Guidance and resources

The following policies, guidance and external resources are related to the Athena SWAN initiative at Heriot-Watt. If you know about other relevant resources not shown here, please send details to

Heriot-Watt practice and policies 

Information on Family Friendly policies including maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental leave, unpaid parental leave, emergency dependants leave, time out for antenatal appointments, flexible working and the Childcare Voucher Scheme. The Childcare Voucher Scheme link will also direct you to information regarding Riccarton's local nursery for younger children, and sports summer camp for older ones.

You will also find the University's promotions, remuneration, equality and diversity, and performance and development policies.

The University is developing a hub to signpost resources that aim to help support a positive work life balance.

Many people find this free service a helpful support at a time of transition in their lives.​

The University supports staff and students to continue to breastfeed on their return to work or study. We provide dedicated facilities for breastfeeding, expressing and storage of milk at our Edinburgh and Dubai campuses. Where dedicated facilities are not available, arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis with your line manager, to provide you with a private, healthy and safe environment to breastfeed/express. Where possible you will also be provided with access to a secure, clean fridge to store the milk.

If you would like to know more about your local dedicated facility, to arrange a visit or gain longer term access, please contact the relevant person listed below:

Edinburgh Nursing Room: Hugh Nisbet Building, Room 2.22, contact: Main Reception, extn 3501, or email This room is fully equipped. There is also a small rest/feeding room at the Lyell Centre on the first floor: Room 1.06., lockable, drop-in use (not bookable,  but contact Fiona Jackson or Malcolm Laird  if any problems or feedback). Kitchen facilities nearby for bottle sterilising and storage.

Dubai Nursing Room: Female Block, contact: Hari Krishnan

Baby changing facilities are provided all around our campuses. Please contact Main Reception if you are having trouble locating a suitable facility.

External resources


Web resources and tools

Key information

Lorraine Vallance

Sharan Virdee