Our blogs are all written by current undergraduate students at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. The blogs reflect their own student experiences and therefore these do not reflect the views of the University.
A breakdown in talks between the University College Union (UCU) and Universities UK (UUK) has resulted in confirmed strikes over the next few weeks. This can be a confusing time for many students left wondering what impact the strikes will have on them directly. Before casting evil glances towards our lecturers as we exit class let’s give a little thought to why the strikes are necessary. First of all, teachers and tutors do actually want to teach their students. Contrary to what… Read moreStrikes. Why and When?
A guide to the best events during the Festival of Creative Learning The Festival of Creative Learning holds some of the best student experiences that the University of Edinburgh has to offer during the week of 19th – 23rd February 2018. Here are some of the events you can look forward to: The Edinburgh apprentice Think you could survive Lord Sugar’s high-energy and rivalrous competition? Here’s your chance! Gather a team and compete to win Edinburgh’s Apprentice, using your marketing, sales, and… Read moreTaking advantage of the Festival of Creative Learning
We all have those lazy days when, after finishing a day at Uni, there is nothing you want to do more than lie on your bed and watch Netflix. It feels nice and it is good for you to relax. But in the long run, what will give you more energy than that is some good exercise, not to mention it is a great stress-reliever. I know that is hard to make yourself leave the house, but it really is… Read moreHow to get yourself to work out
So your flat lease doesn’t end until August, and you have no money to travel this summer. Your CV is looking a little thin, and you can’t quite bring yourself to leave Edinburgh – especially after struggling through the dark months only to feel like you have to leave as soon as the weather actually improves. Fascinating Edinburgh internships The University is here to help! On Thursday 1 February, the Career’s Service released a series of 10-13 week internships within the university… Read moreEmploy.ed internships
You’ve made it to university…now what? There are so many options for life after university, like going further in your education with a graduate scheme or degree, beginning your professional career or travelling. It’s difficult to make a decision or even know where to start. Thankfully, the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS) has an event to help you! Life beyond your degree PPLS is holding an event with alumni this Thursday, 01 February at the Psychology Building from 5pm – 7.30pm… Read morePlanning for your future
So you have accepted an offer to study abroad and are wondering what’s next. Luckily, we’ve put together this handy guide on how to best prepare for your exchange, complete with a visual checklist – fancy! Preparing to go abroad may leave you feeling overwhelmed. It is, after all, a big adjustment. As an exchange alumni, I can tell you that it is extremely worth it. Just before I left for Auckland (almost one year on!!) a family member handed me a letter filled with… Read morePreparing for your Year Abroad
One of the coolest things about being a humanities student at the University of Edinburgh is that you can choose from an amazing range of niche optional courses in your first and second year. It allows us to explore so many options that would not have been available to us otherwise. As Queen of Quirky Courses, I have spent hours traversing the University’s programme building tool ‘Path’ in order to find niche optional courses that rebel against the “strong recommendation” to choose… Read moreNiche optional courses: from Gaelic to witchcraft
Exam revision is the worst time of university life in my opinion. But you can’t avoid it, so it’s important to be prepared when the stress hits. For me, the first exam period was the worst, but my coping strategies improved since then and the past December exams went by relatively smoothly. Here are some things that helped me be more mentally stable and productive. 1. Grasp the concepts Understand every concept before the start of revision: If you go… Read moreExam revision: 7 coping strategies
In little over a week, the winter semester will draw to a close. You might be feeling pretty accomplished or in real need of a festive break. In either case it’s good to prepare for what’s ahead. With these tips, you will be sure to make your second semester this year the best one yet! Review your progress 1. Reflect This might seem obvious but we often forget to do it. Take a pen and paper and jot down on one… Read moreMaking second semester better
For anyone, the holiday break after exams is a breath of fresh air… but none of us expected to miss university life so much. Of course, the holiday break is full of time well-spent with family and friends, which is especially valuable to those of us who don’t have the luxury of a quick 2-hour drive (try 11 hours on a plane!). No one, however, prepared me for the realization that I missed my university family more than anything. After… Read moreWhat you’ll realise during your first break from university