Student support

Coming to university is one of the biggest moves you'll ever make. The years ahead will be fun, exciting and fulfilling but there may be times when you'll need some help and advice. We have a range of support services with friendly, approachable staff that are there to listen and provide you with the advice, support and information you need throughout your time at with us.

Student Support is an important first port of call for practical advice and support on all kinds of issues including settling into university life, money, accommodation, disability and personal safety. We can also help if you get into difficulties by providing support and counselling to make sure you get the most out of your time at Heriot-Watt.

For more information, please visit our Student pages.

Disability Service

Our campuses are modern and well equipped for those of you who have a disability. If you have disclosed a disability prior to the start of your course, staff in the the Disability Service will meet with you to provide ongoing professional advice and support throughout your time at University.

The Disability Service can provide support and advice with study skills if you have a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, in addition to assistive technology to help students overcome any barriers to learning.

Each School within the University has at least one contact staff member who has particular responsibilities for disabled students. The Disability Advisor liaises regularly with these staff members and also with mentors and tutors to co-ordinate the support for all disabled.

For more information, please visit the Disability Service pages.

Careers Advisory Service

The University's award winning Careers Advisory Service provides one of the most extensive and comprehensive careers education and professional development programmes of any higher education institution in the UK. The Careers Advisory Service can also help you to find part-time work and vacation employment.

For more information, please visit the Careers Service web pages.

Support for widening participation

Heriot-Watt University is committed to widening participation in higher education and offering the opportunity for university study to students from a diverse range of backgrounds who have the potential to succeed. We particularly welcome applications from the following groups and seek to support them in their studies:

  • Students from the 40% most deprived neighbourhoods in Scotland as defined by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD).
  • Students from schools with comparatively low rates of progression to higher education.
  • Students joining year 2 or 3 of a degree after completing an HNC or HND at a Scottish college.
  • Mature students who have completed a SWAP Access course.
  • Students who have formerly been looked after and accommodated in local authority care including foster care (see Support for care leavers).
  • Students with caring responsibilities: anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

Our approach at Heriot-Watt is to ensure your transition to university is as smooth as possible and that you are able to easily access all the benefits of university study. In the initial stages of your study we will signpost any help you might need, assist you to assess the progress you are making in settling in and provide a point of contact if you are having difficulties and are not sure what to do next. Our aim is to make sure you get the most out of your time at Heriot-Watt.

Our support for Widening Participation includes the Heriot-Watt Summer School, Personal Tutors,  and Access Bursaries.

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