The Sabbatical Officer team are continue to work hard to make your voices heard to the University and beyond. They are currently focusing on a wide range of issues including:
- The re-introduction of a "no detriment" style policy to support students whose academic performance has been impacted by the pandemic;
- Extending the rent pause secured for students in University accommodation, supporting those involved in the student rent strike, and fighting for the rights of students in private accommodation;
- Communicating student feedback regarding tuition fee refunds to the University.
On January 11th, your Sabbatical Officers came together with Officers from across the UK to write to the Russel Group to express their disappointment at a statement suggesting that the Russel Group Universities were opposed to the re-introduction of a "no detriment" style policy. You can read their letter here, and the response from the Russel Group here.
Scotland is currently in Level 4 Covid-19 Protection Restrictions until 31 January 2021. This means that you must stay at home except for essential purposes. For full COVID-19 guidance visit the Scottish Government website and for updates from The University of Edinburgh visit this page.
Our buildings and spaces may currently be closed (all except our Shop at Pollock Halls) but several key student services are still here for you.
The Advice Place is open for phone and email advice - call 0131 507 0815 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Advice Place can also talk to you on Microsoft Teams by appointment. Check the opening times page for daily times. You can also access online resources here.
If you have any questions or need help with anything then please do not hesitate to contact the relevant team at:
General Enquiries: email@example.com
Peer Learning and Support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Representation and Democracy: email@example.com
Advice and Support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Room Bookings: email@example.com
You can find contact information for your Student Representatives here.
On November 26th, your Sabbatical Officers sent a letter - co-signed by student representatives from 11 other Scottish Higher Education institutions - to the Scottish Government demanding urgent action to support students, Students' Associations and Univiersities respond to the challenges of COVID-19.
One of our key asks is that the Gvernment provide financial support to Universities, on the condition that funds be used to enhance the student experience and provide accommodation and fee refunds to students who have been impacted by the pandemic.
Read the Sabbatical Officers' statement on the letter here, and find the full letter here. In mid-December we received a response which you can read here. We feel that many of the issues raised have not been adequately addressed and will continue to lobby University and national leaders.
We are here to represent you, to fight your corner to try and make things that little bit easier. Sometimes it's a quick win, sometimes it's more complicated than that, but if we don't know about it we can't speak up for you.
So we want to hear from you, the lows and the highs and everything in-between. From your studies to your living situation, tell us what life is like for you right now. If there's one thing we know it's that whatever you're going through it's likely others are too, and the more we talk about it, the more powerful that message becomes.
Fill in our anonymous form here and let us know what you want us to know. So far we have used the information you have shared to inform the open letters we have sent to the University. Continue to share your experience to help us help you.
This form is anonymous meaning we can't follow-up on individual issues, so if you need 1-2-1 support please get in touch with our Advice Place, or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Sabbatical Officers work full time for the year representing your views to the Unviersity, and local and national government. You can find out more about them here, or get in touch via the contact info below.
Each School also has an Undergraduate and Postgraduate School Representative. They are responsible for ensuring that the voices are students are listened to at the School level - through communicating student feedback to staff, and sitting on School-level committees
Find your School Rep here.
Within your School there are Programme Representatives working at the most local level of the University to ensure that student feedback is communicated, and supporting the enhancement of teaching and learning on individual courses and degree programmes.