Armed forces families

We recognise that the term armed forces families covers a very broad and diverse range of people and backgrounds. This includes current serving personnel, their spouses and partners, their children, reservists and ex-service personnel. Some of the issues you face will be similar to other groups we support whilst others will be very particular to your own situation. No matter what your situation is we are here to help.

Heriot-Watt University received the Armed Forces Covenant Silver Award in October 2019 for its outstanding support for the armed forces. Each Silver Award winner has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

At the heart of our commitment is the recognition of the value that ex-armed forces personnel and their families can bring to our workplace and our student body.

Our widening participation team are happy to help anyone who is a member of a UK armed forces family; just get in touch – WP@hw.ac.uk. Some of our other information sections may be relevant to you: -

  • College students and mature students – this information will be relevant to anyone who has served and has either now left the forces or is considering leaving the forces. It is also relevant to spouses and partners.
  • Young and adult carers – this information will be relevant to anyone who is caring for a current or ex-serving member of the UK Armed Forces who has an injury, physical disability or mental disability, even if you do not consider yourself the main carer in your family.
  • Coming from school – this information may be relevant to the children and teenagers of current serving and ex-serving UK Armed Forces personnel.