Author: Alex McCombie

two girls on Arthurs Seat

Reading Time: 4 minutes After a long summer we are finally back to classes, but this time we are largely online! Today, I want to take everyone through a short look through my first week of online classes, as well as my top tips of how to keep on top of things when you aren’t there in person. My […]

geoscience ball

Reading Time: 6 minutes The past two years have gone by in a blink of an eye, it feels like I’ve been here forever, but it also feels like I’ve been here just a couple days. From our Q&A sessions I’ve seen a lot of questions about what it was like moving in, starting classes, making friends and joining […]

barista pouring a coffee

Reading Time: 4 minutes For many students, working part time is a great way to make living in Edinburgh more affordable. As someone coming to Edinburgh after living in a small town for most of my life, I noticed a massive increase in variety of work that you can do when your living in a city like Edinburgh. No […]

Picture of me in front of Edinburgh castle

Reading Time: 6 minutes With the current global situation, first and second year exams have been cancelled and our teaching has been moved online. We were fortunate to already have had most of our teaching in person. Our classes have now ended but today I’m going to give you a rundown of what a typical day in virtual uni […]

photo of using a microscope

Reading Time: 5 minutes Why did I choose to go to Edinburgh? Whilst many may say they went to Edinburgh for the prestigious reputation or that it’s a world-famous university, that wasn’t really something of much importance for me, what I really cared about was the experience and the quality of teaching – luckily enough for me these were […]

Picture of palaeontology society committee after the quiz

Reading Time: 7 minutes Edinburgh University has over 350 societies; from Mahjong society to chocolate society – there is an endless list of new hobbies, activities and educational pursuits to enjoy. In addition to appreciation, political, and volunteering societies, almost every school has a society tailored to them.  As a fresher I (like many others) signed up to way […]

Image of Pentland Hills

Reading Time: 4 minutes Edinburgh is known worldwide as a city of great scientific importance; from the geological discoveries of the 18th century to the current progressive research taking place in the university – our small city is bursting with fantastic geological sites and attractions. And so today I’m going to take you on a whistle-stop geosciences tour around […]

picture of group of girls out hillwalking

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you are reading this you probably already know that geosciences are pretty great, but I’m here to tell you exactly why geology is the best undergraduate degree.  Many of my friends still don’t understand exactly what we study, many call us a ‘glorified Duke of Edinburgh’ or a ‘colouring in’ degree. However, whilst we still love climbing mountains or a […]

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