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Contents Meet Your Sabbatical Officers


Get Started 07 Your Studies 13 Get to Know Edinburgh


Welcome 02


Get Involved 27 Your Wellbeing 41 Help and Support


Directory 53



Welcome Welcome to the University of Edinburgh! We’re proud to be home to a vibrant postgraduate community, with lots of opportunities for you to develop skills and experience, meet new people and explore this beautiful historic city while you study.

Like all students here, you’re automatically a member of Edinburgh University Students’ Association. We’re your Students’ Association and here to help make the most of your experience. We’re run by students, for students, and we represent everyone who studies at the University of Edinburgh, so make sure you get involved! However long you’ll be with us, you can choose from a huge variety of societies and groups to join; you can boost your studies and employability prospects by accessing our peer learning and support networks; and you can play your part in shaping the university experience for over 35,000 students by participating in our student elections, including dedicated postgraduate representative roles for every school. Our wide range of shops, catering outlets, award winning bars and clubs and four unbeatable Students’ Association venues are yours to use and enjoy. This guide is here to help you know what to expect as you begin your postgraduate studies. Don’t forget to check out your What’s On Guide for details of the hundreds of fantastic events lined up for Welcome Week, including some especially for postgrads. You can also find more information at and, from August, visit the University’s New Student events website at to download the University of Edinburgh Events app. There’s a handy directory at the back of this guide, with contact details for useful organisations both on and off campus, and the University also has lots of checklists and handy information at Taking on a postgraduate degree is a big step, but we’re here to help every step of the way. Whether you’re transitioning from an undergraduate programme, returning to study a long time after you left education, or moving to Edinburgh from another part of the UK or overseas, we can help you make the most of your experience. You can drop into the Advice Place or get in touch with your Sabbatical Officers or other elected representatives, and there are details in the directory of lots of support organisations. We hope you’re looking forward to getting started — see you soon!






Meet Your Sabbatical Officers Every year, four students are elected to serve as Sabbatical Officers. These students run your Students’ Association and represent you to the University and other organisations. You can find out more about our representation structures (including dedicated postgraduate representation) and activities on page 29 of this guide and at, but in the meantime, say hello to your 2016/17 Sabbatical Officers!

Alec Edgecliffe-Johnson PRESIDENT /EdUniStudentsAssociationPresident @eusapresident

I’m here to support and represent you on all aspects of academic life, from learning materials and study spaces to exams and assessments, academic support and everything in between! To get off to the best possible start, make sure you attend your introductory sessions, as well as meeting your Personal Tutor or supervisor. If you have any questions, you can get excellent academic advice and support from the Advice Place in Potterrow or King’s Buildings House.



Like the whole sabbatical team, I’m here to help make our overall university experience the best it can be! I’ll be working hard on your behalf on a whole range of issues, and if you need anything, I can point you in the right direction, be a sounding board for ideas and try to help with any concerns. I hope you enjoy your time at Edinburgh and come to think of your Students’ Association as your home from home while you’re here!

Patrick Garratt VICE PRESIDENT ACADEMIC AFFAIRS /VicePresidentAcademicAffairs @eusavpaa

VICE PRESIDENT SERVICES /VicePresidentServices @eusavps

I’m here to represent you on issues of welfare and equality and diversity, as well as looking after societies and volunteering with our Activities team. There’s so much to get involved in here at Edinburgh, so make sure you check out the Sports and Activities Fairs during Welcome Week, and read the handy info in this guide to get off to the best possible start. Remember the Advice Place is always there to help if you’re not sure where to turn.

I oversee the commercial services offered by your Students’ Association, including the events, bars, and shops in our four venues: Potterrow; King’s Buildings House; The Pleasance; and Teviot Row House — the oldest purpose built students’ union in the world! I also work to make sure sustainability is embedded in our services. Our Welcome Week events programme is a great chance for you to sample student life here at Edinburgh, so get out there and get involved!


Jenna Kelly

Jess Husbands

VICE PRESIDENT SOCIETIES AND ACTIVITIES /VicePresidentSocietiesActivities @eusavpsa





University Induction and Registration Welcome Week is a great time to meet people and try out new activities — but make sure you take time to cover the essentials too! You can find lots of helpful information and checklists on the University website at


Induction meetings

You need to matriculate in order to be formally admitted to the University of Edinburgh. This involves doing three things:

There are likely to be compulsory induction meetings for your programme of study during Welcome Week — these may involve choosing your courses or modules for the year. You can find a list of these meetings on the University website at

AA Registration — you need to complete the online matriculation form on MyEd, which includes making arrangements for payment of your tuition fees. You’ll receive an email before you start telling you how to complete registration AA Meeting with your Personal Tutor or Supervisor — your College or School will be able to give you more details about arranging this meeting AA Fulfilling any admission criteria set out by your College

For further guidance on the matriculation process, visit the Student Systems website

University student card The University requires that you have a student card, which serves as your student ID, library card and allows you access to some University buildings. When your place at Edinburgh is confirmed, you’ll receive an email to the personal email account you used during the admissions process, which will detail how to submit a photo online to allow your card to be produced. If you are staying in University accommodation, your card will be given to you when you collect your keys. If not, you can collect your card from the Main Library in George Square during Welcome Week.

University email account You will need to activate your University email account, which will be used for all communications from staff, the University and your Students’ Association, so make sure you check it regularly or set up a redirect to your most used account. For guidance on how to activate your account, visit



Embarking on a postgraduate degree can be a daunting experience, no matter your circumstances, but don’t worry, there are plenty of opportunities to meet people and settle in during Welcome Week and beyond. Once you’ve taken care of the essentials for induction and registration, it’s time to explore the University, the city and all the opportunities on your doorstep! If you’re here during Welcome Week, (10-17 September) make sure you check out some of the great events we have planned for you. From See the City tours to music and comedy, and a number of special postgrad only events, they’re a great way to get to know people and settle in. Full event listings are available in your What’s On Guide and online at as well as the official Students’ Association app (from September), and postgrad students are welcome at all events, not just those specifically aimed at postgrads. You can also find all the information you need to start exploring this fantastic city in the Get to Know Edinburgh section of this guide. The Postgraduate Welcome Event will take place on Tuesday 13 September in the Festival Theatre, close to Central campus. This event is open to all new postgraduate students and follows on from the University-wide Welcome Event which takes place in the afternoon on Monday 12 September. As well as welcoming you to the University, it will provide you with an opportunity to network with other new students and meet staff from key support services in the University and your Students’ Association.

