School Officers

Too much coursework? Not enough feedback? Your School Officer is the person to talk to for any issues you may be having with your studies. They meet as a group once a fortnight to discuss issues that are affecting their department and sit on school-level committees to communicate your problems straight to the top of the university. Refer to the table below to find your School Officer and how to get in touch with them.

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  Department Officer E-mail About
Architectural Engineering Lydia Graves Hi, I'm Lydia! I am a 3rd year Architectural Engineering student and the current school officer! I am really looking forward to getting back on campus and seeing everyone again, including some new faces! If there is anything I can help with, please drop me an email - I am more than happy to help!
Biology Emily Christopher Hi! My name is Emily, your Biology School Officer for this academic year. I am embarking on my final year at HWU then am planning a postgrad in Public Health. I love travelling, meeting new people, hiking, and dogs. I am really looking forward to *fingers crossed* spending more time on campus, seeing some friendly faces, and of course helping represent my fellow students. 
Civil Engineering Chloe Chandler

Hi, I’m Chloe, 4th yr structural engineering student and biscuit enthusiast. Currently watching The Office box-set (again), landscaping a small garden, and drinking more tea than my body has room for. It’s all about that comedy-mud-brew balance.

Most of my time is spent with the fabulous Team ESTEEM, as one of the many students working hard to bring the dream of building a sustainable home to life for SDME2020.
This year has been really difficult for us all, so I’m looking forward to collaborating with staff and students to build on motivation and enthusiasm for getting the most out of our courses and interests.

Construction Management & Surveying Stuart Hunter Optimistic 4th year student who believes positivity is key to everything. I am enthusiastic about the Construction Industry and Rugby; however, I enjoy most (if not all) sports. I am looking forward to achieving my own goals and helping others achieve their own in the year ahead.
Geography Lauren Stewart

Im Lauren and I’m in my fourth year studying BSc Geography.


I’m passionate about sustainability and all things environmental. 


This year I am looking forward to progressing in my school officer role - focussing on encouraging consistent communication between students and staff to ensure students get the most out of their education, while also advocating the need for increased support for student mental health post pandemic.

Urban Studies Lucy Russell My name is Lucy Russell and I’m a 3rd year UPPD student. My home town is Port Glasgow, just half an hour outside of Glasgow. I have a dog called Ruby who gets dragged with me on any walks I want to go on. This is my first year as a school officer and I'm looking forward to working with you.


  Department Officer E-mail About
Chemical Engineering Emily Jones I’m Emily and I’m the school officer for chemical engineering 2021/22. I’m from Aberdeenshire and enjoy playing rugby in my free time and I’m looking forward to meeting all the new chemical engineers to be and helping the students out whenever I can.
Chemistry Luize Luse I am a chemistry student, originally from Riga, Latvia, and I am always aiming to improve the university experience for myself and others. Apart from being your School Officer, I will also be representing the Sports Union as vice-president of the Volleyball Club and Lead Ambassador in Promotions. I am very excited about working together this upcoming year in order to adapt to the new post-pandemic reality.
Mechanical Engineering Elisa Caires

Hi everyone! I am a very enthusiastic and curious student. I specially enjoy doing sports and improving your University experience. I wish you a good academic year and that all your objectives are achieved.

Brewing & Distilling Amelia Webb I'm Amelia and I'm in third year studying the Bsc Brewing and Distilling course here at Heriot Watt. I am excited to be the new school officer and am very much looking forward to the year ahead helping to make the department the best it can be. When I'm not studying you will find me out on the water sailing, or making weird and wacky cocktails to try.
Electrical Engineering Bolu Julius I am an enthusiastic person, who loves sports especially football! I can't wait to meet people in person this academic year.
Physics Tara Van Abeelen I am from the Netherlands and grew up in Sweden, so speak both Dutch and Swedish. I enjoy playing equestrian Polo in my spare time, love trying new foods and exploring Edinburgh. For the upcoming year, I am most excited about fulfilling my role as School Officer whilst meeting new people and making sure student satisfaction is high in Physics. I also look forward to my final year project and being able to go back into the lab.


  Department Officer E-mail About
Actuarial Science Luci Meechan Hi I’m Luci Meechan and I’m studying Actuarial Science. I’m originally from Glasgow but I’m now living in Edinburgh and have been for the past few years. I’m excited to get to know more people this year and work with everyone to try and get our uni life back to normal.
Computer Science Roger Benoit I am a third-year student, juggling the launch of a crypto-art project and acquiring cyber security certifications! I am incredibly excited this year to start bridging the gaps between our year groups, and departments!
Maths Lucy Welford Hello! My name's Lucy, a third year Maths student and the Maths School Officer for this academic year. I'm looking forward to having some normality back and being able to return to face to face teaching, as well as meeting up with and chatting to fellow students. Aside from my studies, I love watching and taking part in sport. If I'm not doing Maths you'll probably find me in the gym in Oriam. 


  Department Officer E-mail About
Accountancy & Finance Nathan Pio Fernandes Hey! I’m Nathan, I’m in my final year of studying Business & Finance. After a year of being a class representative, I’m really looking forward to the additional responsibility of being a school officer to best represent my fellow students and enhance our academic experience.
Marketing, HRM & Law


McKissack I am your new school officer for Marketing, HRM and Law.  Really excited to start helping and representing my fellow classmates in this next academic year!
Strategy, Enterprise, Operations & Logistics Preshti Jadav Helloo! I am Preshti and I am in my third year of studying Business Administration. I am glad that I have been given the opportunity and responsibilities of being a School Officer. I am looking forward to be working with other School officers and teaching staff, not only to make sure that students are represented in the best way possible but also to improve student’s academic experience for the better.
Economics Kate Tweedy This academic year, I am looking forward to creating partnerships across not only the SOSS but all courses to make improvements and develop friendships. I hope to make up for some of the lost time we’ve all experienced over the past couple of years!
Language & Intercultural Studies Shannon Thomson Hi everyone, I’m a second year studying Translation and Interpretation. I look forward to representing the LINCS department and meeting new people! 
Psychology Claire Smith I'm excited about the possibility of more on campus learning and getting back to socials, in my free time I love to cook and read.


  Department Officer E-mail About

Textiles & Interior Design



Hi, I am Georgia, and I am the School Officer for Textile and Interior Design. I am currently doing my 2nd year in the BA Design for Textiles course (which I love so far!). I am looking forward to this year as I will get to know people not just in my class better but the lecturers and other student representatives as well.
Fashion & Fashion Technology

Hazel Fairley Keast I am going into the third year of my course and looking forward to things getting back to normal this year and hopefully spending more time on campus.
Fashion Marketing, Promotion & Communications Alex Kinloch


Hi! My name is Alex Kinloch and I study Fashion Communication. I’m 22 years old, from Glasgow and I like reading and travelling. This year I’m most excited about learning new things and creating more memories.