What We Do

The team in the Student Support Office (SSO):

  1. advises students when they are unsure about the most relevant support service and will help them to make contact with that support where necessary;
  2. provides support and pastoral care and helps to foster a sense of community amongst students;
  3. manages emergency and crisis situations that impact on students.

You can also visit the Student Support Office about other issues, some of which may include:

  • Absences, authorised interruption of study and withdrawal
  • Accommodation problems
  • Attendance monitoring
  • Changing courses
  • Degree transfers
  • Enquiries about your programme
  • Ensuring your student record is correct and assisting with any necessary amendments
  • Financial difficulties
  • Freshers' Week enquiries
  • Learning adjustments
  • Letters confirming your student status or for opening a bank account
  • Personal or family problems
  • Special circumstances applications

Students away from the School during their year abroad will remain assigned to their Personal Tutor in Edinburgh, but the SSO will remain a first point of contact and support for these students.

Aims and objectives of study support and pastoral care provision in the School of Law

At the heart of the School’s support mechanisms is the relationship between the student and his or her Personal Tutor (PT). The PT will have oversight of the individual student’s academic progress through the degree. 

The SSO will be the first point of contact for pastoral care matters and will also provide a drop-in triage service for all other enquiries. 

Importantly, the ethos of the School is that students may contact any member of the teaching and support staff (including the Senior Tutor) for help and guidance as appropriate to circumstance.

Senior Tutor: Professor Lesley McAra, Lesley.McAra@ed.ac.uk+44 (0)131 650 2036