Widening participation students

If you are a Scottish student who qualifies under widening participation, we offer a number of Clearing opportunities across our subject areas. A full list of places with be confirmed in the coming weeks, register for Clearing updates below.

Clearing updates

Register for Clearing updates by completing the online form.

Widening Participation vacancies for Scottish applicants (SIMD20 and Care leavers)

Heriot-Watt University is committed to widening participation to students from all backgrounds and uses a contextual approach in our admissions procedures to enable us to select applicants with the greatest potential to succeed.

As part of our work on widening participation, the Scottish Government has assigned a number of additional places to the University for students entering the University whose home address is within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 20% most deprived areas or who are Care Leavers.

This initiative is aimed at further increasing the number of students who reside in key areas of underrepresentation in higher education taking up a place of study at the University.

Are you eligible?

To check if you are eligible for a widening participation clearing place, please use the government information map, to see if you live in SIMD Area 1.

  • Type your postcode in the ‘area finder’ box on the left of the map
  • Click ‘Go’ and then hover over the yellow marker for your house
  • Look at the box on the right – just underneath the big box with population information in it there’s some text. If you see the words ‘quintile 1’ then you live in an SIMD20 postcode.
Woman boarding a number 25 Lothian bus

We recognise that for some students the cost of travel is a barrier to coming to university. In association with Lothian buses, we are pleased to offer help with travel costs to those applicants living in qualifying neighbourhoods in Scotland (defined by the Scottish Government as being the 20% most deprived in the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD)), and Care Leavers, whilst they are at university.

If you accept our offer you will receive a student ‘Ridacard’ that covers the academic year. The offer continues for each year you remain in the University. If you live out with the Lothian Bus route area we will provide equivalent value travel support, which will be agreed on a case-by-case basis.

To check if you are covered by this scheme, call the clearing helpline on +44 (0) 131 322 3222.

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