Supporting ‘First in Family’ students

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You may have noticed staff members across the University wearing a ‘First in Family’ badge. These are part of a campaign to support any students who are the first in their family to attend University.

Being the first in your family to attend university, without anyone in your family having prior experience, can mean students need additional support from their chosen institution.

The University of Edinburgh has a wide range of resources to help students in this position to thrive, from counselling to financial support. You can find information on all of these services on our student webpages.

Services and support

These badges have been provided to staff, should they wish to wear them, to highlight to students just how many people across the institution can understand their experience and are there to support them on their journey.

Any staff member who chooses to wear this badge has not taken on a formal role. It means they are happy to be a role model, a listening ear, or simply a friendly face.

Find out more

If you’re interested in sourcing a badge for yourself or members of your team, please get in touch with Lauren Harrison, Senior Project Officer: