Posted 4 Weeks Ago
Over the summer, our shop on campus is undergoing a make-over to make it even better!
Once completed the shop will have a new look, new layout and some exciting new products on offer.
We'd like thank everyone in advance for your patience while the works take place, as there will be times when the shop will be closed or operating on a much smaller scale. We're trying to make sure there is as little disruption as possible for you, but some dates you might like to take note of are...
Friday 14th - Monday 17th July - Shop Closed for major works
Tuesday 18th July onwards - Shop will be open on a smaller scale
We'll keep everyone updated via our social media channels as the work progresses - but we hope you'll be excited about the changes as we are!
Posted 4 Weeks Ago
The Student Union would like to reiterate their concern over any move towards Compulsory Redundancies of staff. The Student Union firmly believe that Compulsory Redundancy would be damaging to the University. The negative impact on staff morale would have a detrimental impact on our students. The Student Union will continue to voice their concerns as is our right as an independent body. We have made our viewpoint clear at the highest levels of the University.
We will continue to work with the University and all the Trade Unions as and when required but our membership remains the student body of Heriot-Watt University.
This is a difficult time for everyone but we must highlight that the University is not closing or removing any discipline nor campus, as is the case for other institutions.
The University has not stated it will be enforcing Compulsory Redundancies and we reserve the right to review our position should the University’s position change. We will continue to be vigilant on the matter. We will continue to work with all parties to ensure that the best position is reached for all of Heriot-Watt University.
The Heriot-Watt University Student Union Executive
Posted 1 Months Ago
School of Mathematical and Computer Science - Gavin Reid
Gavin is enthusiastic, friendly and passionate about his subject. Students appreciate Gavin’s real world experience, his contacts with the industry, his innovative quizzes and interactive learning materials (and the chocolate prizes he gives out). More than this students appreciate that Gavin knows them all by name and is approachable at any time. This personal touch has helped them get through the last 4 years and made Gavin a worthy winner of the Graduates Teaching Award 2017.
School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure, and Society - Laurent Galbrun
Laurent is one of the most supportive lecturers, students know that he is always there for them, and available to answer any question. He is very organised, and his lecture notes and supporting material on Vision is always up-to-date and packed with useful information. One student summed Laurent up by saying ‘he knows how to excite students and makes them want to learn more.’ Laurent’s approachable nature, and dedication to improving the student experience makes me proud to present him with the Graduates Teaching Award 2017.
School of Social Sciences – Jose Conde
Jose is a very prominent figure for LINCS students, being the staff rep for the department, a Spanish lecturer, the Erasmus+ rep, and also an open ear for students. He is always kind and considerate but knows when a bit of harsh truth is needed to solve an issue. All the extra hours he puts in should be recognised, particularly all the support his gives students. He has a great sense of humour which makes his classes really enjoyable, ensuring to be inclusive while also rigorous, helping students get the most, both academically and personally from his efforts. His is a joy to be around.
School of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Tadgh O’Donovan
Tadgh works hard to ensure his students are engaged in every lecture. He uses creative techniques to help students understand his lecture material and uses innovative technology to enthuse his students about what they are learning. He also goes to the students to communicate, using social media to get feedback and discuss material with students, and strives to support his students personally. His students say he has the most interesting lectures and the most productive tutorials. Tadgh keeps his students on their toes, ensuring that they leave his classes with what they need to know, but also keeps an open forum in his lectures through humour to build the confidence of his students.
School of Textile and Design - Lisa Macintyre
Lisa is a refreshing burst of energy in Galashiels. She uses her own experiences, experiments, storytelling, and funny metaphors to enlighten and entertain students, and makes textiles accessible and enjoyable for textiles and non-textiles students alike. She is dedicated, passionate, and enthusiastic during her lectures, which is contagious and motivates students to go the extra mile. Her knowledge and breadth of research helps students to make their own research the best it can be. Lisa is always there to help as soon as there is the smallest problem, and is always willing to meet with students about concerns, and always has thoughtful advice. As one student put it, Lisa is an overall fab lecturer.
Posted 2 Months Ago
What you need to know...
Originally written by Shelter Scotland. You can read the original Blog here http://blog.scotland.shelter.org.uk/2017/05/17/hmos-and-sharing-rented-accommodation-what-you-need-to-know/
If you’ve taken your first steps as an independent adult, been a student, or needed to cut down on your living costs, you’ll probably have spent some time in shared accommodation. For various reasons – be it social or financial – some people prefer to share their household with other tenants for a large part of their adult life.
There’s a chance, therefore, that those of you who are house-sharing might also have heard the word ‘HMO’ come up at some point.
…So what is an HMO?
An HMO (House in Multiple Occupancy) is a property inhabited by more than 3 people who aren’t from the same family. These properties are usually shared houses or flats, bedsits, hostels or B&Bs.
The reason an HMO is different from other forms of housing is that it needs to be licensed. This licence is completely separate from your tenancy or your landlord’s registration; it simply shows the property has undergone a series of checks by the local council before it’s deemed fit for multiple tenants to live in. The checks make sure that:
It’s a good idea to find out about the responsibilities of an HMO landlord before you move in, as well as your own. Read over your tenancy agreement thoroughly, so that down the line you can be sure that you aren’t taking responsibility for a repair that should be down to your landlord (or vice versa)!
Check out the video below for a brief guide to HMOs and shared accommodation:
What’s it like having multiple housemates?
There are both perks and pitfalls of house-sharing. From my experience both as a student off-campus and as a tenant in more recent years, shared accommodation has its distinct advantages:
When I moved to Edinburgh, my first home was an HMO and I shared with 4 people. It certainly had its ups and downs; living with several sets of opinions and habits isn’t always easy, so it gives you some serious lessons in patience. Still, we did have some really great times – I loved the movie nights and communal dinners, and we did really look out for each other when things were a bit tough. A fairly frequent turnover in tenants meant I also got to meet people from a spectrum of cultural backgrounds, most of whom I’ve stayed friends with for years. So here are my top tips for a happy shared household:
We have plenty more information if you’d like to know more about renting a room in an HMO. If an HMO doesn’t sound like the right thing for you, consider sharing with one or two other people instead – you can still save money!
Still feeling unsure about something? Check out the top 10 questions on renting we get asked at Shelter Scotland – you may find the answers you’re looking for.