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 btostudentsupport@ed.ac.uk and ask to speak to a member of the team (09:00-17:00, Monday-Friday). We can arrange a meeting over MS Teams.

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




We understand the Coronavirus pandemic is causing people to feel stressed and anxious.

We are also aware there are a number of rumours circulating about Coronavirus on campus. Please do not spread them, and refer to the University web pages and the NHS for official guidance.

For guidance from the University on the ongoing situation and how it will affect your studies, visit the following page:


For the current NHS guidance on Covid-19, see below:


For wellbeing support during the Coronovirus outbreak, please follow the links on our webpage below:

Health and Welfare | The University of Edinburgh

School of Biological Sciences Photo Exhibition

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the SBS Photo Exhibition for Mental Health and Wellbeing Week. You can view the exhibition here:

SBS Photo Exhibition

Wellbeing Outreach

For the remainder of the academic year, the University is offering a check-in service. If you would like a friendly call from a trained mental health mentor, for a simple chat about how you are getting on or for more guidance on more specialist support, you can opt-in.

Wellbeing Outreach Service


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