As well as attending any induction meetings in your programme of study, why not see if there’s a Society or Postgraduate Social Club for your subject and head along? Getting to know more people from your course can help you build up a valuable support system for your time here. Find out more about our Societies in the Get Involved section of this guide, where you can also find out about opportunities in volunteering, sport and language programmes.


Welcome Week

Download the University of Edinburgh Events app and you’ll have all you need to know about Welcome Week at your fingertips! From August, you can find the download link on the New Student events website students/new-students/events. You can use it to create your own Welcome Week schedule. There are various events throughout the year to help you settle into academic and community life here, helping you get the most out of your studies. Find out more at events-throughout-year. Don’t worry if you arrive after Welcome Week, there’s lots going on all year round! Check out uk/whatson for details of the latest events, and remember you can join societies and volunteering groups at any time. The International Office organises additional events for international students — find out more at


Freshers’ Wristband GET STARTED

The Freshers’ Wristband is the hot ticket you need during Welcome Week! Freshers’ Wristbands are available exclusively to new undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Edinburgh, and the more Welcome Week events you attend, the more you save! AA If you want to be at the hottest parties in town, come to the Freshers’ Ball, Big Cheese featuring Reggie & Bollie, the Big Ceilidh at Potterrow, Game of Thrones Rave with HODOR and catch Lawson live, and save £15 with your Freshers’ Wristband AA Get a flavour of your new home and save £8 when you use your Freshers’ Wristband to come to the Freshers’ Ball, Meet the Brewer, Meet the Distiller, Cocktails and Cupcakes, two See The City tours and catch hot Scottish band Fatherson

AA Or sample a bit of everything on offer and use your Freshers’ Wristband to come to the unmissable Freshers’ Ball, a See the City tour, a live show from hypnotist Adam Night, live gigs with Lawson and Ed Gamble and the Beach Party at Potterrow, saving yourself £16 There’s no limit on how many events you attend with your Freshers’ Wristband, so get yours now and prepare for a Welcome Week to remember! All events and Students’ Association venues will remain open to non-wristband holders, although tickets will need to be purchased for some events — check out your What’s On Guide for details. Wristbands cost £40 and can be purchased in advance from Look out for great value bundles combining your wristband with University of Edinburgh t-shirts, hoodies, diaries and NUS Extra cards! If you buy a wristband only you can collect it from Pollock Halls on Saturday 10 or Sunday 11 September or from the Welcome Week Box Office in Teviot Row House garden any day during Welcome Week.



Bundles can only be bought in advance while stocks last, and will be ready for you to pick up from the Welcome Week Box Office in Teviot Row House garden, which is open throughout Welcome Week. If you’ve purchased a bundle and want to get your hands on your wristband as soon as possible, you can pick up your wristband at Pollock Halls on Saturday 10 or Sunday 11 September, and pick up the rest of your bundle later in the week at the Box Office. Pick up hours at Pollock Halls are 11am-8pm on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September. The Welcome Week Box Office in Teviot Row House garden will be open 9am-9pm every day during Welcome Week. You can also buy wristbands from the Welcome Week Box Office when you arrive. Look after your wristband, as they cannot be replaced if lost, and we won’t be able to accept any wristbands that have been altered. It’s your ticket to an unforgettable Welcome Week! YOUR FRESHERS’ WRISTBAND ALSO GETS YOU:* AA Free bottle of water with any purchase in any Students’ Association shop (all day) AA Free bacon roll in the New Amphion, Teviot Row House (9am-11am)** AA 2 for 1 pizza in the Library Bar, Teviot Row House (4pm-9pm)

AA Half price nachos in the Dome Café, Potterrow (all day)

AA Half price hot drinks in King’s Buildings House and JCMB (all day) *Terms and conditions: Redeem at point of sale by showing your Freshers’ Wristband. Valid 10-17 September only. Subject to availability. Discounts have no cash value. One redemption per offer per day. Students’ Association shops are at David Hume Tower, Potterrow, Pollock Halls, King’s Buildings House and King’s Buildings Centre. **Vegetarian option available.


More Information You can find more information on arriving in Edinburgh, induction to the University, finances and accommodation online at the University’s New Student website at, where you will also find the University’s Getting Started Guide.


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Postgraduate Life at the University of Edinburgh Postgraduate study is an excellent way to develop your critical and intellectual skills, so make sure you explore all the different ways you can do this. Your school may run seminars or discussion groups just for postgraduates, but if they don’t, don’t be afraid to suggest them — discussion groups are really popular among postgraduate students. The University also runs a number of open seminars and lectures, so look out around campus and on the University website for any that interest you. We also have dedicated postgraduate student representation (see page 30), helping make sure your views are heard and acted on. No matter how long you’ll be studying with us, you’re eligible to vote in our student elections and to put yourself forward for election. Find out more in the Get Involved section of this guide.

Study space A wide range of study spaces are available to use throughout the University, including study areas in the libraries as well as dedicated computer labs and quiet or silent study spaces, such as the postgraduate only study space on the 5th floor of the Main Library. For group study, you can use a study pod in the Main Library or King’s Buildings Library. These are available on a first come first served basis and are equipped with a PC, plasma screen and whiteboards. You can also book study rooms across campus when they are not needed for teaching, through the My Services tab on MyEd. Detailed information on study spaces is available at


Tips on making the most of your postgraduate studies:

AA Check out the library on your campus as early as you can, so you’ll know your way around when you need it

AA Have an open discussion with your supervisors as soon as you start, to establish how each of them works and what they expect AA Join a society or get involved with activities outside your programme

Postgraduate Research Degrees The structure of research degrees varies, but you should have two supervisors. They may be working as co-supervisors or as a principal and assistant supervisor. Make sure you understand what arrangements are in place for your supervision. If you have any problems with your supervision it’s best to resolve them at an early stage. Refer to the Code of Practice for Supervisors and Research Students on the University’s website to know what to expect, and if you have any questions get in touch with an Academic Advisor at the Advice Place.

