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 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.

This programme is being piloted in a selection of schools and departments in the 2019/20 academic year.

What is a Student Guide?

Student Guides (SGs) are students in Year 3 or above of their programme who are responsible for facilitating the learning of students in Years 1 or 2 of the same programme. They will act as an additional level of support, alongside what the University already offers. As current students, they will be able to provide advice and support based on their first-hand experience with a particular course or programme. They should be proud to be a Heriot-Watt student, keen to help other people, and should have a good understanding of the fundamental topics within their subject area. SGs should have a strong desire to develop their personal and professional skills through extra-curricular activities.

What is a Student Learner?

A Student Learner (SL) is a student in either Year 1 or 2 who is part of the Student Guide Programme and receives support from a Student Guide.

Benefits of taking part

For Student Learners

  • Extra opportunities to develop skills related to your degree
  • Additional academic support
  • More chances to work with your fellow students
  • Making the adjustment to university life easier

For Student Guides

  • Increase your employability
  • Gain valuable leadership experience
  • Opportunity to improve the university experience of other students 
  • Enhance your knowledge of content from previous years
  • Develop your Graduate Attributes
  • Be an integral part of the student experience at Heriot-Watt

Programme availability

The Student Guide Programme is currently being piloted in a selection of schools and departments.

School of Engineering and Physical Sciences
In EPS, the pilot programme is available to Physics, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering students who will be entering Year 1 in September 2019. These students will be allocated a Student Guide before they arrive onto campus and will be placed into study groups.
Study groups led by a Student Guide will be offered every two weeks. Only the first study group session is mandatory, the rest are optional, but encouraged.
 
School of Mathematics and Computer Sciences
Within MACS in Semester 1 of the 2019/20 academic year, the Student Guide Programme pilot will be running for Year 2 Computer Science (i.e. Computer Science, Computer Systems, Information Systems, and Software Engineering) students. Student Guides in this scheme will run an open study session for students that takes place on a weekly basis. Their role will be to facilitate and enhance the learning of Year 2 students and provide them with an additional level of support alongside what the University already offers.
 
 
For more information about the Computer Science scheme, please contact Hans-Wolfgang Loidl.
School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure, and Society
In EGIS, the pilot programme will be available to Year 1 and 2 Biology students who will be joining the University in September 2019. These students will be allocated a Student Guide before they arrive onto campus and will be placed into study groups.
 
Study groups led by a Student Guide will be offered every two weeks. Only the first study group session is mandatory, the rest are optional, but encouraged.
 
School of Textiles and Design
In TEX, the pilot programme is available to direct entry students who will be entering Year 2 and 3 in September 2019. These students will be allocated a Student Guide when they arrive onto campus and will be placed into study groups. Each Student Guide will facilitate a study group for Student Learners from each discipline. These study groups will cover common topic areas from the 6 design courses; Fashion Communication, Fashion Design, Fashion Technology, Fashion Marketing and Retailing, Design for Textiles, and Interior Design.
 
School of Social Sciences
In SoSS, the pilot programme is available to new Year 1 and Year 2 (Direct Entry) LINCS students enrolling in September 2019. These students will be allocated a Student Guide before they arrive onto campus and will be placed into study groups.
 

 

Training

Student Guides will need to take part in one two-hour training session before starting their duties.

For 2019, training sessions will take place in May, June, and September. If you have applied to be a Student Guide, please check your emails for further information.

More information

If you would like to know more about the Student Guide Programme please contact studentsuccess@hw.ac.uk.