Undergraduate study - 2022 entry
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Personal support: my story

Emily’s support network at the University includes her friends, the Student Disability Service and her Personal Tutor.

Emily Lynch
Emily Lynch, MA (Hons) History of Art

Every undergraduate student at Edinburgh has a Personal Tutor, a member of the teaching staff who provides academic guidance and support and can address any concerns that might affect your studies.

Your Personal Tutor is there to help you make the most of your studies as an individual as you progress through your university career.

My story

"I chose Edinburgh because I wanted to study in an environment completely different to what I was used to. Having grown up in London, I wanted to experience somewhere less overwhelming and less anonymous.

Edinburgh has this incredible lively, friendly vibe, that I am yet to find elsewhere, while being a smaller city where everything is within walking distance.

There are moments when you are homesick or it’s pouring with rain and you’re a bit grumpy, but I still get moments of disbelief that I am lucky enough to study here!"

Peer and staff support

"I turn to my friends when I have a challenging time purely because they are often going through the same thing. It is comforting knowing that you’re not alone in how you’re feeling.

The friends I have made have been more diverse than at school. You make friends with people from many different countries and get an insight into their culture and beliefs.

I go straight to my Personal Tutor or the Disability Service if there's a problem academically, that way I get the best possible advice and quick solutions!

My Personal Tutor is like my university mum. She is always on hand if I have any problems, whether academic or social. Having someone that knew my course and what it required but also got to know me personally was so important when it came to settling in and understanding how university works.

Having a great relationship with your Personal Tutor also makes you feel a lot less overwhelmed, particularly in first year when everything is so new."

Student Disability Service support

"I also use the Disability Service and definitely recommend them. You build a relationship with your mentor which means I have someone else I visit regularly who knows when I’m feeling overwhelmed and anxious and gives me advice on how to balance university work.

I don’t think I would be doing nearly as well academically without them!"

I go straight to my Personal Tutor or the Disability Service if there's a problem academically, that way I get the best possible advice and quick solutions!

Emily Lynch4th year, History of Art (MA Hons)

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As an Edinburgh undergraduate you'll have plenty of support to become an independent learner.  We’ve invested £4 million to enhance your student experience and provide advice and guidance that are second to none.

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