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

Arranging and receiving UoE studentship stipend payments

  • Students in receipt of a funded offer must visit the Fees Department to present a copy of their programme offer letter. This is very important as it allows the fees team to confirm the award of the funding and helps make sure the School is invoiced for the payment of tuition fees.   
  • Where PGR students have been awarded a funding package from the University, the IGS will arrange all stipend payments and into UK banks accounts only. 
  • In order to receive stipend payments, students must be successfully and fully matriculated and had their attendance confirmed.   
  • Once matriculated, students should visit the IGS to complete the necessary payment payment paperwork and provide the IGS with UK bank account details.  This should be done as soon as students arrive on campus e.g. during September Welcome week (or the week of arrival if arriving outside of the September welcome week).
  • As soon as IGS have received the necessary paperwork and bank details, the IGS Finance Administrator will submit a payment request for the initial 3 month block payment.  From the date of the IGS request, it can take up to 20 working days for the initial payment to be paid into a student's UK bank account, so please manage expectations and finances accordingly. 
  • The first payment made to a funded student is normally a block payment of the equivalent of 3 months of stipend payments, subsequent payments will be paid monthly (in advance, not arrears) into the same bank account. 

School of Informatics PGR Welcome Events 2020

All new PGR students are invited to attend the PGR Induction event on Tuesday 4th February 2020. 

School of Informatics PGR Induction

Tuesday 4th February 2020

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





Appleton Tower 7.14

Welcome to Informatics - Research Students

Welcome Talk from Prof Nigel Topham - (Director of Graduate School and Alex Lascarides (Deputy Director of Graduate School)


11.00 - 11.15

Appleton Tower 7.14

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 7.14

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 7.14

Overview of University Student Support Services

Dr Lindsey Fox, Graduate School Manager

12:00 - 1:00

Inf Forum MF 2

New PGR Welcome Lunch

Further Resources




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