Support access scholarships: education without barriers

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Our vision

We have a vision that no Heriot-Watt student is held back from realising their potential.

Every year, some of our most talented and prospective students face significant challenges in securing the funds they need to realise their ambition to study at Heriot-Watt University.

Access bursaries provide our students from disadvantaged or under-represented backgrounds with extra financial support to help towards living costs. For some students, this support is the difference that means they can go to university.

For others, it means they can avoid taking on thousands of pounds of debt, and several part-time jobs, which together can bring significant mental strain, reduce their chances of graduating, and less time to benefit from societies and career-enhancing opportunities. 

The financial challenges created by the COVID-19 outbreak are overwhelmingly being felt hardest by those from under-represented groups or poorer backgrounds.

How you can help

Building on our values, we are working to ensure that students from a wide range of diverse backgrounds thrive and feel a sense of belonging. Sadly, the financial challenges created by the COVID-19 outbreak are overwhelmingly being felt hardest by those from under-represented groups or poorer backgrounds.

We urgently need your help to make a higher education a reality and provide a lifeline to students who have nowhere else to turn. 

At this critical time in our student’s history, we hope you will be inspired to make a gift.

If you would like to make a gift, or discuss ways that you can support Access Scholarships, please contact Karen Benge, Senior Development Executive K.Benge@hw.ac.uk, or visit our 'How to give' page.

Key information

Andrew Mackinnon