Applicants are assessed on their individual merits both academic and personal. Full details can be found in the Heriot-Watt University Admissions Policy. Disability is designated a ‘protected characteristic' by the Equality Act 2010 and applicants cannot be treated unfairly due to their disability.

If you decide to apply to Heriot-Watt we strongly encourage you to disclose your disability in your application, and by completing and returning the disability form. We then provide you with information on requirements for supporting evidence and the types of support available including eligibility for Disabled Students' Allowance (for eligible UK based students only).

It can take some time to arrange support. The sooner we know about your disability the sooner we can begin to organise any support you may need.

Providing evidence of your disability

Medical evidence is required in order for support to be put in place at the University. The medical evidence should be from a suitably qualified medical professional, such as an educational psychologist, GP or consultant. It should:

  • be typed on headed paper, signed and dated
  • be written within the past six months
  • give the date of any diagnosis and details on the diagnosis
  • indicate that it has been a longstanding condition and/or it is or is expected to be a long term condition
  • state that it is likely to impact on your studies and give details.

If you have an educational psychologist's assessment report, please send a copy of this. If you do not have evidence but did receive support at school, please send a copy of your school support profile or details of any adjustments you received such as extra time in exams.

Support arrangements, such as extra time in exams, can only be put in place when you have visited the Disability Service and provided evidence of your disability.