Support Services

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Academic Support

Students on this programme are also supported by Architecture services, including technical support and the Architecture Library, which holds stock for this programme. There are also other excellent library facilities within the University, including the ECA library in Evolution House. In addition, the University is well provided with specialist support services through the Main Library, Information Services, etc. These may be approached directly or through the Programme Director. Study skills, English language tuition, and many other general forms of support for students’ academic development are also available. See especially the range of support offered by the Institute for Academic Development (

Pastoral Support

Students should feel free to bring problems of any kind (academic, medical, personal, religious, etc.) to the attention of the Programme Director. It is the student’s responsibility to do so immediately where the problem may affect their academic performance. The Programme Director will discuss and, where relevant, suggest solutions for any problems, and assist in finding support from other members of staff where appropriate. For problems that are essentially non-academic the student can if necessary be referred to counselling or other specialist support. These and other services, such as The Advice Place (run by EUSA, Bristo Square, extension 516060,, may also be approached directly if preferred.

See also sources of specialist support listed in Appendix IV of the Code of Practice for Taught Postgraduate Programmes (

Personal Tutors

In the context of the Design and Digital Media programme, the statement below is interpreted as follows. Each student is assigned a Personal Tutor, who will be one of John Lee, Richard Coyne or Jules Rawlinson. However, although you are welcome to contact your assigned PT whenever you wish, we operate a team approach. After the introductory meeting of the programme (which may be considered the first Group Meeting), all students will have an individual meeting with the Programme Director , though this may not be within the first 2 weeks. Further group and individual meetings will be organised and advised during the teaching year. The points made in this Handbook about the role of the Programme Director remain valid.


ECA Personal Tutoring Statement

Information relating to the Personal Tutor system, Student Support Officers, and the student support services available across the University can be found here.


ECA has a specialist Student Support Officer for postgraduate taught students, who is a member of the Postgraduate Office Team:

Lucy Hawkins – PG Student Support Officer

Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 5734


Language Support

The University’s Institute for Applied Language Studies run English Language courses for international students and courses in European and other languages for the local community and com­panies all year round.
Contact details for the Institute for Applied Language Studies are – Tel: 0131 650 6200 / Web:  / Email: /

 Student Disability Service

The Student Disability Service is a service which supports disabled students. Their main focus is providing advice and support. They support students with dyslexia, mental health issues and students on the autistic spectrum, as well as those who have physical and sensory impairments.