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What is the aim of the myTimetable Project?

The primary aim of the myTimetable Project is to improve the student experience by providing students with an individual timetable linked directly to their module enrolments.

You can read more about what the project will deliver on the deliverables page.

What is an individual timetable?

An individual timetable is a timetable that’s personal to the student and linked to their module enrolments and activity allocations like which specific tutorial, seminar, workshop etc. to attend. Individual student timetables will include both compulsory and optional modules, and all associated group teaching activities (e.g. lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars etc.).

 

Who will get an individual timetable?

Individual timetables will be produced for students studying at an Edinburgh Campus including full time, part time, undergraduate and post graduate taught students. Those students studying outside an Edinburgh Campus, via distance learning, and post-graduate research students, will not receive an individual timetable.

Will it be a full year timetable?

No, in 2017/18 we will only publish individual timetables on a trimester by trimester basis.

Will there still be a module/staff/room/student set timetable?

Yes. There will still be module, room, student set and staff timetables available as per the current process.  These will be published in June for Trimester 1 2017/18.

How will students be allocated to tutorial/workshop/practical/seminar groups?

By default, students will be automatically allocated to activities (lectures, tutorials, workshops etc.) as part of the scheduling process. Where this automatic allocation process is not appropriate, it will form part of an exceptions policy that is being created by the Department of Learning and Teaching Enhancement. Once this policy is developed it will be shared with all staff.

If my lecture is moved to Friday at 4pm, will I always have to teach at that time?

No, the timetable will be scheduled each year so lecture times will change depending on requirements such as number of students on a course and room availability.

Why can’t the timetables be the same every year?

Timetables are subject to many changes that affect teaching. These can include increases in student numbers, staff members leaving or arriving, students choosing different options, and differences in the rooms or facilities available.

Why can’t we decide which rooms we want for our activities?

Central rooms are allocated on the basis of class size, category of room and equipment required. This enables us to achieve an efficient use of the available rooms and to optimise space utilisation. Any activity with a specific requirements for a type of room should note this on the Module Teaching/Timetabling Requirements form.

Can we make changes to the timetable after its published?

Changes to the timetable will be managed through a policy currently being developed by the Department of Learning and Teaching Enhancement. This policy may include principles on the type changes that can be made, as well as channels for approving changes if the timetable has already been published. We need to ensure our policies support appropriate changes while minimising the amount of unnecessary change to the timetable after its published.

I want to change the teaching content of my course. Will I be able to do this?

The individual timetable does not describe the content of modules so flexibility in teaching is retained.

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What is the aim of the myTimetable Project?

The primary aim of the myTimetable Project is to improve the student experience by providing students with an individual timetable linked directly to their module enrolments.

You can read more about what the project will deliver on the deliverables page.

What is an individual timetable?

An individual timetable is a timetable that’s personal to the student and linked to their module enrolments and activity allocations like which specific tutorial, seminar, workshop etc. to attend. Individual student timetables will include both compulsory and optional modules, and all associated group teaching activities (e.g. lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars etc.).

 

Who will get an individual timetable?

Individual timetables will be produced for students studying at an Edinburgh Campus including full time, part time, undergraduate and post graduate taught students. Those students studying outside an Edinburgh Campus, via distance learning, and post-graduate research students, will not receive an individual timetable.

Will it be a full year timetable?

No, in 2017/18 we will only publish individual timetables on a trimester by trimester basis.

Will there still be a module/staff/room/student set timetable?

Yes. There will still be module, room, student set and staff timetables available as per the current process.  These will be published in June for Trimester 1 2017/18.

I’m studying from outside Edinburgh, will I receive an individual timetable?

No, only students studying at an Edinburgh campus will receive individual timetables.

Why can’t the timetables be the same every year?

Timetables are subject to many changes that affect teaching. These can include increases in student numbers, staff members leaving or arriving, students choosing different options, and differences in the rooms or facilities available.

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