Postgraduate research degree tips:


Doing a PhD or research Masters is a major undertaking, but the chance to immerse yourself in your chosen academic discipline will be a highly rewarding experience.

AA Make notes in meetings with your supervisor so you can remember the key points AA Learn an ‘elevator pitch’ version of your research topic so you can easily explain to anyone what you are working on

AA Make use of any formal peer support groups available, or chat to our Peer Learning and Support team about starting one! (See page 50)



Postgraduate Taught Degrees YOUR STUDIES

With many students on taught Masters programmes only here for one year, it’s important to hit the ground running. Prepare for your course before you start by finding out what’s expected of you and what help and support is available. Your Programme Handbook should contain details on your programme requirements. Refer to the Code of Practice for Taught Postgraduate Programmes on the University’s website for a useful guide and helpful advice on how to deal with any issues that may arise. If you feel that things are not going as they should, seek advice early, either from your Programme Director, the Advice Place or Postgrad Reps.

Postgraduate taught degree tips:

AA Although taught Masters programmes are often academically fast-paced, remember to take regular breaks and take part in other areas of University life — you could join a society, volunteer in the local community or just take time to watch a film or go out for a meal with friends

AA Make the most of the University’s support services and opportunities, such as the Careers Service, the Institute for Academic Development and the Edinburgh Award to progress both your academic and personal development

AA If you are struggling with any aspect of your course, talk to someone — a tutor, classmate, a Postgraduate advisor in your school or an Academic Advisor at the Advice Place


Academic Support Libraries


The University has nearly three million books, pamphlets, periodical volumes, manuscripts, theses and maps, spread out over a number of libraries and sites. These include:

If you’re looking for advice on an academic issue, a good place to start is your School. In addition to your Personal Tutor, Supervisors or Programme Director, you can also consult the Head of the Graduate School (sometimes called the Postgraduate Director).

AA The Main Library at George Square (College of HSS, general and special collections), which has a dedicated postgraduate study area on Floor 5

AA The Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library at King’s Buildings (College of Science and Engineering) AA Many other subject-specific libraries, including The Europa Library (Law) and New College Library (Divinity)

A full list of libraries and opening times are available at The library’s catalogue can be consulted online, as well as in each library. Outside the University, Edinburgh is home to the National Library of Scotland, a copyright library which has a copy of every written work published in Britain. Visit for full details of opening times and resources.

At the Advice Place in Potterrow or King’s Buildings House, staff are experienced in postgraduate matters and can help you deal with any problems, whether they concern your progress, regulations or provision of facilities. You can contact the specialist Academic Advisors by emailing


There’s a huge amount of support available to postgraduates both from the University and your Students’ Association — make sure you also check out the Help and Support section in this guide.

You can also contact your Postgrad School Vice Convenor. This is an especially good route if you would like to discuss something affecting a number of students on your programme.

Proofreading scheme If you’re an international student concerned about the standard of your written English, why not access our Peer Proofreading Scheme? If English isn’t your first language, you can have two pieces of coursework checked for clarity, vocabulary and grammar. For more details, see

Institute for Academic Development The Institute for Academic Development (IAD) provides career development training as well as study skills support for postgraduates on both taught and research programmes. You can access online resources, attend programme-specific workshops or take online courses in subjects like Academic Writing and Working with Research Data. If you’re contracted to do any tutoring or lab demonstrating as part of your course, the IAD provides training, including both general and discipline specific sessions. Find out more about all the services offered at



Employment Careers Service The University’s Careers Service has numerous workshops, advisers and drop-in sessions to help you write an outstanding CV, ace daunting application forms and practice interview techniques. Check out for more information on how they can help.

Part-time jobs YOUR STUDIES

Student life can get expensive, so you may consider getting a part-time job alongside your studies. Bear in mind though, that full-time students are advised not to work more than 15 hours a week during semester time, with PhD students recommended to work no more than six hours per week. Check out the University’s own job vacancy database, MyCareerHub — you can find it on your MyEd page, or go to for more information. Your Students’ Association is one of the largest employers of students in Edinburgh — visit to see what’s currently available. For international students, the type and amount of work you are allowed to do will depend on your visa. Remember you’ll also need to apply for a National Insurance (NI) number. For more advice, visit the International Office website





Around the City Whether you’re still organising your accommodation or just looking to explore the city, this guide will tell you a little about the different areas around central Edinburgh. The city centre is compact and easily walkable, and you’ll find student communities in most areas. Demand for accomodation in the city centre is high, so don’t forget to check out other interesting parts of the city, such as Leith.



You’ll quickly get to know Newington, as it’s the most convenient area for getting to Central Campus, Arthur’s Seat and basically everything else. The stretch from North Bridge to Clerk Street has all the food, charity and pound shops you could possibly desire. Towards the south side of Newington is Pollock Halls, the University’s large catered accommodation block, and other self-catered halls are scattered around the area. Many students choose private accommodation in the area too, as living costs are slightly cheaper than areas like Marchmont and New Town.

Marchmont Just across the Meadows from the central campus is Marchmont, an area often said to have a village feel, with a number of small convenience stores, as well as greengrocers, fishmongers and butcher shops. There are also a number of small coffee shops and a few cosy pubs, offering a lively student atmosphere. More aesthetically pleasing than Newington, Marchmont is full of the sandstone tenement buildings that are characteristic of Edinburgh. Many of these are occupied by students but the area is popular with families too.


Bruntsfield and Morningside Bruntsfield and Morningside, found to the southeast of the Meadows, are not as dominated by students as Marchmont. Here you’ll find a number of restaurants and delis, as well as coffee shops and upmarket boutiques. Bruntsfield and Morningside are both relatively affluent areas, but it is possible to find affordable flats to rent. The area feels very safe and the peace and quiet may be a refreshing break from the bustling city centre.

Located just northwest of the Meadows, this trendy area is the performing art lover’s dream. At the north end of Lothian Road, you will find the Usher Hall, Edinburgh’s main concert hall, and three different theatres are nearby: the Lyceum, the Traverse and the King’s Theatre. Of course, no theatre district is complete without a plethora of restaurants to choose from, with cuisines from all over the world on offer. This neighbourhood is also home to several cinemas, so it’s perfect for film buffs! Reasonably priced flats in Tollcross and nearby Fountainbridge attract students to the area. The main Tollcross junction is only a 5-10 minute walk from the central campus.

