Get to know the Student Services team

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At Edinburgh College we aim to provide the best learning environment we can and support our students throughout their time with us. Most of our courses are being delivered online, but the Student Services team are available to support you virtually from when you start your studies with us.

If you’re thinking about studying with us, read our blog to get to know the Student Services team to see what support is available to you.

Guidance team

We have guidance staff based at each of our campuses who can help you with a range of different things. Liam, from the guidance team, has shared some information about what the team can help with.

Hi! My name is Liam Thomson I am a Student Adviser in the Guidance Team. We are the first point of contact for students. We can offer support and guidance with many things including applying for funding, emergency/discretionary funding, SAAS help, help with looking for a job through Jobzone, accommodation/halls of residence, UCAS support, support for young carers, support for Care Experienced students, help with money management and budgeting. 

When the campus is open as normal we do drop-ins at Student Services 10.30 – 2.30 Monday to Friday.  We are currently not available for drop-ins on campus due to the current situation, so we are encouraging students to email us on guidance@edinburghcollege.ac.uk rather than coming into campus. 

If you are unsure of what kind of help you need or who in the College can help you please come and speak to the guidance team, if we can’t help you directly, we will be able to advise on who can help.

Funding team

When you are thinking about coming to college, one of the most important things to consider is how you will pay for course fees and living expenses. The funding team work hard behind the scenes to process funding applications for bursaries, childcare funding and more.

There are a range of funding options available to support you financially at college. Visit the Funding and Fees section of our website to find out more about funding your studies.

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Course Information team

The course information team are the first point of contact if you need help with your college application or have questions about courses. If you are working on your application and have a question about submitting it or would like more information about a course, you can get in touch with the team by emailing them on courseinfo@edinburghcollege.ac.uk .

Learning Development Tutors (LDTs)

When you start a full-time course at Edinburgh College you will be assigned a Learning Development Tutor (LDT). Your Learning Development Tutor (LDT) will be your main point of contact.  This means that you will have a friendly face to offer support and guidance when you first start college and throughout your studies. Ruth from the team tells us a bit more about LDTs below.

Hello, my name is Ruth and I’m a Learning Development Tutor (known as LDT). We have a team at each of the Edinburgh College campuses, with LDTs based at each campus.  

Learning Development Tutors are the main point of contact for students on full-time courses. We provide guidance and support to students throughout their academic journey and this is done via online communication, telephone, one hour weekly tutorials and 1-2-1 meetings to discuss any concerns. We work closely with curriculum staff and other support staff within the student services team in order to provide you with all the information and support you require. 

LDTs monitor your attendance and engagement and will contact you if we have any concerns about these. We also deal with any disciplinary issues concerning our students. 

The tutorial programme runs over the academic year with a strong focus on helping students familiarise themselves with how the college operates, as well as academic progression and career management. 

We provide students with our contact details at the start of the academic year so you can contact us when you need to. As well as a weekly tutorial, we also offer 1-2-1 meetings twice a year to assess your progress and give you the opportunity to discuss any issues. However, we are available for you to contact out with these meetings as well. 

We are here to help and guide you through your time here at Edinburgh College, so good luck and enjoy your time with us

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Learning Support team

If you need additional support with your learning at college, our learning support team can create a personal learning support plan. This will make sure you have all the support you need during your studies. When you apply, make sure to include information about a disability, additional learning support need, or if you are Care Experienced. A member of the team will be in touch to talk with you about this. The learning support team will be available throughout your time at college.

My name is Catherine McCormack and I am the Care Experienced Lead at Edinburgh College working closely with our Care-Experienced Advisers based on each of the college’s four campuses. 

We work with students and external partners to increase the educational opportunities available to people who have spent time in care and are committed to tackling the trend of Care Experienced people leaving school at a young age and with few qualifications. 

We would encourage you to tick on your application form if you are care-experienced or a care leaver as this allows us to contact you and explain in more detail the support we can offer, including the Care-Experienced Bursary and allocating you a named person during your time at college. 

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