Biomedical Teaching Organisation

Peer-assisted learning

At the University of Edinburgh, more experienced students support newcomers in their transition to university and beyond, while our award-winning Academic Families scheme helps you adapt to university life and study.

New students on the Medical Sciences degree programme are given peer support with the Biomedical Sciences Academic Families Peer Support Scheme. The University of Edinburgh offers loads of resources for peer to peer learning via the Institute for Academic Development (IAD) and via Edinburgh University Student Association (EUSA).

Academic Families

Our Academic Families peer support scheme ensures that new students quickly feel part of the Biomedical and Medical Sciences community. We give you space to ask about course choices, common pitfalls or even the best places to go out.

Academic families offer a safe and welcoming environment where new students can feel comfortable in seeking advice and guidance.

Read about the Biomedical Teaching Organisation's award-winning Academic Families

Impact Award for Best Peer Support Group

Edinburgh University Student Association Peer Learning and Support

Peer Support activities are a great alternative way to learn from your fellow students as well as meet more people from your course. Whether you’re looking for study tips or some help settling in – you’re in the right place. 

Get help from other students with Peer Learning and Support

Any questions?

Dr Deborah Shaw is our Undergraduate Senior Personal Tutor and Academic Leader for our Academic Families Peer Support Scheme.  Feel free to approach her with questions on any aspect of support during your studies with us.

Dr Deborah Shaw

Lecturer and UG Senior Personal Tutor

  • Biomedical Teaching Organisation (BMTO)
  • Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences

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Medical School (Doorway 3)
Teviot Place

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