New Town


Tollcross and Lothian Road

New Town offers some of the best shopping, clubbing and dining in the city. Princes Street is home to all the normal high street shops, attracting large crowds of shoppers every day. One street north of Princes Street is Rose Street, which features loads of pubs and restaurants. George Street is home to some of Edinburgh’s best nightlife, including clubs, cocktail bars and huge 19th century pubs. The beautiful streets of New Town are a popular place to seek accommodation — rent tends to be a little pricier here but the flats are often spacious with beautiful views.


Travel and Transport If you’re new to Edinburgh, the best way to get your bearings is to walk. There are also excellent bus, tram and train systems, as well as provision for cycling and a reliable taxi service, so get out there and explore!



Edinburgh’s main bus station is in St. Andrew’s Square, where you can find various services travelling all over Scotland and the rest of the UK. Lothian Buses are the main bus service providers in the city itself. You can research your journey on or via the Lothian Buses app. The Airlink is Edinburgh’s airport bus service, leaving from outside Waverley Station. The service takes about half an hour and runs 24 hours, 7 days a week.


If you think you will be using buses in Edinburgh often, a Student Ridacard can give you unlimited travel over a longer period, for a set fee. For more information on bus services to University campuses, including free shuttle buses to King’s Buildings and both NHS hospitals, visit the University transport website at transport.

Trains Waverley Station, towards the east end of Princes Street, is the central train station in Edinburgh. From there, you can travel all over Britain or zip off to Glasgow for a day’s shopping. If you’re going further afield, it’s best to book tickets as far in advance as possible to get affordable prices. You can save a lot of money by purchasing a 16-25 Railcard which gives you a third off rail fares for a year — you’ll quickly make your money back. Despite the name, you are eligible if you are over 25, as long as you are a full-time student. Visit for more information.

Cycling Cycling can be a great way to get around Edinburgh. There are a number of cycle paths and cycle lanes throughout the city. For more information on safety, security or cycling lessons, visit

The Edinburgh tram service runs from York Place, along Princes Street and out to the airport — you can buy tickets from vending machines at tram stops. If you are going to use the tram regularly, or both trams and buses, consider getting a Student Ridacard.

Taxis If you wish to travel by taxi, you can choose between minicabs, which must be pre-booked by phone, or black cabs, which can be hailed on the street. You can also access our Emergency Taxi Scheme if you need it. We’ve arranged an emergency taxi scheme with a local company, to make sure University of Edinburgh students are never stranded after a night out. If you need it, you just need to give your student number to the driver, and we’ll pay the fare and check in with you later to arrange for it to be paid back. Check out for more info.




Things To Do Edinburgh is full of things to do and places to see all year round. From outdoor activities to history, shopping to culture, there’s no shortage of new things to discover, even if you’re not new to the city. Iconic attractions include climbs up Arthur’s Seat and Calton Hill; visits to Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse; trips to Edinburgh Zoo and days out in the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden. There are many museums and galleries, most of which are free to visit and close to central campus, including the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street, the Museum of Childhood on the Royal Mile, and the National Gallery of Scotland on The Mound. In addition to the legendary festivals, there’s year round music, comedy and theatre in the city, often in your own Students’ Association buildings. Check out our latest listings at, including our great weekly jazz, comedy, open mic, student band nights and more, as well as regular productions from student theatre societies.


You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to cinemas, with large multiplexes in addition to smaller, independent film houses, and screenings from Edinburgh University Film Society.


The New Town can cater to all your high street and designer shopping needs, while the best places to hunt for bargains in Edinburgh’s renowned charity shops are Nicolson Street, South Clerk Street, Morningside and Lothian Road. The Bethany Shop on Summerhall Place has everything you could ever need for a student kitchen. Don’t forget you can grab a quick bite to eat and all your student essentials, from stationery to University hoodies, in the Students’ Association shops in Potterrow, David Hume Tower (DHT), Pollock Halls and King’s Buildings House.



About Your Students’ Association Your Students’ Association belongs to you. We’re run by students, for students, and we’re here to help you make the most of your time at university. As a student here, you’re automatically a member, so make sure you explore what we have to offer and don’t miss out!

Activities: societies and volunteering Our Activities team help administer over 250 student-led societies and volunteering groups, so there’s sure to be something for you! Check out our huge range of groups from page 32 of this guide or at, including our dedicated Postgrad Society. You can also access hundreds of opportunities with local charities through our volunteering system.

Four outstanding venues


Unlike most Students’ Associations, we have not one venue, nor two, not even three but four unbeatable venues across the University! Teviot Row House, our iconic venue in the heart of Central campus, is the oldest purpose built students’ union building in the world, and has been one of the most popular ever since it first opened its doors in 1889. Here and in our venues at The Pleasance, Potterrow and King’s Buildings House, you’ll find a wide choice of places to grab a drink, a coffee or a bite to eat, to study or catch up with friends, to get involved in a society or volunteering group or to have a great night out. Before you know it, these venues will feel like your new homes from home! Check out all they have to offer at All profits made in our venues and shops go back into the services we provide for you.



Unmissable entertainment Welcome Week is just the beginning! From club nights to live music, and comedy to quizzes, we have an unrivalled programme of events year round. Check out for details of our weekly events and special one off happenings including music festivals, special guests, and food and drink themed events.

Comprehensive support We’re here for all students, whenever you need us. Our Advice Place service offers you professional, impartial advice, and our Peer Learning and Support schemes connect you with other students on your course — see the Help and Support section of this guide. If there are issues you think need to be addressed for all students, you can raise them with your elected representatives. Find out more about our elected structures below.

Representation and campaigning We’re here to represent all 35,000+ students at this University, from first years to postgraduates and everyone in between. All students are eligible to stand and vote in our elections, where student reps are selected across a variety of roles: AA Sabbatical Officers AA School Reps

AA Campaign Organisers

AA Student Trustees & Trading Committee Members AA Liberation Convenors

AA Student Group Convenors Following overwhelming support in a student referendum in spring 2016, we’ll be making improvements to our democratic structures across 2016/17, so look out for more details as we work even harder to represent your interests.


