Induction and Enrolment

Welcome Week (7-14 September 2020) is our opportunity to introduce you to the University and to help you prepare for your studies. We hope that by the end of the week you feel as prepared and as confident as you can be about what happens next.

Your participation in Welcome Week is vital. This is your first week at University, so don't miss it. During Welcome Week there are certain things you must do, such are taking part in your induction programme and ensuring that you complete your enrolment. There are other optional activities, like taking part in the Student Union's Freshers' Week programme

Welcome Week consists of the following:


Induction is the organised programme of welcome and introductory activities you will participate in as a new student joining a particular programme of study. Induction is a mandatory element of starting university and all new students are expected to participate. Over the two or three days of your induction you will have the opportunity to:

  • Find out about your programme of study.
  • Meet your fellow students, lecturers and find your way around the University.
  • Find out from current students what Heriot-Watt is really like and have any of your questions answered about what to expect.
  • Find out more about the University's support systems and resources to help you study.

Your 2020/21 induction will take place online and you can access your induction timetable on Vision, your virtual learning environment.

Once you are logged in to Vision:

  • Click on the Induction link to take you to the Induction organisation (on the top right Organisation tab),
  • Sign up to the appropriate campus group by clicking on the Campus Groups Signup tab on the left hand side and clicking on the appropriate campus sign up button –  UK, Dubai or Malaysia,
  • Explore the site and find out when your induction events are planned during welcome week 7 - 11 September.

Find the details of your induction programme:

Induction timetables


Unless you have been advised otherwise, you should complete online enrolment before you arrive on campus. Once you arrive on campus you will need to complete your enrolment by showing your photographic ID (passport, driving licence, visa) and you will be issued with your student card. If you are an international student, go to the Student Service centre with your passport and visa. If you are a UK/EU student, go to the Learning Commons 1, Hugh Nisbet building, with photographic ID. Both venues will be open on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September from 12-4pm and from Monday 9 to Friday 13 September from 10-4pm. If you are at the Borders or Orkney campuses, you will be given more details on arrival. 

Freshers' Week

Freshers' Week is the programme of events and activities organised and run by the Students' Union. Look out for the Freshers' Wall Planners for full details and make sure you get involved in as much as possible to make the most of your Freshers' Week experience. Visit the Students' Union website for more details.

Key information

Registry and Academic Support