Welcome to the School of Mathematics 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 Maths, the Undergraduate School Representative is Matthew Hehir and the Postgraduate School Representative is Xiaxu Tian. Feel free to get in touch with them 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, the Students' Association 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 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 talk 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 Representatives not only held regular and active School Council, they also managed to foster a community around the School and made their Council the largest one in the whole university. Let’s keep up the good work, don’t forget to attend!
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. MathPALS (Maths Peer-Assisted Learning Scheme) runs weekly group sessions for first year and second year direct entry Maths students. These sessions are based around specific themes relevant to the courses on offer in the School; for example, calculus, proofs and problem solving, and spans and linear independence. Whether you are a Fresher or a more experienced student, if you are looking to improve your grades or clarify a topic, this is the place for you to meet students who will be happy to share their knowledge and experience of studying maths with you.
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/mathPALS/.
In addition to Peer Support opportunities you can make use of Academic Societies implemented in your School. 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 Mathematics you can find MathSoc, a social hub for people interested in mathematics. The society holds regular socials as well as more academically focused events including guest talks with renowned researchers. MathSoc were named EUSA Best Academic Society for 2014/15, so don’t miss being a part of it!
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