As well as participating in referenda and voting on important issues, students are at the heart of our representative structures:























Postgraduate Representation


We work hard to support postgraduate students and improve your university experience. Postgrad students make up almost 35% of the student body at the University, yet with the additional time and financial pressures keeping you occupied, it can be all too easy for your needs and opinions to get overlooked. Don’t let this happen — make your postgraduate experience the best it can be by getting involved and voicing your opinions. From something as simple as emailing one of your elected reps to putting yourself forward to represent your fellow postgrads as a Class Rep for your programme, you can make a positive difference for yourself and others by gathering feedback and working with staff to improve your academic experience and welfare while you’re here.


Elections to dedicated postgraduate represenative roles will take place in early October 2016. If you’re interested in improving the student experience and making postgraduate voices heard within your School or across the University, submit your nomination to stand for election from 19 September. A Postgraduate School Rep will be elected for each of the University’s 20 Schools, and even if you’ll only be studying here for one year, standing for election as a School Rep (also known as a Convenor or Vice Convenor) is a great way to develop valuable skills and experience and make a difference for your fellow students. All postgraduate students are eligible to vote, so make sure you play your part in choosing your representatives. Visit for more information.

One of the roles you’ll elect in October will be the Postgrad Convenor, who runs the Postgrad Group. The group plans events and projects throughout the year around issues that matter to postgrads. Get in touch with your Postgrad Convenor if you have ideas about or want to get involved in projects to improve the Postgrad experience, from social activities to campaigns to lengthen library opening hours — and everything inbetween! You can also get involved in the group — find out more at Every Graduate School also has class, programme or year group student representatives who address more local issues with your programme, giving you a chance to have your views heard and affect what happens in your School. We’d encourage you to contact your reps with any questions and feedback, and if you decide to volunteer for the role at the start of the year, you’ll receive training and recognition for your work in the role. Throughout the year, you can also contact any of the four elected student Sabbatical Officers who work full-time in the Students’ Association to represent you and contribute a student perspective to the University’s strategic decision making.


Activities Societies


We have over 250 societies here at Edinburgh, and being involved in one (or many!) is a great way to take a break from the books and get the most from your university experience. Check out our range of societies below and find out more about each one at You can join a society online at any point in the year, but a great time to check them out, speak to current members and ask any questions is at the Activities Fair. This will take place in Potterrow and Teviot Row House on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 September, so make sure you head along!


Social Policy Society

ACADEMIC ArchSoc Astrobiology Society Biology Society Biochemistry Society Biomedical Society Chemical Engineering Society Chemistry Society

Society for Economic Pluralism Society of Immunology and Infectious Diseases Sociology Society SynBio Society University of Edinburgh Society for Quantitative Research Young Scientific Researchers’ Association Zoological Society

Civil Engineering Society Classics Society Cognitive Science Society



BLOGS (LGBT+ Society)

E-scape Economics Society Endocrinology Society Engineering Society Engineering Innovation Society

First Aid Society Mental Health and Wellbeing Society Postgrad Society Sexpression

European Union Society Geographical Society Geological Society Global Health Society Graduate Law Society History Society Hyped


International Development Society Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society (LAMPS) LangSoc MathSoc Mechanical Engineering Society Neurological Society Nursing Society Ophthalmology Society Paediatrics Society Philosophy Society Physics Society Plant Science Society Political Union Psychology Society Retrospect





Aberdeen FC Supporters Club

Art Soc

Anime and Animation Society

Create Society

Baking Society

Game Development Society

Beer & Brewing Society

History of Art Society

ChillOut Society


Cocktail Society

Movie Production Society

Coffee Society

Nomad Magazine

Doctor Who Society

Photographic Society

Film Society


Goth and Rock Society Harry Potter Society Medieval Re-enactment Society


Science Fiction and Fantasy Society

Amnesty International Society

Sign Language Society

Edinburgh Global Partnerships


Engineers Without Borders

Student Architecture Society


Tolkien Society

Feminist Society

Vegetarian Society

First Aid Africa

Water of Life Society

Friends of MSF

Wine Society

Hearty Squirrel Food Co-operative


Literature Society

MedAID Medical Aid Edinburgh Medsin-Edinburgh One Health People & Planet Project Mongolia Save the Children Society Student Stop AIDS Student Voice for Animal Rights Students for Justice in Palestine UNICEF On Campus


Salsa Society


Savoy Opera Group Shakespeare Company

A Cappella


African Dance Society

String Orchestra

African Drumming Society

Studio Opera

Arabic Bellydance Society

Swing Dance Society

Ballroom Dancing Society

Tango Society

Bhangra Crew

Theatre Company

Brass Band

Theatre Paradok

Capoeira Society

Untapped Talent

Chamber Choir

West Coast Swing Dance Society

Chamber Orchestra

Wind Band

Clarinet Choir Dance Music Society Dick Vet Musicians Female Voice Choir FolkSoc Footlights Guild of Change Ringers Hip Hop Society Jazz Orchestra Law School Music Society Les Escogriffes Modern Dance Society Music Society


Musical Medics


New Scotland Country Dance Society Piping and Drumming Society Pole Dance Society Reeling Club Revue Revelation Rock-Gospel Choir




AIESEC Edinburgh

An Comann Ceilteach

Bright Futures

Bruneian Edinburgh Society

Business Society

Bulgarian Society

Debates Union

Chilean Society

Diagnostic Society

Chinese Student Association


Dutch Society

Model United Nations Society

Estonian Society


Exchange 360

Trading and Investment Club (EUTIC)

Filipino Society

Translators’ Society

French Society German Society Hellenic Society


Hong Kong International Society

Bahá’i Society

Japanese Society

Catholic Students’ Union

Korean Society

Christian Union

Latin American Society

Hindu Society

Lithuanian Society

Humanist Society

Malaysian Students’ Association

Islamic Society

Mexican Society

Jewish Society

Middle Eastern Society

Orthodox Student Society

Myanmar Society

Qi Gong

Nigerian Society

Quaker Society

North American Society

Student Christian Movement

Pakistan Society

Hungarian Society

Persian Society Polish Society


Romanian Society

Bridge Club

Scandinavian Society

Chess Society

Singapore Students’ Society

FAQ: The Card and Board Game Society

Slovak and Czech Society

Grand Edinburgh Adventuring Society

South African Society

League of Legends Society

South Asian Students’ Association

Murder Mystery Society

Spanish Society

Poker Society

Swahili Club

Video Gaming Society

Thai Society

Wargames Society

Turkish Society

What? Where? When?

