Support the 1821 Appeal

The 1821 Appeal supports our university’s vision to enable talented students worldwide to access a Heriot-Watt education, whatever their background or circumstances in life.  

2021 is Heriot-Watt’s 200th anniversary year and we are celebrating our history of widening access to education.  

Our bicentenary milestone gives us an opportunity to work together to make a difference to our students’ lives and futures.  

To realise this vision, we aim to raise £4 million to provide a programme of new opportunities for under-represented students from our communities in Scotland, Dubai, Malaysia, and beyond, enabling talented individuals to pursue their academic ambitions and achieve their goals.

Donate and find out more about how you can get involved and change lives this year.

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The 1821 Appeal will play an important role in creating the pathways and providing the support that helps every student to succeed. We are proud that the 1821 Appeal is firmly aligned to our university Strategy 2025, as we strive to educate our students to flourish in their learning and life skills. We want to ensure this education is accessible to those that would otherwise not consider higher education.  

The Appeal is made up of eight projects that will create opportunities for talented students in our communities regardless of educational background, ethnicity, disability, or gender. Each project aims to widen access to education at Heriot-Watt by providing financial, career and skills support to students.

Our giving priorities

What makes up the 1821 Appeal?
Project Aims Location Fundraising target
Mary Burton Project Increase women’s participation in STEM Scotland £800,000
Black Voices Project Support for BME students Scotland £155,000
Deaf and BSL Project Scholarships for Deaf and BSL students. Scotland £350,000
Maths Gym Project Boosting maths skills All campuses £120,000
Career Ready Partnership Raising aspirations for low-income students Scotland £250,000
Project Malaysia Increasing access for low-income students Malaysia £725,000 / MYR 4.2M
Project Dubai Widening access for low-income students Dubai £670,000 / AED 3.48M
Denis Goldberg Scholarship Scholarships for EGIS courses Southern Africa £420,000
Other access and inclusion priorities Scholarships/priorities All campuses £50,000+
Fundraising Total     £3.5M+