Department Officers

Too much coursework? Not enough feedback? Your Department 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 Department Officer and how to get in touch with them.

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  Department Officer E-mail About
Architectural Engineering  Interested in being our next Architectural Engineering Department Officer? Get in touch with Heather Email for more information!

Interested in being our next Biology Department Officer? Get in touch with Heather Email for more information!

Civil Engineering Claudia Moxo

I’m Claudia Moxo, a fourth-year civil engineering student. I just completed a semester abroad in Malaysia and am excited for the upcoming academic year in Edinburgh! I can’t wait to help in any way I can so please feel free to contact me.

Construction Management & Surveying Kay Hassall

Hi, I'm Kay, a 3rd-year BSc Construction Project Management student and the Department Officer for the 2023/2024 academic year. As a mature student, I aim to draw from my experiences to create a more enriching, inclusive, and communal environment for everyone. My mission is to revive the sense of community lost through online learning and create a seamless connection between students and staff to elevate our academic journey and enhance the department. Reach out to me anytime.



Interested in being our next Geography Department Officer? Get in touch with Heather Email for more information!

Urban Studies Cameron McCrossan

Hi everyone, my name is Cameron. I’m a 4th Year BSc Urban Planning and Property Development student and I am the Urban Studies Department Officer for this year. I’m looking forward to representing my fellow students and working with the class reps in raising any issues, suggestions and queries that students might have and ensuring that they have the best possible academic experience this year. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any concerns or queries you have or if you see me on campus feel free to stop me for a chat!


  Department Officer E-mail About
Chemical Engineering Hannah Anderson

Hello I’m Hannah and I am the Department officer for the 2023/2024 academic year. I am a 5th and final year student within the Chemical Engineering department and I am hoping to use my own experiences throughout my years at university to improve the department. I am really excited to be able to represent my fellow students while working closely with the department to improve the learning experience over all the years. Please approach me with any queries or worries, no matter how small they may be, I am only an email away!

Chemistry Nicole Gear

Hi, I'm Nicole and I will be taking the role of Chemistry Department Officer for the academic year 2023/2024. My aim for my time in this role is to really bring back a strong community feeling within the department which was lost due to online learning. I'm looking forward to working with class reps and staff to improve the department. Please feel free to email me with any concerns or queries. Hope everyone has a great year in Chemistry!!!

Mechanical Engineering

Interested in being our next Mechanical Engineering
Department Officer? Get in touch with Heather Email for more information!

Brewing & Distilling Daniel De Haas

 I'm Daniel and have just finished a year in industry working in the production of all kinds of brewing yeasts. In September, I will be starting 3rd Year and am excited to commence activities on campus again. Having previous experience being an SO, I am familiar with the process as well as key staff members. I look forward to continuing the great student-staff relationships built over the past years, ensuring that academic representation and feedback is channelled correctly and efficiently. On a little side note, my main passion in life is having fun consuming good food and drinks, alone or with others, so no surprise that I'm studying Brewing and Distilling. If you need anything, please get in contact via the Department Officer email. Cheers and see you around!

Electrical Engineering Sebastien Murray

Hi there, I'm Sebastien and I'll be your Electrical Engineering Department Officer for 2023/24! I am currently in my 5th and final year for my MEng in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. I have helped to sort out a heap of issues in the past via my class rep role and look forward to hearing about what I can do to help you all this year. Please feel free to drop me an email if you're having any problems!

Physics Albert de Dios

Hey everyone, I'm Albert!! I'm a 4th Year Student of Physics and this will be my second year as the Physics School Officer. With this role, I look forward to contributing to the feedback system and helping the students have their voices heard thanks to the class reps. 

More than happy to help, just send me an email for any situation, or if you prefer just talk to me if you see me around campus. Hope you enjoy your studies!


  Department Officer E-mail About
Actuarial Science Maja Pearson

Hi everyone! My name is Maja and I’m your AMS Department Officer for the year. I am looking forward to engaging with you all, representing you in the Student Union and working with your class reps to help make your time spent studying here as good as it can possibly be. I am a 4th year Actuarial Science student and have studied the majority of modules you will take so I can hopefully help you with them and take actions on any issues should they come up- so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at any point!

Computer Science

Ben Agnew

Hey, I'm Ben – a fourth year Computer Science student. As Department Officer this year I aim to work together with Class Reps and department staff to make your student experience as high-quality as possible! With two years' experience as a Class Rep myself, I already know how important it is for every student to have a voice and to be able to contribute to real change. Please don't hesitate to approach me or your Class Rep at any point to chat about any issues or thoughts you have!


Penny Premsuriya

Hello everybody, I’m Penny (she/they), a Year 4 Mathematics student, and I’ll be your Maths Department officer for this year. I’m ecstatic to be working among us students to tackle problems and improve our learning experience. Don’t hesitate to send any questions, concerns, or pictures of your pets any day!


  Department Officer E-mail About
Accountancy & Finance Bhavana Bonthala

I'm Bhavana Bonthala, a Year 3 Accountancy and Finance Student. As your dedicated Department Officer, I'm committed to fostering a seamless connection between students and professors, enhancing our academic journey and creating an exceptional student life. I'm here to assist you with any challenges, big or small, and ensure that your concerns are addressed. With a passion for supporting others, I'm dedicated to cultivating a positive and inclusive community. Let's embark on a year of great leadership, collaboration, and an unforgettable student experience together!


Holly McAdams

Hey! I’m Holly (4th year International Business Management student). I am looking forward to the year ahead and working hard to ensure student life and experience is enjoyable whilst at HeriotWatt. I have lots of exciting things planned for this year! When I’m not studying, I’ll most likely be reading, so book recommendations are always welcome! Please reach out to me if you have any questions/concerns    


Interested in being our next Marketing Department Officer? Get in touch with Heather - Email for more information!

Economics Callum McCall

Hello, my name is Callum McCall. I am 21 and I am a fourth year economics student. I’m looking forward to working with everyone this year, and my email is always open for everyone for any reason. My person favourite areas of economics are competition policy and environmental economics. In my free time I work as a bar manager in the city centre and my hobbies involve going to the gym, cooking and watching football.



Language & Intercultural Studies Rebecca Jenkins

Hi everyone ! I’m Rebecca , a 4th-year International Business Management with French student and the current LINCS Department Officer. I was a 3rd year class rep last year which i loved helping out with. I am looking forward to coming back to the Edinburgh campus after spending a year abroad in Strasbourg , France. I’m also involved in gaelic football and the university’s music department including the choirs ! Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me at any point to chat about any issues or thoughts you have! I’m here to help :)

Psychology Julie Carpenter

Hello, I'm Julie.  I am a mature student who didn't start my degree till I was 34 years old.  Life managed to temporarily derail my plans but two children later and I am back on track.  I am now in 4th year studying Psychology. I am hoping my position as Department Officer can help to make a difference for current and new students alike.  i love a challenge, I am extremely driven, and I am very friendly.  I am always here to help, so please get in touch if you need anything.


  Department Officer E-mail About

Textiles & Interior Design

Raksha Rajan

Hello everyone! I’m Raksha, a Year 3 Interior Design student and the current Department Officer for Textiles and Interior Design.  I look forward to engaging with our cohort and work towards creating a meaningful experience for all of us. If you think I can add any value, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Know that I would love to support you all to the best of my ability!
Fashion & Fashion Technology Interested in being our next Fashion & Fashion Technology Department Officer? Get in touch with Heather Email for more information!
Fashion Marketing, Promotion & Communications

Interested in being our next Fashion Marketing, Promotion & Communications Department Officer? Get in touch with Heather Email for more information!