Social Media Guidelines

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Social media – tools such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter – can be a good way for you to share your thoughts and questions about the University, your programme and your courses.  Many courses will have a social media space (e.g. a Facebook group), some may be set up and administered by course organisers, class reps, or others.

While there are many cautionary tales about the use of social media, 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 allows 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.

For further information on the use of Social Media, please see the University’s main website via the following link:


To view the University of Edinburgh Social Media Handbook, please see the following link: