Looking after the interests of students, staff and communities is always our priority. We strive to provide safe and inclusive spaces which meet the needs of all.
It is therefore with a heavy heart that from 23 March the remainder of our outlets including Potterrow, The Shop at King’s Buildings and Pollock Shop will be closing.
Your Students’ Association buildings and outlets within Potterrow, Teviot Row House, King’s Buildings House and Pleasance will remain closed until we know it will be safe for all.
The Advice Place remains open on an online basis. If you are concerned about the impact of Coronavirus on your studies, finances, accommodation and rights, you can get in touch with The Advice Place for help and support via email and phone.
The Students’ Association have also cancelled or postponed all upcoming events.
This approach will be continually reassessed as guidance develops and changes.
If you have any questions or need help with anything then please do not hesitate to contact the relevant team at:
General Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peer Learning and Support: email@example.com
Representation and Democracy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advice and Support: email@example.com
Room Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org
The mental and physical wellbeing of students and staff remains our main concern. We are continuing to work with the University during this time, ensuring all actions and decision are made with the best interest of students in mind.
Andrew Wilson, Beth Fellows, Rosheen Wallace, Stephanie Vallancey and Oona Miller
Your Sabbatical Officer Team
Where can I find information and support from the University?
The University are taking steps to reduce the impact of the Coronavirus on students. Details of these and FAQs can be found 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. You can get further contact details and access loads of helpful resources at www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/advice.
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.
The University will be providing a hardship fund for those who have unavoidably incurred additional costs when returning home from Edinburgh. As we get more information on this we will update students.
What are the Students’ Association doing?
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 are joining any groups or considering offering help to those who are self-isolating, consider the following:
- Do not share your private information with others if you believe this puts you at risk.
- We advise students not to pay for groceries or other items in advance for others. Be sure to keep a receipt for any products purchased.
- We recommend you only participate within your local neighbourhood, in familiar spaces.
- 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.
- Follow the official NHS COVID-19 guidelines
Edinburgh Council have also published information and support for vulnerable and high risk people. You can access these resources here.
The COVID-19 Pandemic requires us to make significant changes to our ways of living and working for the good of all. Though we are apart, we are acting together. Despite this whole-community approach, for many of us this is likely to be a frightening and lonely time. We have produced the information below for everyone in our community; whether you are experiencing anxiety and worry about Coronavirus, are social distancing or self-isolating, it is important we are attentive to our mental health and wellbeing in the coming weeks and months.
Please note that during this period, many mental health services are running a reduced service to deal with pressures on capacity.
Click here for more information on how to take care of your mental health while social distancing and in self-isolation.
This is a difficult time for those most vulnerable in society, If you feel comfortable doing so, check in on those in 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 Coronavirus/Covid-19 and volunteering blog post.
You can download this postcard, post it through people’s doors and help out with essential tasks such as bringing them food and medicine. However, you must follow government guidelines including staying 6ft away from people out with your household and if possible, avoid too many trips to the supermarket or pharmacy.
You could also start a WhatsApp group with the people in your building and support where possible, or just use this as a way to stay connected. Read more about setting up a group chat with your neighbours in this blog.
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 very reason.
Finally, you can support your community by following government guidelines throughout the lockdown period. Stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.
Why not take some of this time to focus on your education? Here’s 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.
Free online courses from other Universities
Click here to see over 450 free online Ivy League courses.