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Academic Study Skills: Home


Welcome to the Academic Study Skills Guide, created by our team of Learning Advisors and Librarians. 

Our team is available to provide one-to-one support through email and appointments.  For library enquiries at Dubai and Malaysia, please contact your campus library in the first instance. 

The contents of this guide have now been moved to the Skills Hub Guide. There you will find advice and resources to support your learning and be successful at University and beyond. 


Learning Advisors

Liaison Librarians 

 What we can
 help with 


  • Academic writing:

    • including essays, reports, academic poster design,
      dissertations and literature reviews. 

    • please note, we do not provide a proofreading or
      copy-editing service.

  • Exam and revision strategies. 

  • Presentation skills.

  • Study strategies. 

  • Teamwork and successful groupwork. 

  • Time management and overcoming procrastination. 


  • Citing and referencing. 

  • Effective search strategies.

  • Evaluating information sources.

  • Researching assignments and finding information. 

  • Using EndNote.


Our contact details are below. We also work closely with other services across the University. More information on those services is at the bottom of this page.


EGIS Academic Librarian (Edinburgh Campus and Distance Learners)

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Sarah Kelly
Schedule An Appointment
If you wish to discuss: finding information, literature/systematic searching, citing and referencing, EndNote, or any other Library resource/service, please 'Email Me' or 'Schedule an Appointment' using the buttons above.

I am based at the Edinburgh Campus.
You can choose an 'In Person (Edinburgh Campus Library)' or an 'Online (Teams)' appointment.

If you can't find a suitable appointment time, please email me.

Academic Support and Liaison Librarian (SoSS - except LINCS)

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Marion Kennedy
Heriot-Watt staff and students can also contact me on Microsoft Teams. Online or in-person appointments available

Learning Adviser (UK and Distance Learning); Liaison Librarian (MACS)

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Rachel Whittington
Schedule Appointment
Edinburgh Campus Library
+44 (0)131 451 3215

Academic Support and Liaison Librarian (EPS)

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Lucrezia Gaion
Schedule Appointment
Edinburgh Campus Library

Academic Support and Liaison Librarian (Textiles)

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Laurie Roberts
Schedule Appointment
Campus Library
Scottish Borders Campus
Subjects: Textiles

Other Useful Services

Academic English Department

Students at Edinburgh campus can also benefit from 1-2-1 Academic Skills Consultations provided by the Academic English department, which provide support with academic writing and oral presentations. For more information, please see their website. 

Careers Service 

The Careers Service provides support with the development of employability skills, such as CV and Application writing. For more information, see their website.

Health and Wellbeing Services

Students at all campuses can access support from the Disability Service, Counseling and other services through the Health and Wellbeing Services webpages.