parking

Wellbeing Service

Meet the new team that you may be referred to if you encounter any wellbeing issues as a student. 

You can find out more about:

  • How the Wellbeing Advisors will be able to support you

Wellbeing Service 

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