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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Edinburgh University Students' Association

The Edinburgh University Students' Association offers a wide range of support specifically tailored for PG taught and research students.

Each year, the Students’ Association trains over 2000 Class Representatives across the university. Students can volunteer to be a Class/Programme Rep for their programme or year of study and receive training and support from the Association throughout the year. This includes optional intermediate training on public speaking, chairing meetings, and debating and negotiating. 

The Students’ Association has the role of representing the University’s 35,000 students, through the work of its four elected Sabbatical Officers, Elected Reps, and Class Reps. The 2,000+ Student Reps across the University exist to gather student views about various aspects of academic life and the wider student experience. They ask students for feedback about what’s working well and what can be improved, in order to work with staff to create positive changes in the University community and beyond. Learn more about the Students’ Association and its role supporting student representation at

Once Class Reps are selected, they need to self-register with the Students’ Association at They will then receive support from the Students’ Association and participate in their compulsory basic online training (or basic refresher online training) to help prepare them for the role, including how to gather representative feedback and work effectively with staff to improve the student learning experience. They are expected to work in partnership with course organisers and programme directors at Student-Staff Liaison Committee Meetings to implement positive changes as appropriate. Class Reps will receive HEAR recognition for their role after they have successfully completed the self-registration, basic online training, and a blog or vlog to share their work with the students they represent. 

For further information, visit the Student Engagement webpage at or the Student Representation for Distance Learners webpage at that each show how the University and the Students’ Association promote student engagement in teaching and learning.

Students can join the PG Society for a chance to socialise with PG students from different Schools and Colleges. In addition, the Association has over 250 societies, all of which are open to both UGs and PGs, so be sure to take a look through the list and get involved.

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