Arrival & induction

Welcome Week, registration, matriculation and other useful information.

Welcome Week 2018/19

Welcome Week 2018 ran from Monday 10th - Friday 14th September 2018. Presentations from some Informatics events are included below.

The following link provides further information for new students:

New Students

Maps to help you find your way around the area can also be found online:

Campus Maps

Matriculation and student card collection

Before you arrive, you should have completed the online registration form which will be available via the MyEd portal in the Student Personal Details channel around 4 weeks before your programme start date.  Full information is available on the Student Support website:

How to Register

If you have not already received your student card, you can collect it from the University card collection event at the Main Library, George Square.

Confirming your attendance

After registering with the University and collecting your student card you must register with the School of Informatics to allow us to confirm your attendance and provide you with an introduction to your new place of work.  Please visit the Graduate School office to register with the School.  You should note it is not possible to register with the School before the attendance date shown in your offer of admission. Once your formal registration has been completed, the Graduate School will direct you to your Institute admin office team, as well as providing you with:

  • a DICE computer username and password if you do not already have one;
  • a key for the room you will be studying in;
  • details about your first scholarship instalment [if payment is arranged via the School - you should ensure you bring your bank details to this visit].

Contact details for Informatics Registration and Induction

Information on the DICE computing environment

School of Informatics PGR Welcome Events 2018

Wednesday 12th September 2018

Presentations from some of our guest speakers are included below. Please contact the Graduate School if you require additional presentations or information.







Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 5

Welcome to Informatics - Taught Masters Students

Head of School and Director of Teaching – Welcome to Informatics talk, MSc Year Organiser talk, School Academic Misconduct Officer talk




Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 3

Welcome to Informatics - Research Students

Welcome talk from Jane Hillston - Head of School

Nigel Topham - Director of Graduate School, Alex Lascarides - Deputy Director of Graduate School

Paolo Guagliardo - PGR Personal Tutor





Appleton Tower,  Lecture Theatre 3

Library Information Session - Research Students

Library Information Information Session from Angela Nicholson, Informatics Library Representative




Appleton Tower,  Lecture Theatre 3

Introduction to LAUNCH.ed, support for student entrepreneurs - Research Students

Introduction talk from Liza Sutherland, Enterprise Executive Postgraduate

Launch.ed information





Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 3

Introduction to DICE Computing - Research Students

Informatics Computing Officer will explain the Distributed Informatics Computing Environment used within the School.

Computing information for new research students

DICE information

Computing Support




Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 3

EUSA Welcome Talk - Research Students

Edinburgh University Students' Association describe their role and services in the University.

EUSA information




Appleton Tower,  Lecture Theatre 3

Transferable Skills Training at the Institute for Academic Development - Research Students

Information session from Louise McKay, Institute for Academic Development

Institute for Academic Development information





Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 3

Careers Information Session and Opportunity for Q&A - Research Students

Information session given by Steve Norman, University Careers Service

University Careers Service information

Thursday 13th September 2018







Informatics Forum,

Mini Forum 2

EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) Welcome Lunch

Welcome Lunch for all new CDT students and staff

All new CDT students required to attend




Informatics Forum

EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training Welcome Meetings

Parallel sessions as follows:

     CDT in Data Science

     Informatics Forum, Room 4.31/4.33

     CDT in Pervasive Parallelism

     Informatics Forum, Room 1.15

     CDT in Robotics & Autonomous Systems

     Informatics Forum, Room G.07 (Please note venue change as of 19 Jul 2018)

The meetings will likely end earlier than 16:00, in which case students may take an optional tour of the Informatics Forum and surrounding area.

All new Centre for Doctoral Training students required to attend




Informatics Forum

EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training Welcome Receptions

Parallel Sessions as follows:

    CDT in Data Science Welcome Reception Informatics Forum, Mini Forum 2

    CDT in Pervasive Parallelism Welcome Reception Informatics Forum, Atrium & Café

    CDT in Robotics & Autonomous Systems Welcome Reception Informatics Forum, G.07

All new CDT students & affiliated current students required to attend - by invitation

Friday 14th September 2018







4.31/33, Informatics Forum

ILCC Welcome Meeting

All new ILCC students required to attend




G.07, Informatics Forum

Welcome to Language social                                                                                                                                                              

All new ILCC students required to attend

Activities and Sports Fairs

The University of Edinburgh has a wide variety of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities for you to get involved with. These are an excellent place to meet new people and try something fun. 






Wednesday 13th September & Thursday 14th September




The Pleasance

Activities and Sports Fair

The University of Edinburgh has over 280 amazing and incredible societies and hundreds of volunteering opportunities! The Activities Fair is your chance to meet lots of people running societies and volunteering groups hear what they have planned for the year ahead.

Activities Fair information

All new students welcome to attend

Teaching support vacancies

The School of Informatics is able to offer a wide range of part-time tutoring, demonstrating, marking and related jobs to students who are currently studying at the University of Edinburgh.  Previous employees have reported that this type of work provides a valuable insight for those considering a career in academia and a useful transferable skill for those of you whose future lies elsewhere.  Work on a particular course might also improve your knowledge of a subject area, or open up new research opportunities.  We hope that you will benefit from this exposure to the teaching environment. More information and a list of current vacancies can be found on our Teaching Support webpages:

Teaching Support

We will be holding a Teaching Support Staff Recruitment event on Friday 14th September; the session will include a short presentation and an opportunity for Q&As.


Date Time Venue Event


Friday 14th September




Informatics Forum, G.07/G.07A and Atrium

Teaching Support Staff Recruitment Event

Information on the wide range of part-time tutoring, demonstrating, marking and teaching assistant posts available to postgraduate students in the School of Informatics. Lunch will be served at 12:00 followed by the presentation at 13:00.

All UG2UG3, UG4, UG5, postgraduate Taught and postgraduate Research students encouraged to attend

Further assistance

General advice

This University guidance page is intended to help new students through the early stages of life in Edinburgh, including useful advice on money, health, events etc.  

New Students Homepage


The University's Accommodation, Catering and Events team provides housing and catering services to over 6,500 students in University owned accommodation, and may be able to help with finding and renting privately-owned accommodation.

Accommodation, Catering and Events

International students

Edinburgh Global provides help and guidance for all new and continuing students who come to Edinburgh from outside the UK. A pre-arrival guide is available on-line which contains lots of useful information, advice, and guidance on a range of topics, including assistance with opening a UK bank account.

Edinburgh Global