Biology Teaching Organisation

BTO Student Support

Who the BTO Student Support Team are, how to contact them and information on special circumstances and extensions

Biology Student Support Team
Clockwise from top left: Dr John Curtis, Dr David Radford, Dr Hazel Cruickshanks, Dr Nadia Tuzi and Dr Abigail Cabrelli

We provide general support and study skills guidance to all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students in our school.

We also teach on first and second year undergraduate Biology courses and provide academic support on these courses.

To get in touch, please email us at, drop into BTO reception or call us on 0131 650 8649 and ask to speak to a member of the team (09:00-17:00, Monday-Friday).


The BTO Student Support Team is part of the Personal Tutor system. You can access the Personal Tutor statement here:


Email Scam Alert

We have been made aware of criminal activity directed towards new students, especially those with visas and have had to interact with the Immigration Service.  Students have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be from the immigration service or an embassy. 

These people can appear to know information about the student and have tricked students into revealing personal financial details including bank details and passwords.  This information has then been used to steal money from the bank account or to persuade students to make payments.

The University of Edinburgh’s Student Immigration Service have information about this issue on their website:

If you are contacted in the way described above, or by email, and you are unsure if it is a genuine request, contact the University’s Student Immigration Service on 0131 650 9265 (Mon-Fri 9am -5pm) to help determine whether the contact is genuine.

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The Chaplaincy are running a series of workshops exploring fears that we all have, but don’t often share.

Emergency and Out of Hours Support

Who to contact in emergencies, and urgent matters when the university is closed.

Appointments and Drop-in Sessions

How to arrange a meeting with a member of the Student Support team

Special Circumstances

Guidance for Special Circumstances for Biological Sciences students.

Coursework Extension Requests

Coursework extensions for Biological Sciences courses

The Student Support Team

Who we are and what we do

Useful Support Links

Useful links to information on health and welfare, academic support and other University services

Mental Health and Wellbeing Week

Information about Mental Health and Wellbeing Week (November 11th-15th)