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
The Student Guide Programme is currently being piloted in a selection of schools and departments.
School of Engineering and Physical Sciences
School of Mathematics and Computer Sciences
School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure, and Society
School of Textiles and Design
School of Social Sciences
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.
If you would like to know more about the Student Guide Programme please contact email@example.com.