About us

The Loch at Heriot-Watt

Update as of 29/03/2018: The Transition Heriot-Watt team is sad to announce that as of the end of March 2018 we will no longer be running projects at Heriot-Watt University. This website will remain to provide information about sustainability on campus but will not be regularly updated. If you have any questions relating to sustainability please contact: info@transition.hw.ac.uk.


Transition Heriot-Watt is a community organisation working with staff and students at Heriot-Watt University to help you live more sustainably and improve your skills, health and wellbeing.

From supporting you to recycle and grow and source food locally, to cutting the amount of energy you use and helping you to travel sustainably, you’ll find our projects all over the University.

Established in 2011, we’re based at the Edinburgh Campus and funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund. From April 2017 – March 2018, we have been awarded £120,125.

Find out more about our projects and our impact in our video:

Our team

We have a small but committed team of 4 staff, funded by the Climate Challenge Fund.

Student and staff volunteers also support our work, sitting on the Transition Heriot-Watt steering group. We’re also supported by several active travel champions, the student Sustainability Society and the student-led Community Gardening Society.

Our staff

  • Lorraine Corbett – Transition Heriot-Watt Project Coordinator
  • Rachael Barton – Transition Heriot-Watt Sustainability Officer
  • Rizki Fitria – Transition Heriot-Watt Sustainability Officer
  • Tony Allen – Transition Heriot-Watt Project Admin Support

Our steering group

  • Chris Larkins (Chair) – Heriot-Watt University Environment and Energy Manager
  • Lorraine Corbett – Transition Heriot-Watt Project Coordinator
  • Thomas Day – General Manager, Hospitality Services
  • Malcolm Deans – Deputy Director of Campus Services
  • Gail Edwards – CEO of Heriot-Watt Student Union
  • Two students from Heriot-Watt Sustainability Society
  • Colin Elliot – Assistant Professor and University and Colleges Union Green Representative
  • Kirsty Hughes – Head of Operational Procurement
  • Ruth Humphreys – Teaching Fellow, School of Management and Languages

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