Advisers of Study and Undergraduate Advising

Welcome to the College of Arts! Dating back to the foundation of the University in 1451, the College of Arts builds on more than 550 years of experience of producing graduates excellently equipped with a range of creative and critical competencies. The variety of choice on offer is reflected in the  diverse career paths graduates embark upon, from actors to archaeologists, musicians to managers, and playwrights to presenters, to name just a few.

The Arts degree programmes offer you unique opportunities with flexibility to follow your own interests and select your degree programme from among the many and varied options within the College of Arts and also from a range of courses offered by other Colleges. There are also exciting opportunities to study abroad, either as part of a degree in Modern Languages or through established exchange programmes.  So whether your interests lie in Archaeology, Theatre Studies or Scottish Literature, or whether you'd like to begin a new language along with your Philosophy or study some Classical Civilisation with your Film and TV Studies, there will be something to whet the appetite.

Dr Steve Marritt, Chief Adviser of Studies

How does advising work in the College of Arts?

Advising is carried out by the Arts Advising Team, a small and efficient group of people, comprising a dedicated team of Advising Administrators and experienced academic staff acting as Senior Advisers associated with each of the Schools in the College of Arts. These staff work closely with me as Chief Adviser, with my colleagues Kirsty Gowling-Afchain, the Assistant Chief Adviser, and with Amy McKnight, the Advising Support Manager in the College. The Arts Advising Office will be the first port of call for all of you who need any kind of advice, and the Arts Advising Office will update student records in MyCampus. You may find it useful to consult also the information regarding the College policies on repeating a year, readmission, and College transfer, as well as general information that has already been given out to you at your group-advising session at the start of the academic year.

Pre-Honours academic queries

If you have a query at pre-Honours level about any aspect that relates to your studies (for example, you may wish to discuss a general academic issue you have regarding course choices or a specific administrative problem regarding MyCampus or a pastoral issue), all you need to do is contact the Arts Advising Team, either by email or in person and explain the situation.

Unfortunately, we are currently working from home and are not available on campus.  Please email us with a full account of your problem or query and we will get back to you as soon as we can.  

We will then deal with your query or, when appropriate, forward your message to a Senior or Chief Adviser or ask one of the Advisers to contact you in order to make an appointment with you either via telephone or via a video-call. If, on the other hand, you have a specific academic issue with a particular course (for example, submission of coursework or information about set texts and reading lists), the right person to contact would be the convener or the administrator of the course in question. 

Honours academic queries

Honours-related academic queries (for example, selection of Honours courses, induction meetings at Honours level, information about set texts and reading lists for Honours courses or specific regulations that pertain to your Honours subject-area or submission of coursework) and any pastoral issues should be addressed in the first instance to the relevant Honours convener or Honours administrator in the relevant subject area. They will deal with your query and only refer your case to the Arts Advising Team in situations relating to academic plan change, progression from Junior to Senior Honours, requests for a repeat year or for re-admission into the College of Arts, requests for change of status (full time/part time), and similar issues which need to be dealt with at College level rather than at subject-area level. 

So it is important that you think about the nature of the issue you are dealing with, and get in touch with the right person.

We look forward to seeing you in the College of Arts.

Stephen Marritt and the Arts Advising Team

Arts Advising Team

  • Stephen Marritt (Chief Adviser of Studies)
  • Kirsty Gowling-Afchain (Assistant Chief Adviser)
  • Amy McKnight (Advising Support Manager)
  • Carol Smith (Advising Administrator)
  • Milton Magill (Advising Administrator)
  • Heather Shannon (Advising Administrator)
  • Tim Duguid (Senior Adviser)
  • Ann Gow (Senior Adviser)
  • Arabella Infantino (Senior Adviser)
  • Neil McDermott (Senior Adviser)