New Students

Principal's Welcome Ceremony 2021

The Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Mathieson, with other members of the University community, have recorded an exclusive video to officially welcome all new students to the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Peter Mathieson

Watch our exclusive Welcome by the Principal 

Video: Principal's Welcome Ceremony 2021
Principal's Welcome Ceremony 2021 (With BSL and Subtitles)

On behalf of all students, staff and alumni at the University of Edinburgh, huge congratulations on your successful application and a very warm welcome.

The extraordinary circumstances of the Covid19 pandemic have changed all aspects of our lives, and the start of your university experience will be no exception. We fully recognise that if you are joining us straight from school, you will have also experienced disruption in your schoolwork, exams etc as well as your personal lives, during a period in which we have all had to adapt to a new and often uncertain world. However, there is one thing of which I remain certain: a degree from the University of Edinburgh will be seen for the rest of your lives as a badge of distinction and a passport to further opportunities. We know this because we have over 430 years of experience on which to base that conclusion!

You have earned your place at one of the world’s great universities and you should be very proud of that. Now the challenge is to capitalise on that opportunity, make yourselves the best that you can be, work with other members of the university community to help to make the world a better place.

Top tips to remember when starting university:

  • Cherish the wonderful opportunity that you have earned for yourself, apply yourself to your studies and make sure you take advantage of everything the University offers to help you during your time here.
  • Take opportunities and embrace new ideas in your studies, extra-curricular activities, and personal life. Try something new and explore - you will never again get an opportunity like this one.
  • Celebrate differences, seek out different cultures, subjects and interests and be open to different points of view. Be kind to others.
  • Look after yourself, you are not alone: don’t be afraid to ask for help. During your time at university, you will face challenges. They could be academic, financial, or social, and may test your confidence.  There are many people here to help you - your wellbeing is a priority for us.
  • Enjoy Edinburgh as much as you can in the circumstances, it is a beautiful city. Learn about its rich history and most importantly have fun whilst staying safe.