We do a lot of things, sometimes many of them behind the scenes so you might not always be aware. We'll update this page with our "wins", milestones, and things we've done that will make an impact while you study at Heriot-Watt, so you can see everything that the Student Union does for you throughout the year.

  • September 2022

  • Late Enrolment Fees Waived - We know that some students are facing delays with enrolling, which can be incredibly stressful. We've worked with the Univeristy to stop late enrolment fees until 26th September which will hopefully enable students to resolve the issues they're facing that are stopping them from enrolling. We still encourage students to enrol as soon as possible (so you don't miss anything!) but this will hopefully help those that need it.

  • Black Voices Project Scholarships - Our Black Voices Project secured funding from the University's 1821 Appeal to create 40 scholarships worth £1,000 each, to provide increased support that will enable talented Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) students overcome the barriers they face to fulfilling their academic capabilities and realising their potential

  • SBC Campus Allotment - We were pleased to work with the University to launch the SBC allotments, allowing students to sign up for their own mini-plot of land to grow their own veg.

  • OCTOBER 2022

  • Society Shortlisted for Engineering Society of the Year - We're really proud that the Robotics Society were shortlisted for Engineering Society of the Year, up against societies from Glasgow and Bristol. 

  • Adapted to Change - To mark World Metal Health Day, we hosted a day of talks, workshops and tasters support your wellbeing.

  • Lecture Recordings Are Back- You asked and we listened! Molly, your VP Education and Alba, the Student Voice Coordinator worked with the University to get you your recorded lectures back. From Week 7, where applicable, lectures will be recorded for those of you who rely on them. 

  • NOVEMBER 2022

  • Sustainability Week - As part of our annual Sustainability Week, we hosted a series of awareness events and activities including giving away free travel cups, upcycling workshop, a repair cafe to fix your devices and talks.

  • Community Larder - To launch Sustainability Week, we opened our Community Larder, stocked with a range of household essentials for students who need them. There is also a book swap where students can bring a book and leave a book.

  • December 2022

  • Hands-In - We offered free hot drinks and biscuits to students during the festive Christmas period!
  • Festive Freebie Friday – We hosted 100 students for a full free Christmas lunch along with hot chocolates and mince pies.

  • Free Period products - On both the Edinburgh and Scottish Borders Campus there are free period products for anyone who needs them!

  • January 2023

  • Funding Secured - We secured funding for the Community Larder to help us expand and help more students!

  • Burns Supper - We hosted a fantastic Burns Night Supper where everything Scottish including Haggis was served!

  • February 2023

  • Global Day - We had an extremely cultural day where the Heriot-Watt University multi-cultural brilliance was showcased. 250 students attended and connected with others while experiencing other students’ cultures!
  • AGM - We organised our Annual General Meeting where important subjects were discussed! This included a motion to support the UCU strikes, a motion to make Heriot-Watt Fossil free and a motion to keep the existing policy to boycott Nestle!

  • Reloved - We opened our very own charity shop in the Student Union so preloved clothes can become reloved. You can either be a customer, donate clothes or volunteer your time to help us run the shop!

  • March 2023

  • Paddy’s Day Bonanza - We celebrated St Patrick’s Day at the Union with many Tayto Crisp sandwiches and Guinnesses!

  • International Woman’s Day - We had a fantastic IWD on campus with so many activities including a free celebratory breakfast where messages were left by staff and students for women they appreciate!

  • Election results - The 2023 election results were announced with four fantastic candidates being voted in as the 2023/24 FTOs along with our amazing Student MPs. A total of 9323 votes were cast, that’s 16.7% of Heriot-Watt students!

  • Volunteer Awards - We hosted the 2023 Volunteer Awards at the Robotarium! We had an outstanding 500+ nominations and an overwhelming number of students submitted their volunteer hours!

  • Dignity Boxes - We trialled a donations box in the Edinburgh Business School where staff members donated toiletries which were redistributed to students in need.

  • APRIL 2023

  • Policy Proposal passed - Extending the pronouns offering on Canvas to include the following options: 

    Any pronouns



    This was done in partnership with the LGBT+ Society. To change your display pronouns on Canvas:  Profile -> Settings -> Edit Settings

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