Welcome to the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language 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 PPLS, the Undergraduate School Representative is Laura Boxleitner and the Postgraduate School Representative is Rajalakshmi Satarai Madhava. 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 Programme 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 Programme 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 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! The School Council is very active and regular, and focused on building a solid community within the School.
In your School, you can make use of a number 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 Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences you can find the Philosophy Society (PhilSoc). PhilSoc runs discussion groups, reading groups and guest lectures throughout the year. It has its own library and is a great place to discuss philosophy with course members from various years, as well as students with a shared interest who are studying outside the discipline. PhilSoc offers Academic Support sessions run by senior honours students. You can ask questions, bring along an essay draft, and have the opportunity to view sample coursework answers.
The Psychology Society gives access to talks and social events, and provides a chance to get involved in the Undergraduate Journal meetings.
LangSoc is a society for the appreciation and study of language sciences. They provide a forum for linguistics that extends beyond the classroom to provide support, friendship and community for anyone interested in Linguistics or English Language.
The Cognitive Science Society holds regular lectures, socials, film screenings, reading groups and more, all related to the interlocking disciplines of Cognitive Science: https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/activities/societies/society/cogscisoc/
Another important thing to look out for in your School is Peer Support. The Peer Support programmes are student-led initiatives that offer guidance and advice for newer students by more experienced students. PPLS runs a number of these schemes throughout the year:
LINGUISTICS AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Linguistics has the FamiLing peer support scheme. The purpose of this Scheme is to encourage different year groups to interact and build a sense of community within the discipline. Further information here: https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/support_and_advice/peer_learning_and_support/get_peer_support/find_a_project/organisation/Familing/, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PsychPALS is a student-run peer assisted learning scheme that aids in facilitating learning for first- and second-year students taking a Psychology course. Trained PsychPALS volunteers run two weekly drop-in sessions where you will be encouraged to engage with other students in fun activities aimed to help you acquire academic skills (such as essay writing, tutorial readings and exam revision tips) and consolidate your psychology knowledge. Follow the Facebook page for more information on sessions and other events: https://www.facebook.com/uoepsychpals/
PhilPALS (Philosophy PALS) is a student-led project which aims to help first year Philosophy students transition into University life, make friends, improve their grades, and get used to studying in their discipline. Sessions are led by trained Student Leaders in second year and above, who run structured activities on course content, how to read Philosophy, exam revision and essay writing. Sessions are designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in their degrees, whilst also helping them to make friends and join the School community. If you have questions contact the Peer Learning & Support team at email@example.com.
For more information about representation in PPLS, please visit the following pages:
PPLS School Council: https://www.ed.ac.uk/ppls/philosophy/current/postgraduate/student-representation/school-council
Philosophy UG Student-Staff Liaison Committee: https://www.ed.ac.uk/ppls/philosophy/current/undergraduate/student-representation
Psychology UG Student-Staff Liaison Committee:
Linguistics and English Language UG Student-Staff Liaison Committee:
Postgraduate Student Representatives Forum: https://www.ed.ac.uk/ppls/philosophy/current/postgraduate/student-representation/student-representatives-forum