Oriam: Scotland's Sports Performance Centre

Oriam: Scotland's Sports Performance Centre is based at our Edinburgh Campus. The facilities include a new full size indoor synthetic pitch, upgraded external grass pitches, a new twelve-court sports hall, new large gym, office accommodation and a performance wing which includes a new strength and conditioning gym, hydrotherapy pool, performance changing rooms and a rehab centre.

The new development hosts a number of Governing Body National Programmes, which include the Scottish FA, Scottish Rugby, Basketball Scotland, Scottish Handball and Scottish Squash & Racketball.

For further information visit the Oriam Scotland website.

Talent Development Programme (TDP)

One aspect of our bid was to offer a new Talent Development Programme (TDP) that would build on over twenty years of success in delivering sports scholarships to elite student athletes.

The TDP will work to provide support to students who are UK residents who choose to study at our Edinburgh Campus.

Support while you study

We work in line with national governing bodies to create a competitive and challenging training environment for the development of our scholars.

Successful applicants can benefit from a wide range of support & development services available during their time at Heriot-Watt. These include:

  • Academic flexibility
  • Funding
  • Facility membership
  • Access to key sport science staff & services.

Criteria for entry

The following criteria should be met during the initial application:

  • Athletes who have been competing at a national age grade level (or above) are encouraged to apply.
  • Applications from athletes whose sport is represented by a club at Heriot-Watt are preferred.
  • Athletes will be nominated by their respective national governing body performance coach (or equivalent), having already shown the necessary commitment to developing their talent.

Support is also available to athletes who are competing at Commonwealth, World and Olympic standard to balance their training and study. Individuals who meet this criteria will already be involved in a performance programme within their respective national governing body.

Athletes who are currently supported by the SportScotland Institute of Sport are also encouraged to apply.

Application process

Applications open from 11 February and will close on 31 May, for entry into the following September (Semester 1 of the academic year).

Applications after this date may still be considered, however applicants must first contact Andrew Lombard ( a.lombard@hw.ac.uk ) for details on how to submit a late application

Please note that due to the number of enquiries, responses will only be given to individuals who fall within the entry criteria above.

Winning Students

Winning Students is Scotland's national sports scholarship programme, supporting student athletes with annual scholarships up to £5,500 to help them achieve their sporting and academic goals. TDP athletes may be eligible for support during their time at Heriot-Watt.

Women's National Performance Centre

The Scottish FA National Performance Centre for women's football opened its doors in 2009 at the University of Stirling and is now based at Heriot-Watt University.

Scotland's first national centre of excellence for women's football has been established through a partnership between the Universities, Winning Students and the Scottish FA.

Players are carefully selected by the Scottish FA and the programme supports those at A Squad or U19 level. The players train daily under the tutelage of Head Coach Paul Brownlie. Each player combines their sport with study for a degree at the University or at Edinburgh College.

See a short video on the programme