Students who are awarded an Access Bursary receive a total of £1,000 for each year of their undergraduate studies. The student is paid £1,000 in their first year of studies, (this includes those entering directly to Years 2 or 3), and £1,000 in each year as an enrolled student on an Honours degree. If the student is taking part in a paid work placement, the bursary will not normally be paid for that year. Students on an intercampus transfer will continue to receive the bursary.
To be eligible to apply, applicants should be ordinarily resident in Scotland and meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Students from the 40% most deprived neighbourhoods as defined by Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD).
- Students from schools identified as having low progression rates to higher education by the Schools for Higher Education Programme (SHEP).
- Students articulating to year 2 and 3 of Heriot-Watt degrees from an HNC or HND at a Scottish college.
- Associate Students starting their third year at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh or Scottish Borders campuses.
- Mature students who have gained entry qualifications through the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP).
- Students who have formerly been Looked After or Accommodated i.e. in local authority care including foster care or being looked after at home. This includes applicants from anywhere in the UK who have spent time in care.
- Students who care, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.
- Students who have previously participated in Heriot-Watt's Brightest Watts Programme.
If any of the above apply to you, you can complete the online form to apply for an Access Bursary.
Please note we cannot guarantee that if you apply for an Access Bursary that you will be successful in being awarded one. We usually receive many more applications than the number of bursaries we have available.
We aim to notify all applicants of the outcome of their application by the end of October and make the first bursary payment by the end of November.