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School of Social and Political Science: Undergraduate study


Student Support and Community

All students in the University have a Personal Tutor (an academic member of staff) and a named student support officer attached to their subject area to help with all pastoral and academic matters.

Your Student Support Team in the School of Social and Political Science is your first point of contact for advice and guidance on administrative and pastoral matters. Student support will help and guide you from the day you arrive to the day you leave and are an excellent source of support and guidance for the many issues you may face during university life.

Commonly Requested Resources

The links below will take you directly to the forms and further information on various things that might affect you while studying in the School of Social and Political Sciences.

General Guidance

Each course has its own course handbook, which includes the course description, key contacts as well as assessment criteria. 

Each Degree Programme has its own Degree Programme handbook, which outlines the programme specifications; the aims, structure and requirements of the degree; the general rules governing assessment and examinations; and other useful information.

Our web site is the primary source of detailed information. We strongly encourage you to familiarise yourself with our web pages, and consult them in the first instance whenever you have questions about rules, regulations and procedures in SPS.

University Support Systems

University student Support pages will give your more information about the support available in the University, including a guide to student services including Students’ Association, Health and Welfare, Academic Support and support for disabled students. 

LearnBetter is an online self-enrol resource available in LEARN , the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.  It aims to cover a wide range of general academic topcis such as time management, note taking, reading, assignment writing.  It has a lot of advice about revision and exams and holds workshops  during November and December which can be booked on through MyEd.

The Advice Place is a free advice and information centre for all students at the University.  The service is run by EUSA and offers independent and confidential advice.  Click here for details about counselling and support groups.

Student Counselling are located on Third Floor of the Main Library.  Various drop in workshops take place throughout the year.

Out of Hours Support - Students who experience a crisis outside normal working hours can contact the University for support through the University Security 24/7 contact number 0131 650 2257.

Student Support