Principal welcomes student return

Principal welcomes student return

Students are being warmly welcomed back to Heriot-Watt this week with the University ready to deliver a dynamic learning experience during what is one of its most historic academic years.

The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the University taking all necessary action to protect the health and wellbeing of everyone who studies, works and visits any of its five global campuses.

This includes the introduction of a new ‘Responsive Blended Learning’ approach, which is set to deliver the University’s academic programme whilst adhering to the latest Government guidance.

Professor Richard A. Williams, Principal and Vice Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University recently added his support to a joint statement issued by all Principals across Scotland’s higher education institutions, welcoming the return of students.  

Afterwards, Professor Williams offered reassurance to new and returning students on the robust measures the University now has in place.

He said: “I am delighted to say we are ready to welcome back our students and extend our warmest wishes to each and every one. In recent months, the University has worked painstakingly to prepare our campuses across the globe to make them as safe as possible during an extremely challenging time.  We have a series of new safety measures in place across our five campuses including the introduction of social distancing to protect everyone at Heriot-Watt.

“In addition, we have implemented a new and bespoke responsive blended learning model, bringing on-campus students together with our global student network online.

“We remain committed to doing everything possible to provide a rewarding and memorable experience during their time with us.”

The Joint Principal’s statement is available to read in full on the Universities Scotland website 

COVID-19 help and advice

The University is monitoring the coronavirus COVID-19 guidance and acting on the latest official health and travel advice relevant to each campus in the UK, Dubai and Malaysia.

If you have any of the following symptoms you should book a test online or call 0800 028 2816 if unable to access the online service:

  • a new continuous cough
  • fever/high temperature
  • loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste.

If you are a student or member of staff and have any concerns about symptoms or interaction with others please contact SafeGuarding through the SafeZone app or on 0131 451 3500.

More information can be found on our dedicated help site.


Craig McManamon