Widening participation events

We run a number of events throughout the year targeted at specific groups of people. These are tailored to make sure that you can get the most out of each event. Please keep checking back to these pages – we will keep them up to date throughout the year.

College events

Making the Move – from college to university

On Friday 21 May, from 1.30–3pm, we are running bespoke subject-based sessions to give you an insight into what teaching will be like at Heriot-Watt. This will involve a mixture of lectures and/or experiments and the chance to talk to academics and current students about studying at university.

The available sessions are:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Biological Sciences
  • Civil Engineering / Structural Engineering
  • Construction Project Management / Quantity Surveying
  • International Business Management
  • Psychology.

These sessions will take place online and have been designed to be relaxed and informal, so please feel free to ask anything you like about the differences in teaching between college and university. Remember there are no such things as silly questions!

To register, please fill in our Making the Move registration form.

If you have any questions, please email us at

Events for everyone

Join the Watt Family, Friday 28 May at 1.30pm

We  invite you to become part of our Watt Family. Being part of the family will mean that we can keep you informed of useful information and dates, such as reminders to apply for accommodation, advice just before results time, and how to get the best out of our induction sessions. In addition, we hope that you will be able to connect with other new students who are in the same situation as you to help ease the stress of starting university.

We are running a series of tailored sessions on Friday 28 May from 1.30-4.30pm which are designed to help you get the most out of university life. These are aimed specifically at offer-holders from non-traditional backgrounds to give you more information on both the useful and fun stuff at university. Sessions include:

  • student support and wellbeing
  • disability support and advice
  • student accommodation
  • Student Union – the fun stuff on campus.

These sessions will take place online and have been designed to be relaxed and informal, so please feel free to ask anything you like. The aim of this event is to help you gain a feel for what life at university is like here at Heriot-Watt. Remember there are no such things as silly questions, and these events are designed for you to be open and speak freely in a safe space

To register for the event, just fill in our Friday event registration form. If you want to be part of the Watt Family, you can tell us there. If you have any questions, please email us at

School events

Brightest Watts Summer Programme, July 2021

Would you like to know more about studying at university?

Then sign up for the Brightest Watts Summer Programme.

Due to the ongoing restrictions, this programme will be delivered online, so we’ve decided to run it over two weeks this year. The dates are:

Week 1 – Monday 26 July to Friday 30 July

This week will be a mix of live sessions and pre-recorded videos. You will meet your student mentors and carry out fun activities in the live sessions. The pre-recorded videos will introduce you to your workshop providers and subject-based content relevant to the live sessions the following week. Some recorded videos will have activities for you to carry out before the live sessions commence.

Week 2  – Monday 26 July to Friday 6 August

This is a full week of live sessions. You will take part in discussions and activities in real-time with your workshop provider and student mentors. 

Watt to expect

We want to give you a real insight into life as a university student. There are live workshops as well as fun activities. You will meet our amazing Brightest Watts student ambassadors, who are all current university students, and hear about what their courses are like. The atmosphere is always friendly and supportive, and the focus is on meeting new people, learning new skills and raising your confidence levels.

We will provide everything you need to take part, including materials and packs to support the workshops. We can also provide a laptop and dongle loan service to anyone who does not have access to a laptop or computer or who has restricted Wi-Fi. A laptop or computer is better than a phone or tablet to make sure you can get the most out of the programme.

To find out more, visit our summer school web pages

Places are limited and although we welcome all applications, we will prioritise pupils from widening participation backgrounds including priority postcodes (MD20), pupils with experience of care, young carers and those from schools with low progression rates to higher education.

If you have any questions, please email us at