What does volunteering involve?
Volunteering typically involves a single 2-3 hour visit to Heriot-Watt Univeristy's Edinburgh Campus (near Currie). We investigate many different topics relating to human memory in health and disease, but a typical visit would involve you being asked to complete a set of basic memory tests and questionnaires. Full instructions are provided throughout the session and there are plenty opportunity for breaks. We are usually able to offer reimbursement to cover any costs associated with your visit to the Univesity. Please see below for information regarding travelling to Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh Campus.

Am I eligable to volunteer?
We are looking for people of all ages (18+ years) and backgrounds to take part in our research. Our research investigates a number of different topics, so we are regularly looking for people of different demographics to take part in our studies. For healthy adult volunteers, we typically ask that you consider yourself healthy and have no underlying medical conditions that might affect your memory (e.g. brain damage, neurological disorders). If you are unsure whether you might be eligible to take part in our research, please get in touch and we can discuss your eligibility over email or the phone. 

How do I volunteer?
If you would like to volunteer, or would like further information, please email us at or call us on 0131 451 8009 and ask for a member of the Memory lab team.


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Maps and directions to Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh Campus

Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh Campus is about 6 miles from Edinburgh city centre. It's well served by frequent local bus services and is also easy to access by car. The easiest way to plan your journey to the campus is to use the Traveline Scotland Journey Planner, which uses up-to-date public transport timetables.

 Location of Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh Campus


Mode of transport

Lothian Buses offers local bus services 25, X25, 34, 35, 45, 63 and N25/N34 (night bus) to the Edinburgh Campus. Service 25 is the most frequent, leaving the city centre every 10 minutes during the day, and every 15 minutes after 8.00pm. The journey takes about 30–40 minutes from the city centre, depending on what time of day you’re travelling. Fares from the city cost £1.70 single/£4.00 day ticket. Note that exact money is required for Lothian Buses (with the exception of Airlink) but you can pay for tickets using your mobile phone, if preferred. Regular travellers to the campus should consider getting a Ridacard.

There are safe cycle routes to the Edinburgh Campus from the city centre, Edinburgh Park and the west. These either follow the main roads or the cycle paths along the Union Canal. You can plan your journey on the CycleStreets website.There are a number of bicycle racks across the campus for safe parking of your bicycle. Look for the bicycle icons on the Campus map to locate the most convenient rack for you.

A number of taxi services, such as Central Taxis, are available at taxi ranks in the centre of Edinburgh, including Waverley and Haymarket rail stations and St Andrew Square bus station, as well as at Edinburgh airport. The journey to Heriot-Watt University takes about 20–30 minutes from the city centre, and about 10 minutes from Edinburgh airport. A return journey to the city centre costs about £30. You can request an outbound taxi from the Edinburgh Campus at the main reception desk.

The Edinburgh Campus is easy to access by car from the centre of Edinburgh and from all major routes leading to the city. The University is half a mile from the Calder Junction of the A720 City of Edinburgh by-pass and the A71, and you'll see signs for Heriot-Watt University on your approach.

Visitor parking
You can find the location of the visitor car parks on the map of Edinburgh Campus. Visitors to the University should use car park A, B, H or J. Disabled visitors can use the accessible car park at Gait 10 next to the Centre for Sport & Exercise. Additional accessible parking spaces are available throughout the campus; you can contact us to reserve one.

For additional travel information, please see the official Heriot-Watt travel information web page.

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