Virtual Private Network (VPN)
The Heriot Watt Virtual Private Network (HWVPN) allows staff and students to access the University network and, where authorised, home directories and file shares when off campus. The VPN provides secure communications between your computer and the University network from home, a conference, business trip or other non-work location using the public internet.
You do not need to use the VPN to access
When off campus you can use the VPN to access
- the University network
- Home directories
- File shares (where authorised)
- your desktop PC (via remote desktop)
Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney campus: Staff
- VPN User Guide: Own Device (Windows 7/8/10)
- Remote Desktop: Windows
Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Orkney campus and IDL: Student
Malaysia campus: Staff
Malaysia campus: Student
Contractors and External Users
Non Heriot-Watt users should use the following guide if they require to use the University VPN.