1. Talent Development Programme

Talent Development Programme

Oriam; Scotland's Sports Performance Centre

Heriot-Watt University has been selected as the host for Oriam; Scotland's Sports Performance Centre. Opening in Autumn 2016, Oriam will include a new full size indoor synthetic pitch, upgraded external grass pitches, a new twelve-court sports hall, new large gym, office accommodation and a performance wing zone which will include a new strength and conditioning area, hydrotherapy zone, performance changing and a rehab centre. All of these facilities will be in addition to the array of excellent facilities we already have.

The new development will be home to a number of Governing Body National Programmes which include the Scottish FA, Scottish Rugby, Basketball Scotland, Scottish Handball and Scottish Squash & Racketball.

For further information visit the Oriam Scotland website!

Talent Development Programme

One aspect of our bid was to offer a new Talent Development Programme (TDP) that would build on over twenty years of success in delivering sports scholarships to elite student athletes.

The TDP will work across the following three levels to provide support to students who are UK residents who choose to study at our Edinburgh Campus.

Level One - International athletes

Support is available to athletes who are competing at Commonwealth, World and Olympic standard to balance their training and study. Individuals who meet this criteria will already be involved in a performance programme within the respective national governing body.

Support includes academic flexibility, funding, facility membership and access to key staff.

Level Two - Developing athletes

Heriot-Watt will work with national governing bodies to develop a competitive and challenging training environment for our students. Athletes will be nominated by their respective national governing body Performance Coach (or equivalent) having already shown the necessary commitment to developing their talent.

Athletes who have been competing within National Age Grade level in the following sports are encouraged to apply:

  • Basketball
  • Handball
  • Netball
  • Squash

Athletes who are selected as part of the Sportscotland Institute of Sport and do not meet the criteria in level one, should apply for support in level two. In the first instance you should make contact with your Performance Lifestyle Manager.

Support includes academic flexibility, funding, facility membership, access to key staff and additional training and practice.      

Level Three - Coaching Talent Development Programme (TDP)

Heriot-Watt are recruiting a number of talented and motivated coaches to the University to study and coach within the TDP programme. The focus of coaching will be to improve quality through qualifications, courses and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities.

Individuals wishing to apply for support must be able to demonstrate a willingness to develop their knowledge and skills within the sport as well as being flexible to work throughout the week within the Sports Union and TDP programmes.

Support for the programme includes mentoring, access to key staff, facility membership, academic flexibility and funding.

Application process

Applications open from 15th January and will close on 31st March for entry into the September start of any academic year. Applications after this date may still be considered.

For further information, and details of the application process, contact Ross Campbell on r.j.campbell@oriam.hw.ac.uk

Please note that due to the number of enquiries, responses will only be given to individuals who fall within the categories above.

Winning Students

Winning Students is Scotland's national sports scholarship programme, supporting student athletes with annual scholarships up to £5,500 to help them achieve their sporting and academic goals.

Women's National Performance Centre

The Scottish FA National Performance Centre for women's football opened its doors in 2009 at the University of Stirling and is now based at Heriot-Watt University.

Scotland's first national centre of excellence from women's football has been established through a partnership between the Universities, Winning Students and the Scottish FA.

Players are carefully selected by the Scottish FA and the programme supports those at A Squad or U19 level. The players train daily under the tutelage of Head Coach Paul Brownlie. Each player combines their sport with study for a degree at the University or at Edinburgh College.

See a short video on the programme