What is Summer School?

Summer School is an exciting opportunity for students to get a head start at university. Many students find the move to university challenging, and Summer School can help to make the transition easier by allowing you to find out about – and find your way around – the University in advance. Participation is free and Summer School runs over three days from Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 September, which is just before Welcome Week (Monday 7 to Friday 11 September) at Edinburgh Campus.

My experience of Summer School at Heriot-Watt University was an altogether positive one. It not only eased any nerves I had prior to starting at the University, but also gave me a better insight as to what I should expect during the length of my studies. I'd recommend new students, whether first-year or direct entrants, to seize upon this opportunity to get a head start in their time at Heriot-Watt.

Summer School student

A resounding thank you. This event has massively helped my confidence and the link between staff, student helpers and advisors was brilliant. A very enjoyable and useful experience!

Summer School student
Programme outline

Over the three days you will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet and talk to current students and find out from them what university is really like.
  • Develop and put into practice some of the academic skills that are essential for success in your degree.
  • Find out about some of the resources (IT, Library etc.) that you will need for university.
  • Find out some essential tips for survival and making the most of your time at university including finding your way around, managing your time and money and using the Careers Service.
Who can sign up?

Heriot-Watt University is committed to widening participation in higher education and offering the opportunity for university study to students from a diverse range of backgrounds who have the potential to succeed. Summer School is open to anyone from the groups listed below who will be starting as an undergraduate student at Heriot-Watt:

  • Students from the 40% most deprived neighbourhoods in Scotland as defined by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD).
  • Students from schools with comparatively low rates of progression to higher education.
  • Students joining year 2 or 3 of a degree after completing an HNC or HND at a Scottish college.
  • Mature students who have completed a SWAP Access course.
  • Students who have formerly been looked after and accommodated in local authority care including foster care.
  • Anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.
  • Participants in the Transitions Event on Monday 31 August and Tuesday 1 September 2020.

If you are not in one of the groups above but think you might benefit from Summer School then please contact HWUSummerSchool@hw.ac.uk

Financial help

Where attending the Summer School may cause students particular financial difficulties assistance with travel and/or childcare costs can be offered. Please email HWUSummerSchool@hw.ac.uk for further information.

Accommodation during Summer School

If you would like accommodation during Summer School please email HWUSummerSchool@hw.ac.uk for further information.

Registering for a place at the Heriot-Watt Summer School

Students eligible to sign up for Summer School can do so via this link. If you have any problems registering please email HWUSummerSchool@hw.ac.uk

All registrations must be made by Friday 28 August 2020. Your place at Summer School will be confirmed once you have an unconditional offer of a place on your programme of study at Heriot-Watt. It is important to register as early as possible as places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

What students said about previous Summer Schools

“It was very useful in getting to know the University and what it would be like.”

“Great idea! Loved my time here! Thank you!!!

[What I found useful was] “talking to current students about life at university and their tips and advice for ‘survival'.

“Meeting some new people [and] talking to the student helpers finding out about their experience…was really helpful.”

“Thank you. I thought it was a great opportunity for me. I was happy about the programme.”

“It was great. Glad I signed up for it.”

“Thought it was brilliant.”

“Everyone was very nice and welcoming!”

“I was scared of failing – now I know that if I put in the effort, the uni will help me to achieve!”

“Fantastic event, so helpful 10/10”

“…making friends prior to Welcome Week is really good.”

Watch this short video to see Moriah, a new entrant to Heriot-Watt in September 2014, explain what she got out of Summer School 2014.