Welcome to the School of Economics 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 Economics, the Undergraduate School Representative is Jenny Li and the Postgraduate School Representative is Weitao Li. Feel free to get in touch with Jenny or Weitao 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 Economics 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 School Council and fulfilled a number of great projects including an extension of the teaching assistant system and an increase in study rooms. By the end of the academic year they were focusing on podcasting of lectures, let them know if you would like the current School Reps to carry on this project!
Another important thing to look out for in your School is Peer Learning. The Peer Learning programmes are student-led initiatives that offer academic guidance for newer students by more experienced students. EconPALS is the Peer Assisted Learning Scheme for Economics, supported by the School of Economics and the Economics Society. This schemes involves second, third and fourth year students taking on the position of Student Leaders, whose key role is to run study sessions for new students joining Economics. By sharing their experience in the course, older economics students can help the Economics 1 students by offering exam tips, essay planning techniques and specific examination of the syllabus, including maths for economics, tackling MCQs and real world applications. These sessions offer a great chance to improve your academic performance, get support and create lasting friendships. For more information, you can email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org You can find out more on their webpage at https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/support_and_advice/peer_learning_and_support/get_peer_support/find_a_project/organisation/econPALs/
In addition to Peer Support opportunities, you can make use of School-specific 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 Economics you can find the Economics Society. This society mixes business with pleasure, offering social, academic and career-orientated events. These can help you meet new people, network, and get a better idea of what you can make of your degree. You can also join Edinburgh University Society for Economic Pluralism (EUSEP). This society provides a platform that allows all students to cast a critical eye on mainstream economics
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