Rachel McKay is a Student Adviser at the Edinburgh Futures Institute and serves as a consistent first-point of contact for students seeking support or guidance for a range of matters relating to their studies or personal wellbeing.
This involves supporting students to navigate university policies and procedures, such as programme structures, credit load requirements, extensions and special circumstances processes and student immigration requirements. Student Advisers also provide enhanced pastoral support during periods of mental or physical ill-health, and link in with other services such as the Wellbeing and Counselling teams to ensure a joint-up approach.
As the Edinburgh Futures Institute has flexible learning at it’s heart, and offers the opportunity to study online or on-site, Student Advisers regularly work with students and academic staff to develop plans to suit student’s individual circumstances.
Rachel’s previous work experience has mainly been in the third sector, working in co-design, youth engagement and volunteer coordinating. Rachel spent time in South East Asia, living and working as an English language teacher in schools and language centres. Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology, and she holds a recent qualification in Counselling Skills.