The Student Guide Programme

The Student Guide Programme is Heriot-Watt's peer-assisted learning scheme.

The aim of the programme is for Year 3 and above students to provide academic, social, and transition support to Year 1 and 2 students (including direct entry students) in the form of peer-assisted learning (PAL). PAL is a model that promotes cross-year support between students on the same degree programme. It encourages students to support each other and learn cooperatively under the guidance of students in later years.

The programme is designed to help students settle into university life, act as an additional level of academic support, and give them a chance to create some lasting social connections with both other students in their year and students in later years of their degree programme. Some examples of what a Student Guide can help students with include:

  • Helping you understand a topic within a course
  • Providing advice on how to develop academic skills
  • Giving you tips on how to settle into university (e.g. meeting new people or finding your way around)
  • Providing advice on how to approach an assignment

This programme is being run in a selection of schools and departments in the 2019/20 academic year. Find out more information about the Student Guide Programme and the subjects involved.

Additionally, if you have any questions about the Student Guide Programme, you can email

Ask a Student Success Advisor

Ask a Student Success Advisor is a one-to-one email based support service available to students who have either an Unconditional Firm (UF) or Conditional Firm (CF) offer of a place at Heriot-Watt. It is an opportunity to ask a Student Success Advisor by email any questions you may have before beginning University.

Student Success Advisors are all recent Heriot-Watt graduates, so know from experience what studying here is really like. The Ask a Student Success Advisor service can provide you with information you need about the university from the perspective of someone who has recently studied here, can offer you top tips for successful study and answer any questions you might have. Your questions don’t just have to be about your academic programme, if there is anything about coming to Heriot-Watt you are not sure about or want to know, just Ask a Student Success Advisor.

Ask a Student Success Advisor is part of the support that Heriot-Watt provides to students from Widening Participation backgrounds who have either an Unconditional Firm (UF) or a Conditional Firm (CF) offer of a place at Heriot-Watt.

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