Study safe

James Watt statue outside Edinburgh Campus main entrance with students arriving in the background


As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Heriot-Watt University has developed an approach to learning called Responsive Blended Learning. This approach will ensure you can begin – and complete – the academic year on schedule, wherever you may be in the world. Responsive Blended Learning (RBL) combines supported online learning with context-appropriate on-campus learning opportunities, responding dynamically to the changing external context.

The RBL approach will mean that you will learn through engaging online webinars, tutorials, discussions, and projects. When our campus spaces become more accessible, we will be able to make appropriate use of these, and small groups will be able to access and make the most of our modern and specialist learning spaces.

RBL will still allow you to be a part of the global Heriot-Watt community, and to learn alongside your fellow students, engage with learning opportunities, and be guided and supported by your knowledgeable and experienced academic course team.

The majority of your online learning will be through Vision – our virtual learning environment (VLE). Vision will be a key hub for learning and will be a space for interaction and engagement that will combine live sessions with opportunities for you to engage flexibly at a time that will suit you.

Watch this video to learn more about staying connected through the myHWU Student Portal, Vision (your virtual learning environment), Collaborate Ultra, Office 365, Outlook, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive and eduroam.

Induction: Become a part of the community and meet academic staff and your peers on campus and/or online, from the word go. Log in to Vision for your induction materials and sessions.

myHWU Student Portal: Keep up to date with your studies and the latest info at where you can also connect with your Personal Tutor. Your Personal Tutor is a member of academic staff who will be a key source of advice, guidance and support during your time at Heriot-Watt; and your first point of contact if you need advice on any issue, both academic and non-academic. They can also refer you to other support services where relevant for non-academic matters.

Teaching on campus: on campus teaching will mainly take place in small groups following health and safety guidance that includes social distancing. Limits on numbers in each room are set by the Scottish government.

The Library and study spaces: The library on our Edinburgh campus is open for study space and access to print collections, where a click and collect service will be available, along with an extensive range of resources and support services available online. Support and training/teaching will remain online for the time being. The library will be limiting occupancy to 250 at a time in line with the latest Govt guidelines.

All Library opening hours are subject to change at short notice due to the current situation and the need to comply with government and university guidelines.
The information on the website is being updated regularly
Please check the Information Services social media channels - we will update our twitter and facebook  pages daily and more information can be found on Informs
For enquiries and the latest opening hours, contact the Library Service Desk 0131 451 3577 or email

On Friday 12th February – Staff Rest Day – the Library will be open 2:00pm – 6:00pm

  • Monday 8th Feb 8:30am – 6:00pm
  • Tuesday 9th Feb  8:30am – 6:00pm
  • Wednesday 10th Feb 8:30am 6:00pm
  • Thursday 11th Feb 8:30am – 8:30pm
  • Friday 12th Feb 2:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Sat 13th Feb & Sun 14th Feb10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Monday 15th Feb 8:30am – 6:00pm
  • Tuesday 16th Feb 8:30am – 6:00pm
  • Wednesday 17th Feb  8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thursday 18th Feb  8:30am – 8:30pm
  • Friday 19th Feb 8:30am – 8:30pm
  • Sat 20th Feb & Sun 21st Feb 10:00am – 4:00pm


Guides on Responsive Blended Learning for students

We look forward to seeing you! Stay safe, and don’t forget we are here to support you, every step of the way.