Our commitment to student employment

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At the Information Services Group (ISG) we are committed to providing work experience for students. Working alongside our students helps them gain valuable employability skills and provides ISG with a crucial student perspective on our services. Two of members of ISG’s Senior Leadership Team share their thoughts below on the importance of student employment;

“Student employment is a key objective for ISG and the University. One of the main goals of the University is to enhance the employability of its students. As an institution we are, quite rightly, measured on our success in this area. One way that ISG can directly help towards this goal is to employ students during their stay at the University. This is one of the reasons why I have set a target within ISG to employ at least 500 students over the course of each academic year. For ISG, students provide us with a rich source of productivity, innovation and inspiration, and an instant and direct source of feedback on student services. In addition, students are a source of potential new staff members as we build a healthy pipeline of skilled staff for the future”.

Gavin McLachlan, Chief Information Officer and Librarian to the University


“Information Services is a brilliantly dynamic place to work as a student. We offer a variety of part-time jobs, so you can easily combine work with your studies. It is a chance to develop digital skills even if you are studying something completely different for your University degree.”

Melissa Highton, Director of Learning, Teaching and Web Services

The purpose of this blog is to provide an authentic student perspective on what it’s like to work in the Information Services Group, including; the projects students worked on, their insights on how to balance work and studies, as well as advice for future student employees in ISG.

We love to hear from any student working for us – if you’re interested in contributing to our blog, please contact us: IS.Student-Employment@ed.ac.uk