Our doors may not be open, but we are still very much here for you. Here’s an update on how we’re working to support you.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Students' Association has been working hard to protect the interests and safety of our students and staff.
Like many other charities, in order to ensure that we can continue to support, lobby on behalf of and provide services to students in the future, it has been necessary to make use of the UK Government's Job Retention Scheme in order to lessen the significant burden on the Association's finances but means that a number of our staff remain on a period of leave. Whilst our buildings must remain closed in line with government advice, all our other student services remain available as far as possible remotely and there are points of contact in every team.
As we look towards the new semester and as lockdown begins to ease within Scotland, we are working hard to make sure you have an exciting programme of events to look forward to in September whether you are here in Edinburgh or studying online. We are working closely with the University of Edinburgh to ensure that your voices are heard on decisions related to teaching, assessments and safety on campus.
Due to the effects of this pandemic, we are undertaking a continual process of project prioritisation, recognising that some of the work we had planned to do will be delayed and in order to prioritise crucial services, such as the Advice Place.
Wherever you are, we want to reassure you that whether you are a new or returning student, you are part of the Edinburgh Students’ Association and we are working tirelessly to make sure your voice is heard.
Ellen MacRae, Rachel Irwin, Amanda Scully, Fizzy Abou Jawad and Niamh McCrossan.
Your Sabbatical Officer Team
From Wednesday 22 July the Scottish Government has allowed a phased return to on-campus teaching and your Sabbatical Officer team is working closely with the University to ensure that it will be open and ready to teach by the start of Semester One on the 21 September 2020.
Where can I find information and support from the University?
The University are continuing to take steps to reduce the impact of the Coronavirus on students. Details of these and FAQs can be found here.
I'm a new student, where can I find information and support?
The University of Edinburgh has put together guidance for prospective and new students joining us in September on moving to Edinburgh, submitting your application, accommodation, meeting your conditional offer and deferring your offer.
The Advice place has also produced a detailed FAQ on Accommodation for new and returning you students and you can read it here.
The Advice Place also has also developed a Covid-19 ‘Useful Information Guide’ which can be read here.
How can I access support from the Advice Place?
The Advice Place office has now closed its physical service at Potterrow and King's Buildings House. You can still access advice and services via email, phone and on The Advice Place Facebook page.
They have also put together a Covid-19 Useful Information page. There you will find information relating to academics, accommodation, finances, as well as your health and wellbeing in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
I am in financial hardship, where can I get support?
If you are a student who is finding themselves in an uncertain financial position, the Advice Place can help you with applying to the University's Discretionary and Hardship Funding, as well as provide emergency short-term loans.
You can find this information here.
Resources for Office Bearers
The Student Opportunities team have put together information and resources for Society Office Bearers. You can find that here.
Your Sabbatical Officers are representing the interests of students at key University meetings, ensuring that students are kept informed and that the University is aware of the issues that students are raising. If you have anything in particular you would like raised with the University please contact the Officers:
If you have any questions or need to get in touch with specific departments, please use the contact information below.
Scotland is currently in Phase 3 of its route map to reopening. This means that there are restrictions in place to protect the community at large which may differ from those in the rest of the UK or your home country:
Whilst in Scotland you must observe the following measures to keep yourself and our community safe:
Maintain a 2-metre social distance.
Avoid crowded places
Wear a facemask on public transport, in shops and other retail stores.
Cover your mouth when coughing.
Regularly clean your hands.
If you are experiencing the known symptoms of the virus, or you have been in contact with someone who has, then do not leave your house to do this – follow NHS and University guidance.
You can read the full Scottish Government Covid-19 guidance here.
There are also up to date resources with information and support for vulnerable and high-risk people. You can access these resources here.
Travelling to Scotland
If you are coming to study in Scotland, you may have to self-isolate for 14 days in line with the guidance of the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Government has published guidance for travellers to Scotland which includes information on the countries exempt from quarantine and guidance for travel. Information on which countries are exempt from the 14-day quarantine can be found here.
Those coming from the rest of the UK, Ireland, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man do not have to self-isolate when arriving in Edinburgh.
If you are concerned about having to self-isolate when you arrive in Edinburgh support is available to you and additional information can be found here.
Whilst social distancing requirements have been relaxed, we understand that issues relating to coronavirus may have had and continue to have an impact on your mental health and wellbeing.
We have created a Coronavirus Resources Hub which provides information, advice and guidance on taking care of your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. This can be read here.
With that in mind the university’s Wellbeing, Disability and Counselling Services are still open to all students. These services are free to students and contact information for these services can be found here.
Whilst lockdown may be easing, it is still a difficult time for the most vulnerable in society. If you feel comfortable doing so there are still ways to support your local community.
The Volunteering Service shares useful guidance and advice on how you can support your community and keep safe at the same time over on their COVID-19 and volunteering blog post.
You can also share what’s getting you through this time of uncertainty and isolation, your tips and advice may really help others. We’ve created the Edinburgh University Students’ Virtual Neighbourhood for this reason.
If you are a new student, you may also want to join our Edinburgh Welcomes Facebook Group. This group exists to provide updates and information for prospective students and we hope will also give you an opportunity to connect with other people on your course and beyond!
Finally, you can support your community by following government guidelines throughout the lockdown period.
Why not take some of this time to focus on your education? Here are some ideas for you:
Brush up on your study skills
If you still have assignments and exams coming up check out the advice on specific study skills topics, plus downloadable resources with useful study strategies here.
Start a book club with some pals
You can get tips for setting up here.
BSL (British Sign Language) introductory course
£25 for level one, receive a CPD certificate on completion, ideal for anyone interested in learning BSL. Find out more here.
Learn a new language or brush up your skills! (Available in the Android and IoS App store)
TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)
The official certification lasts forever and can be used for paid work!
University of Edinburgh Short Online Courses (MOOCs)
MOOCs are free online short courses on a broad range of subjects. Click here to find out more.
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