Welsh Society

Russian Society


Indonesian Society

Yugo Soc



PHYSICAL AND OUTDOORS Air Squadron Allotment and Permaculture Society Exmoor Pony Trekking Society Juggling Society Tai Chi Society Yoga Society

POLITICAL Anarchist Society Conservative and Unionist Association Edinburgh Political Union Kashmir Solidarity Movement Labour Students Liberal Youth


Life Society


Marxist Society SNP Society Sustainable Development Society The Buchanan Institute Young Greens


Volunteering Want to meet new people, help your local community, build your job skills and have fun at the same time? Then take a look at the hundreds of exciting opportunities online at Volunteering can match your hobbies or your course, from working with conservation and the environment, to teaching languages to children in schools or working with the elderly. You can even start your own volunteering group or projects, engaging with local communities and working closely with local and national charities. You may also log your hours throughout the year to receive the Edinburgh Award for Volunteering, which appears on your degree transcript. Volunteering can be a great way to make the most of your time at university and by donating a few hours a week, you can help make a big difference in people’s lives. The time you commit can be flexible, and you can volunteer during holidays if you’re not able to take up opportunities during term time.

Edinburgh Students’ Charities Appeal (ESCA) Edinburgh Students’ Charities Appeal (ESCA) coordinates fundraising activities run by students across the city. Through innovative and fun events, from sponsored hitch hikes to the Meadows Marathon and diving with sharks, ESCA students raise thousands of pounds each year for good causes in Scotland and around the world. You can get involved with ESCA’s existing team, or organise your own fundraising event for a charity of your choice. The ESCA team are based in the Activities Office in Potterrow, and will provide you with professional advice, as well as practical support in the form of collecting buckets, money counting and glowsticks for selling at the Big Cheese, our weekly club night. Find out more at

Check out our current volunteering groups, and get in touch with the Activities team if you’d like to know more, or to start up your own group.

VOLUNTEERING GROUPS Art in the Community Edinburgh Best Buddies Edinburgh Children’s Holiday Venture Dirty Weekenders Edinburgh Archaeological Outreach Project ENACTUS eVOLve


Arts & Heritage

Foreign Language Outreach Inspire – Lloyds Scholars Mandarin Language Project Patient Outreach Project Teddy Bear Hospital Edinburgh


Gym and Sports King’s Buildings House sports membership

The University of Edinburgh Sport & Exercise

Your Students’ Association offers a comprehensive range of sports and leisure facilities at King’s Buildings House. Facilities and services include the gym, squash/racket ball courts, badminton, exercise and relaxation classes, and sports equipment sales and hire. You can also pop into our shop, deli, bar or food court for a well-earned post-workout snack, meal or drink.

Sport & Exercise provides activities at both recreational and competitive levels, which are available at a number of sites in the city.

Membership for students starts at just £3 per month. Visit for more info.

The Pleasance Sports Complex and Gym offers an array of facilities including studio space (exercise and dance classes), MyGym (body conditioning) and underground vaults (bench free weights) as well as the Katherine Grainger Rowing Gym and an indoor studio cycling space called Velocity. In addition, there is a 102-station cardiovascular gym with personal TV screens, body circuit gym, fixed weights gym, free weights gym, two sports halls, two dance studios, four squash courts and dedicated facilities for boxing, archery, rifle shooting, climbing and bouldering. The Pleasance Gym offers exercise classes each week and a range of workshops. There is also a 25 metre, six lane swimming pool just next door in the St. Leonard’s Land building, off Holyrood Road.


Edinburgh students also have access to the FASIC Sports Injury Centre and Scotland’s National Hockey Academy at Peffermill, which has two astro-turf pitches, artificial tennis courts and cricket nets, natural turf pitches, a golf practice area and a 100-metre training track.


Firbush, 80 miles north of Edinburgh, is the University’s residential centre for the outdoors. Situated on Loch Tay, it supports both summer water sports and extensive winter activities. Check out the Sport & Exercise website at for more details, exercise classes, pool timetables and membership.


Sports clubs Edinburgh University Sports Union (EUSU) is the student-run body responsible for all sports clubs at the University. Edinburgh is the number one sporting institution in Scotland and consistently ranks within the top five in the UK. With 63 sports clubs, there is a broad variety of sports on offer and many students have been successful in a sport they only discovered at university. From ice hockey to skydiving, there really is something for everyone! To find out more about sports clubs, visit the Sports Fair in Pleasance Sports Complex and Gym on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 September, and visit for all the latest sporting news.

Intra-mural sport

Support for Physical Activity Programme If you’d like to be more active but aren’t sure where to start, the University offers a free Support for Physical Activity programme, where you can meet with an advisor to get ideas and set goals for your fitness based on your likes, dislikes and timetable. Visit healthy-university/support-for-physical-activityprogramme for more info.


If intense competition is not for you, the intra-mural programme offers a more relaxed alternative to club sport. Groups of friends or halls of accommodation can compete against each other in weekly leagues, with the emphasis on taking part and having fun. Simply choose your sport — football, hockey, netball, rugby, basketball, squash or cricket — and sign up during Welcome Week to take part. For more information visit the Sports Fair or email


Global Our award winning Global programme aims to expand the global experience for Edinburgh students through activities such as Tandem Language Exchange, the Gather Festival and a variety of events throughout the year.

