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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.


Academic Support and Liaison Librarian (SoSS - not LINCS)

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Marion Kennedy
I am currently working from home and can be reached by email. Heriot-Watt staff and students can also contact me on Microsoft Teams. Online appointments available

Academic Support and Liaison Librarian (EGIS except ICIT)

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Sarah Kelly
Schedule Appointment
I am currently working from home and can be reached by email. Online appointments are also available and Heriot-Watt staff and students can contact me on Microsoft Teams.
Subjects: Acoustics and Noise Control, Advanced Structural Engineering, Affordability, Housing Markets and Private Renting, Applied Geoscience, Applied Petroleum Geoscience, Architectural Engineering, Biological Sciences, Building Services Engineering, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), Carbonate Reservoirs, Centre for Enhanced Oil Recovery and CO2 Solutions, Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology, Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering and Construction Management, Climate Change: Managing the Marine Environment, Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying, Commercial Property Markets, Comparative Housing and Urban Research, Construction Management and Innovation, Construction Management and Surveying, Construction Project Management, Eco-housing, EGIS, Estuary and Coastal Geosciences, Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST), Geography, Society and Environment, Geomaterials, Global Environmental Change and Policy, Global Sustainability Engineering, Health and Wellbeing in the Built Environment, Housing Design, Development and Regeneration, Housing Policy, Housing Management and Governance, Hydrates and PVT, Institute for Infrastructure & Environment, Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE), Institute for Sustainable Building Design (ISBD), Institute of Geoenergy Engineering, Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (ILES), International Marine Science, Marine Resource Management and Policy, Marine, Environment & Climate Change, Mature Field Management, Neighbourhoods and Deprivation, Oilfield Chemistry, Petroleum Engineering, Pore-Scale Modelling, Poverty, Homelessness and Social Justice, Production Engineering and Technology, Real Estate, Reservoir Evaluation and Management, Reservoir Geophysics, Spatial Planning and Real Estate Development, Structural Engineering, Subsurface Energy Systems, Sustainability and Carbon Management, Sustainable Materials, Sustainable Transport, Uncertainty Quantification, Urban Design and Planning, Urban Energy, Urban Studies and Design, Water Conservation and Drainage

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

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Astrid Faragher
Schedule online
Edinburgh Campus Library

+44 (0)131 451 3383

Academic Support and Liaison Librarian (EPS and ICIT)

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Kirsty Thomson
Schedule Appointment
Help at your own campus

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 (Textiles)

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Laurie Roberts
Campus Library
Scottish Borders Campus

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.