Student Equipment Fund (SEF) Application Deadline Friday 24th May

The Student Equipment Fund (SEF) is an initiative by the Computer Science Department of Heriot-Watt University to support students in purchasing technology (either in hardware, data or software) to explore the usage of and code development for new platforms, as part of a taught course or as a personal project.

Closing date for the current round of applications is Friday May 24.

For more details please follow the link below:

Develop your presentation skills through psychology research

The Department of Psychology are looking for students to take part in a research study looking at presentation skills. Sign up to help our research and develop a key skill.

Email Dr Mel McKendrick to sign up or find out more:

PROJECT TITLE: Investigation of the effect of exposure and cognitive restructuring in social perception in a speech task context.

You are being asked to take part in a research study to validate the preliminary stages of a new training paradigm for social anxiety. The research is being conducted by Dr Mel McKendrick in collaboration with Prof Chris VcVittie (Queen Margaret University and Professor Andy McKinley (Edinburgh university). The project has been approved by the School of Social Sciences Ethics Committee at Heriot-Watt University.

In this study, you will be randomly assigned to the experimental group or the control group. You will first be asked to complete a series of online personality and mood questionnaires via Qualtrics survey platform. You will then be asked to attend a lab session Heriot-Watt University along with a group of another 5 students. Here each of you will be asked to deliver a series of three 3-minute speeches based on an academic topic of your choice. When not presenting a speech, you will be asked to participate in the audience to evaluate the performance of the other students in the group. Between speeches you will be asked to participate in some short exercises/ratings procedures. All performances will be video and audio recorded for the purposes of analysis but videos will not be shared publicly by the researcher. Your video will be made available for you to view during or after the session depending on which group you are allocated to, but only anonymised written results will be published.

The aim of the study is to investigate the effect of exposure and cognitive restructuring in social perception in a speech task context. This is the first of a series of studies that we ultimately hope to result in a new training paradigm for social anxiety.

The lab session typically takes 2 hours with a further 30 minutes time commitment for pre-study questionnaires.

You may decide to stop being a part of the research study at any time without explanation. You have the right to ask that any data you have supplied to that point be withdrawn. You have the right to omit or refuse to answer or respond to any question that is asked of you.

There are no known benefits or risks for you in this study but it is possible that participation in either group may by enabling you to have some practice in public speaking, benefit you in future presentations.

Your participation in this study is voluntary; there is no compensation for your participation in this study.

In compliance with the Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act, the data we collect will not maintain any personally identifiable information about you. No one will link the data you provide to any identifying information you may supply. Additionally, it might be used for research outputs such as articles and conference presentations, but video/audio recordings will not be shared publicly by the research team but only anonymised written results will be published.

Mel McKendrick will be glad to answer your questions about this study and provide additional information on results if requested. You may contact her at [] or [0131 451 3200].

SFRA Colloquium 2019

The 2019 SFRA Colloquium will present topics on methodological and computational aspects of Data Science, Machine Learning and their applications and developments within Financial Risk, Financial Mathematics and Insurance.

Dates:   SFRA Colloquium 4th – 6th Feb 2019.  

Location: International Center for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS) in Edinburgh (see url: )

​This event is organised by Prof Gareth Peters. Registration is free for Heriot-Watt students and the first day of the event (4th Feb) would be relevant for all final year, MSc and PhD students.

For more info and to register check out the event web page.

Code Clinic (Edinburgh CS)

The Edinburgh Code Clinic will be running again this semester, starting Week 2 Monday 11:15-12:15 and Thursdays 13:15-14:15 in EM 2.50 (left hand side) The Code Clinic is a drop in session to ask questions about coding in general. There will be a lab helper to answer the questions, and you can bring code snippets on laptop or USB stick to get help.

Tier 4 Student Attendance Recording

All students who are sponsored under the UKVI Tier 4 student visa scheme are required to check-in using the SafeZone smartphone App

Please do the following:

  • Download the SafeZone app to your smartphone as soon as possible, it is available here:
  • Register on the app using your Heriot-Watt email address (not a personal email address)
  • Tier 4 students are required to use the ‘check-in’ and ‘check-out’ functions at least once each week (except for vacations, placements, authorised absences and certified sickness).
  • Students should ‘check-in’ when they arrive at a lecture, tutorial, seminar or other timetabled academic session and ‘check-out’ at the end of that session.
  • PGR students can check in and out from their designated desk, office, lab, PGR support office or their supervisor’s office if they don’t have a timetabled session during a week.
  • Check your Heriot-Watt email account frequently for further updates and information

Tier 4 attendance recording is an important part of your Tier 4 visa conditions, and checking-in each week demonstrates to UKVI that you are a genuine student and engaged with your studies at Heriot-Watt University. Further information and FAQs are available on the Student Portal.





Change of Course or Programme Transfer

Students can now swap courses through Student Self Service in week 1 of a semester.  The courses being swapped must be of the same credit value and you must have met any pre-requisites for the course to be added.

If you need to change a course after that date, or if you need to add or delete a course, please complete the change of course form, have it signed off by either your Year Co-ordinator (undergraduate students) or your Programme Director (postgraduate students) and then return it to the School Office for processing by:

Semester 1 courses: Friday 28 September 2018

Semester 2 courses: Friday 25 January 2019

Please ensure you put the correct course code on the form as that is what is used to change your enrolment, not the course name.

If you are thinking about transferring to another programme of study, please discuss this with your Personal Tutor or Programme Director and then complete the Programme Transfer Application Form.