Gather Festival Run in conjunction with the University’s International Office, Gather is an annual festival celebrating culture, community and the ethos of global citizenship on campus and beyond. Taking place at the start of semester 2, you can choose from dozens of fun, exciting events, and can even get involved in leading or volunteering at events. Find out more at

Tandem Language Exchange Tandem is a free language-exchange programme that offers a wide range of events where students can meet and practice their language skills. Attend a Speed Lingua event, find a partner online on the Tandem Database, or attend the weekly Language Cafés at both King’s Buildings and Central campuses. See for more information. There are also free beginners’ classes in a range of languages. Classes rotate each semester and places fill up fast so be sure to book as soon as possible at


International Student Centre The International Student Centre (ISC) on Buccleuch Place is open 12pm-4pm Monday to Friday. Here you can grab a free tea or coffee, meet fellow international students and get any advice you need on life in Edinburgh. The ISC organises social events throughout the year, including pub and movie nights, and weekend trips outside Edinburgh. For more information on events or to get involved, visit

Edinburgh Award The Edinburgh Award is run across the University of Edinburgh, and recognises students’ work in various areas outside of their degree programme. Taking part involves logging the hours you spend doing various activities and reflecting on the skills you have developed. The Award then appears on your University transcript when you graduate. You can work towards an Edinburgh Award by volunteering, being on a society committee, being a student rep or working for the Students’ Association. Find out more at





Healthcare Registering with healthcare providers Register with a local doctor, even if you already have one in the UK. If you live in the practice area, you can register with the University Health Centre — you’ll need your student card, additional photo ID and proof of your Edinburgh address. Most University accommodation blocks and surrounding areas are in the practice area, but if you’re not sure, staff there can advise if you’re eligible. Find out more at If you’re outside the practice area, find your local doctor at Try to register with dentists as a National Health Service (NHS) patient, which is much cheaper than paying for private treatment, although there may be a waiting list. You can check to find a dentist in your area. There’s also an independent dental surgery and opticians called Vitality in your Students’ Association building at Potterrow. Eye tests are free in Scotland, so there’s no excuse for not having your eyes checked! You’ll find branches of most major opticians throughout the city.

Accessing NHS services If you need to speak to a health professional when your doctor’s surgery is closed, contact the NHS 24 helpline on 111. In an emergency, always call 999. For full information on accessing health services in Edinburgh, visit

Prescribed medication


If you’re currently taking any prescribed medication, it’s usually recommended you bring a 3 month supply with you, as well as a letter explaining what it is.



Healthcare costs

The Royal Infirmary 51 Little France Crescent Old Dalkeith Road 0131 536 1000

International students from outside the European Economic Area may need to pay a healthcare surcharge before accessing NHS care. You can get more information at immigration/applying-for-visa/health-surcharge.

The Royal Infirmary operates a 24-hour Accident and Emergency (A&E) department and is located in Little France. Western General Hospital Crewe Road South 0131 537 1000 The Western General Hospital has a nurse-led Minor Injuries Clinic, open 8am–9pm every day of the year. Clinic staff treat a wide range of injuries including minor cuts and burns, infections and stings, suspected sprains and small bone breaks.

Help with health-related costs, such as dental treatment and glasses or contact lenses, may be available if you are on a low income. Apply using an HC1 form, available from the Advice Place or most pharmacies. Prescriptions in Scotland are free of charge. Tampons and sanitary products are available free of charge to all students from the Advice Place.

Blood donation


With 1,000 donations needed every day to meet the needs of Scotland’s patients, giving blood is extremely worthwhile. Most people who are in general good health can donate and the process is extremely easy. You can donate at the Blood Donation Centre on Lauriston Place, just down the road from Potterrow. Visit for further information.


Sexual Health and Pregnancy Whatever your sexual orientation or level of sexual activity, sexual health is important to your overall wellbeing.

Safer sex It is important to protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancy. By always using a condom, or other safer sex products like femidoms and dental dams, you will better protect yourself against STIs. NHS Lothian run a service called the C:card scheme, allowing you to access safer sex products for free. Find out more at and sign up for a free card in the Advice Place.

Emergency contraception


If your contraception fails, you can get emergency contraception (also called the morning-after pill) from your doctor or a pharmacy.


There is no charge when getting the morning-after pill from your doctor but there may be a charge of around ÂŁ30 if you buy it directly from a pharmacy without being registered with a GP. You can also get emergency contraception from the Chalmers Street Sexual Health Clinic. Remember that emergency contraception must be taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex to be effective against pregnancy and is more likely to work the sooner it is taken. If you miss this 72 hour window a doctor may be able to prescribe you another form of emergency contraception that is effective up to five days after unprotected sex. Emergency contraception does not offer protection against STIs.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Everyone who is sexually active should get regular tests for STIs. The easiest way to do this in Edinburgh is to make an appointment at the Chalmers Street Sexual Health Clinic, who offer appointments and walk in clinics, including a dedicated clinic for men who have sex with men. See Directory on page 59.



If you become pregnant during your studies and would like help making a decision, you can contact your doctor for information and support. If you are continuing with your pregnancy, it’s recommended that you discuss how this will affect your studies with your Personal Tutor. You can also contact the Advice Place for further information on how this may impact on your course, your finances, etc. If you think you might be pregnant you can pick up a free pregnancy test from the Advice Place.


Mental Health One in four people will experience some kind of mental health problem at some time in their life. Stress and anxiety can be particularly prevalent among students, especially around exams and assessment time.

There are some simple steps you can take to help stop yourself feeling unreasonably anxious: AA Take a break from studying – make time to socialise and relax

AA Get some sleep — being over tired is strongly associated with stress AA Keep in touch with old friends and family AA Know it’s ok to ask for help or advice


If you ever feel you are struggling, there’s lots of help available both on campus and throughout Edinburgh. Take a look at the directory at the back of this guide for organisations and services who can help. Remember you’re not alone. Helping students manage stress and mental health issues is an increasing priority on campus — have a look at some of the support available on




Advice Place The Advice Place is the Students’ Association’s free advice service for all students. Our team of professional staff are here to give you impartial, confidential advice and information on academic, welfare, financial and accomodation issues. We have offices at Potterrow in Central Campus and in King’s Buildings House. Feel free to pop in and see us, and check out the huge amounts of free advice online at


Nightline is a confidential, student-run support and information service run especially for students in Edinburgh throughout the semester. Call Nightline between 8pm and 8am on 0131 557 4444 for practical info or just for a chat. Find out more at


Student Counselling Service The Student Counselling Service supports students who are facing difficulties while studying. They offer one-to-one counselling as well as self-help resources and a series of workshops for students throughout the academic year. Find out more at

The Student Disability Service provides advice and support for students with dyslexia, mental health issues and students on the autistic spectrum, as well as those who have physical and sensory impairments. Services they offer include exam support such as extra time, computers or scribes, support assistants, financial aid and dyslexia screening. Make an appointment with an adviser to discuss what support may be available for you. Find out more at


Student Disability Service


Freshers’ Volunteers Freshers’ Volunteers are available throughout Welcome Week to assist with any queries or problems you may have, big or small. If you have any questions, get lost or simply want information on what to do next, look out for them in their distinctive yellow or orange t-shirts.


