Welcome to the School of Biomedical Sciences Representation page.
Here you will find useful information about your School’s student representation system.
First of all, let us introduce you to your School Representatives. Each School has two School Reps whose role is to listen to you and bring any issues you raise to the relevant staff and committee meetings, such as the Student-Staff Liaison Committee or your School Council. In Biomedical Sciences, the Undergraduate School Representative is Alejandro Esteves and the Postgraduate School Representative is Viviane Schulz. Feel free to get in touch with Alejandro or Viviane if you feel that you have something important to say to the School! Your School also contains Class Representatives who work very closely with the School Representatives, EUSA and the staff to ensure you make the most out of your courses. Potential areas Class Reps may engage with are issues with feedback, course content, and suitability of assessment.
The Biomedical Sciences School Council is a democratic structure and forum that enables you to take a proactive approach to your student life. It is a way for you and your coursemates to voice your opinions about what is going on in your School, and you are entitled to bring up issues and ideas that you consider relevant to the student experience in these meetings. You can ask your School Representatives to talk on behalf of you, or you can speak for yourself and count on their help to bring these issues forward and support you. They take place at least once a semester, so keep an eye out for updates from your Reps and don’t forget to attend – the more students that show up, the better! Last year, the School Representatives held an active and regular School Council, and were working on improving the spacing out of deadlines for exams and essays. If this is an issue you think is still relevant today, let your School and Class Reps know!
Within your School, you can also make use of Academic Societies. Whether you are looking for support in your studies, meeting like-minded students, networking, or keeping up-to-date with your field of study’s latest news, they are the place to be! In the School of Biomedical Sciences you can find the Biomedical Society. They are a peer support based society that encourages students to take part in academic events whilst also advising more generally on making the most of your time in the Biomedical School.
Another important thing to look out for in your School is the Biomedical Sciences Academic Families. All first year students are allocated in a group with trained student leaders from later year groups. These group meet at regular intervals to provide students with support in areas as diverse as course selection, transition to university, and finding part-time jobs. Student Attendees are also encouraged to suggest themes for their sessions.
Find out more here: https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/support_and_advice/peer_learning_and_support/get_peer_support/find_a_project/organisation/biomedAF/.
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