New Students

Principal's Welcome Ceremony

On the first day of Welcome Week, Principal Peter Mathieson welcomes all new students to the University community. For those who cannot be on-campus, the event will be live-streamed and recorded.

Professor Peter Mathieson

Wherever you are from in the world, whether you are an undergraduate student, postgraduate student, or online learner, you are welcome and part of the University community from day one.

The Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Mathieson, would like to officially welcome all new students to your new University community by inviting you to the 'Principal's Welcome Ceremony' on the first day of Welcome Week, Monday 12th September 2022. 

Peter will be joined by the current Student Presidents of the Edinburgh University Students’ Association and the Edinburgh University Sports Union amongst other speakers and performances. 

The event will take place in McEwan Hall on Bristo Square. Due to a large number of new students expected to be on-campus for Welcome Week, there are two identical versions of this event taking place on Monday 12th September 2022:

  • 1st event: 11:30 (doors open at 11:00)
  • 2nd (repeat) event: 14:30 (doors open at 14:00)

You should choose to attend the ceremony that does not clash with any of your school/programme induction activities.  

No booking is required to attend either of these events. However, it is strongly recommended that you arrive for the 'doors open' time as we would expect queues. 

For new students who cannot be on-campus for Welcome Week, you will be able to watch the second ceremony (14:30 BST) in real-time from the video below.  

Please ensure that you press 'click to unmute' to watch the ceremony with sound. 


Principal's Welcome Ceremony 2022 

Video: Principles Welcome 2022
Principles Welcome 2022

The recording is subtitled.