Peer Learning and Support


Peer Learning and Support at Edinburgh means more experienced students supporting less experienced students. It is a great way to meet people on your courses, get help from other students who’ve been where you are now and make the most of your study time. Peer-led learning can also improve your academic confidence and performance. You can find out more about groups in your school by visiting or asking at your School office.

Chaplaincy and Faith Groups Edinburgh is a multi-cultural city and there are facilities which cater for all faiths both on and off campus. The University Chaplaincy, right next door to Potterrow, provides pastoral and spiritual support for students and staff regardless of faith or beliefs. They have a Chaplaincy Support Team and private areas for meetings, reflection, one-to-one support and hospitality. Find out more at

For more information about religious and faith societies run by students, see or go along to the Activities Fair during Welcome Week. There are details of nearby facilities for a wide range of faith groups at

Information Services Information Services provide most of the computing, library and e-learning resources you will use at the University. For information on getting connected, downloading Microsoft Office for free, location of computer labs, library opening times and more visit


There are contemplation rooms and prayer spaces at the King’s Buildings campus. Muslim prayer rooms are also available on both the King’s Buildings site and the Moray House site. New College has a contemplation room called ‘The Sanctuary’ which is underneath the Library.


Personal Safety Edinburgh is typically a very safe city. However, it’s always wise to follow some basic guidelines to help you stay safe in the city and at home: AA Don’t leave personal items or bags unattended and try not to carry large sums of money with you

AA Try to avoid walking home alone at night. Don’t be tempted to take shortcuts across waste ground, through parks or dark alleys at night, and consider carrying a personal safety alarm

AA If you think someone is following you, check by crossing the street. If you are still worried, find a crowded area and call the police AA If someone threatens you, shout and scream for help and set off your personal attack alarm if you have one. Try to remove yourself from the situation as quickly as possible

AA You have every right to defend yourself; however, it is illegal to carry an offensive weapon and you should never prioritise your possessions over your own safety


AA The Advice Place often stocks personal safety alarms which can be used if you feel threatened or fear being attacked


If you are a victim of a crime, you can report it to the police by calling 101 for non emergencies. Always call 999 in an emergency. You can also report a crime through the Advice Place, which is a remote reporting centre. You can also ask to meet with the police in the Advice Place in Potterrow if you don’t want to go to a police station. There are contact details for other helpful organisations in the directory at the end of this guide.



Edinburgh University Students’ Association Get in touch @eusa /EdUniStudentsAssociation

Activities Team Potterrow and Pleasance 0131 650 9381

Advice Place Text: 0753 740 2004 Potterrow 0131 650 9225 0800 206 2341 King’s Buildings House 0131 650 5822





Students’ Association Buildings

Your Sabbatical Officers

King’s Buildings House

Alec Edgecliffe-Johnson

King’s Buildings


Mayfield Road



0131 650 5772


The Pleasance

Patrick Garratt

60 The Pleasance

Vice President Academic Affairs



/VicePresidentAcademicAffairs @eusavpaa


Jenna Kelly

5/2 Bristo Square

Vice President Services


0131 650 2656

Teviot Row House

/VicePresidentServices @eusavps

13 Bristo Square

Jess Husbands


Vice President Societies and Activities

0131 650 4673 /VicePresidentSocietiesActivities @eusavpsa


0131 650 2350


University Services Accommodation, Catering and Events

Information Services

Main Library

Pollock Halls 18 Holyrood Park Road EH16 5AY 0131 667 1971

Careers Service 3rd Floor, Main Library 0131 650 4670

Institute for Academic Development 1 Morgan Lane EH8 8FP 0131 651 3598

International Office

Weir Building,

33 Buccleuch Place

King’s Buildings


West Mains Road

0131 650 4296

0131 650 5773

Chaplaincy Centre

Main Library

George Square


1 Bristo Square


EH8 9AL 0131 650 2595

Fees and Student Support



Old College

Scholarships and Student Funding 0131 651 4070

South Bridge EH8 9AL 0131 650 2230


Student Administration Old College South Bridge EH8 9YL 0131 650 2845

Student Counselling Service 3rd Floor, Main Library 0131 650 4170

Student Disability Service 3rd Floor, Main Library 0131 650 6828

University Health Service Richard Verney Health Centre 6 Bristo Square EH8 9AL 0131 650 2777

University Pharmacy 6 Bristo Square 0131 650 2525



External Advice and Support Action on Depression

NHS 24




0845 634 1414

Big White Wall

0131 557 4444

8pm to 8am daily

Breathing Space

Police Scotland

0800 83 85 87

For non-urgent queries call 101. For emergencies call 999.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Rape Crisis Scotland

0131 557 1500 08088 01 03 02

Edinburgh Women’s Aid


0800 027 1234

116 123


Victim Support


0345 603 9213


National Self-Harm Network


Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking

Sexual Health and Pregnancy

Alcoholics Anonymous

Chalmers Street Sexual Health Clinic 0800 917 7650

Can Stop Smoking 0800 84 84 84

Crew 2000

2A Chalmers Street EH3 9ES 0131 536 1070

Family Planning Association

Lothian Sexual Health

0131 220 3404

Sexual Health Scotland

Drink Smarter 0800 731 4314

Know the Score 0800 587 5879

Release Talk to Frank 0300 123 6600



Sport Sport and Exercise Pleasance Sports Complex and Gym 46 Pleasance Edinburgh EH8 9TJ 0131 650 2585 @UoE_Sport_Exer CSEPleasanceSportsComples

The University of Edinburgh Sports Union (EUSU) 48 Pleasance Edinburgh EH8 9TJ 0131 650 2346 @UoESportsUnion /UniversityofEdinburghSportsUnion

KB Fitness King’s Buildings House


0131 650 5772



Potterrow Reception: 5/2 Bristo Square | Edinburgh | EH8 9AL

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Edinburgh Postgraduate Guide 2016  
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