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 Engineering, the Undergraduate School Representative is Alice Patig and the Postgraduate School Representative is Bruce Wang. Feel free to get in touch with Alice or Bruce 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.
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. The School of Engineering offers a Peer-Assisted Learning Scheme called EngPALS. EngPALS runs group meetings every two weeks which are based around specific themes relevant to the courses on offer in the Schools; for example, preparing for labs, overcoming fear of presentations and getting ready for your first University exams. These sessions are run by trained Student Leaders and are a great chance to improve academic performance, get support and create lasting friendships. For further information please contact Victoria.firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information here: https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/support_and_advice/peer_learning_and_support/get_peer_support/find_a_project/organisation/engPALS/.
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 Engineering you can find the Civil Engineering Society, a society where Civil Engineering students can come together and enjoy social, academic and career-based events. It’s the perfect society for networking opportunities and meeting new people in your course. The School also contains the Mechanical Engineering Society – this society runs activities such as company talks, industrial visits and socials. Meanwhile, the Chemical Engineering Society provides an opportunity to meet other Chemical Engineers from across the UK and also runs events locally. Bringing together all Engineering students is the Engineering Society, which is the ideal place to meet like-minded students. The highlight of this society’s calendar is the annual Engineering Ball – don’t miss it! The Engineering for Change society focuses on removing barriers to development using engineering. Their programmes provide opportunities for young engineers in the UK to learn about technology's role in development.
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