Official communications

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Email

Email is the formal means of communication by the University. All students on this programme are given an official University email.

Your email address is made up of: s + your student number@sms.ed.ac.uk (e.g. s1101234@sms.ed.ac.uk).

You can access your email via the MyEd portal: www.myed.ed.ac.uk

IMPORTANT!

Your University email is your official email and will be used for a variety of essential communications. You must access and manage this account regularly as you will be sent vital information from time to time, for example on exam arrangements. It is assumed that you have opened and acted on these communications. Failure to do so will not be an acceptable excuse or ground for appeal.

Information on forwarding your email to another mail service can be found at: www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/computing/comms-and-collab/email/webmail/help/imp/filters/forwarding

Updating Personal Details

Via Student Self Service, you can view and edit personal and study details within your MyEd Portal. The Student Personal Details channel allows you to review your contact details, address information & emergency contacts. It also provides the ability to edit certain personal details directly.

www.studentsystems.ed.ac.uk/student/Student_Self_Service.htm

Use of Social Media

While there are many cautionary tales about the use of social media and the ‘digital footprint’, there are also many positives to engaging with it. There have been many examples recently of students and graduates using social media to network and, in some cases, find employment.

Social media allow easy exchange of information and ideas and can provide a powerful platform for discussion – all of which is within the control of the account owner. Do not be afraid to engage with debate but do remember that what goes on the internet stays on the internet – you need to remember that a future employer may discover things about you that you would prefer to keep private. We expect you to be courteous in your postings and to not make personal or hurtful comments about other students or staff. You should ensure your comments are lawful – i.e. are consistent with legislatively protected areas of equality and diversity – and do not constitute a disciplinary offence under the University’s code, which include offensive behaviour (in writing as well as actual) and bringing the University into disrepute.

Other Forms of Communication

Mobile phones are used in emergency situations and students are encouraged to update their contact details via the MyEd portal. At times we will write to you; it is important to keep both your semester and permanent home address up to date. This is also done via the MyEd portal.