Arrival & induction

Welcome Week, registration, matriculation and other useful information.

Information for new students

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 2019

All new PGR students are invited to attend the PGR Induction event on Wed 11 September 2019. 

School of Informatics PGR Induction

Wednesday 11th September 2019

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







Informatics Forum


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


10.00 - 10.30

Informatics Forum


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




Informatics Forum


Overview of University Student Support Services

Dr Lindsey Fox, Graduate School Manager

10:50 - 11:15   Comfort break




Informatics Forum


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

Introduction talk from Liza Sutherland, Enterprise Executive Postgraduate

Launch.ed information


11:30 - 12:00



Informatics Forum


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


12:00 - 12:15


Informatics Forum


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

Information session given by Steve Norman, University Careers Service

University Careers Service information


12:15 - 12:30


Informatics Forum


Library Information Session - Research Students

Library Information Information Session from Angela Nicholson, Informatics Library Representative


For information



EUSA Welcome Talk - Research Students

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

EUSA information


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


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

The Student Immigration Service 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.

Student Immigration Service