Here are some examples of the brilliant work we have done for our students.
Wellbeing Week 2018
In March we ran Wellbeing Week, putting on a range of activities and sessions designed to soothe, support and spoil our students. From our Queer Sex Ed workshop to Women’s Only Zoga (yoga with Zoe) to a visit from our favourite cheeky alpacas, there was something for everyone. Looking after the wellbeing of our students is something we care about all year round, but this was a special opportunity to highlight its importance in the middle of a busy semester.
Fair Food Prices on Campus
At the beginning of 2017, students came back after the winter break to find the University had removed student pricing in their catering facilities. Food is part of the education service offered by Heriot-Watt (you can’t study on an empty stomach), and therefore students should get their meals at university VAT free. Students were now claiming they couldn’t afford their favourite meals, so we stepped in. Our petition to the Secretary of the University received over 1,400 signatures and pushed the university to reinstate the dual pricing system.
The Push for More Study Space
The run up to exams can be a hectic time on campus, with everyone looking for the perfect study spot (and usually a plug socket). In 2015, the problem was worse than ever. We launched our Nowhere to Study campaign to raise awareness of the fact that our students needed more space. The University listened, and made some real changes. Classrooms were opened up for study usage and the James Watt Centre received a £4 million refurbishment. The library is also currently undergoing a £6 million revamp and a brand new Discovery and Innovation Centre is on track to open in 2019.