Have you ever wondered what the key differences between long-term learning and last-minute cramming are? Looking to change up the way you approach your learning within Semester 2? If so, a brief outline is provided below for your benefit.
This instalment of our Body Positivity series covers includes discussion of disordered eating. We've included links to resrouces if you find yourself in any way affected by the theme discussed.
This instalment of our Body Positivity series is written by Annie Robinson.
Today's post comes from a student who found the ability to love themselves after experiencing trauma.
TW: Gender-Based Violence, disordered eating
Body Positivity comes in all shapes and forms! Today's contribution is from the perspective of a pole dancer!
Body Positivity in the face of depression [TW: eating disorder, self-harm, mental illnesses]
With the exam diet approaching, we thought it would be helpful to share some of our top tips for studying to make sure you succeed in your assessments.
Happy trans day of visibility! Last month we wrote a post about the Scottish Government Hate Crime Bill and now we're here for a follow-up!
We wanted to give big congratulations to the Students Actuarial Society for their FIRST EVER digital conference!
We all have mental health, and physical health. They are separate, but not as separate as we tend to think.
The votes are tallied, and the results are in! Check out our election results here!
The theme this year is #ChooseToChallenge.
Mitigating Circumstances have changed, there's money you might be eligible to apply for, and feedback you can give - check it all out in our latest article here!
It is with a heavy heart that today we share with you the news of the loss of a Heriot-Watt alum and former Student Union President – in fact, it is the loss of Stefan Kay, the Union’s first president.
We've written up a small piece in his memory on his many achievements and dedication to Heriot-Watt University and the Union across his life.
We want to give a HUGE congratulations to all the Watt Esports team for all the hard work they put into raising SO much money for SUCH a great cause!
A message from Emily Lucy King, Student Union President.
Happy Global Day! This is an opportunity for us to celebrate and showcase our diversity – did you know Heriot-Watt students represent over 94 nationalities on the UK campuses alone? From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, we really are a diverse and wonderful community!
We know the quality of your learning is not what you expected or wanted to pay for - that's why we are committed to doing everything we can. Read how, and how YOU can help too in this article!
We'd like to wish a Happy Chinese New Year to all our students and staff!
Responsive Blended Learning has COMPLETELY changed the way students study this year. If you're still adjusting, don't worry - week 6 is THE window of time you can use to catch up. Find out in our latest article here!
The Union is committed to fighting for the wellbeing ALL its students because YOU deserve better!
Have you heard?
A brand new, global academic society is here! THE place for everything CS!
The Scottish Parliament is currently reviewing a Hate Crime Bill which aims to better protect individuals and groups from hate crimes and tie already-existing pieces of legislation together. This Bill is seen as controversial and has sparked up many discussions so far - we thought we’d walk you through it!
Last semester brought a lot of changes that made your studies look quite different. You told us your workload was too much, and we acted. Check out what we did in this article.
BE BRAVE. BE AMBITIOUS. MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
What does Community mean to you?
Want to volunteer your time and make the Uni better?
Interested in becoming President? Read this!
Interested in becoming a Full Time Officer? Start here!
With election nominations closing soon, we thought we would introduce you to the roles of Wellbeing MP and Open MP!
This article, the last in our series this month, is an anonymous contribution from a Heriot-Watt student!
Calling all cinema lovers! Did you know we have compiled an amazing watchlist of films, series and documentaries relating to LGBT History Month? If you’re not sure where to start, Maria, one of our MPs, recommends Philadelphia, a film about the taboo of sexuality in the workplace.
To kick off LGBT History Month, one of our amazing volunteers, Connel Greenhorn, has written about his experience of starting uni as an LGBT student!
Find your people here at Heriot-Watt or around Scotland with our resources below!
From 1st February, we're marking the start of LGBT History Month!
Adam, President of the Chess Society, tells us about how he and his committee went from starting Chess Soc, to winning new society of the year!
We chat a lot about Academic Representation, but what does that mean for you? How can you get involved to help make changes for students?
Don't miss this article on whats essay mills are, what do they do, and why they're important!
Interested in making an impact and improving life for Heriot-Watt students? Find out more here!
We have student-led focus groups running all next week and YOU are invited!
University life is definitely not all work and no play. You’re going to find yourself with a nice bit of free time in even if it doesn’t seem it at times. Especially lately, it’s SO important for your mental health that you find a balance between work and play. Check out how you can still get involved despite the restrictions!
If there’s one thing we’ve realised by now, it’s that COVID has changed everything in our lives. Some for the worse and others for the better. If you’ve been with us at Heriot-Watt last semester, you’ll have no doubt noticed things are looking pretty different when it comes to studying. That's why we thought it was important to help you manage your expectations as we start the new semester.
Volunteering is more than a line to add on your CV - it also means getting involved in some great causes!
There are only 3 sleeps until semester 2! Where does the time go...?
With new restrictions in place, we thought we’d take a second to talk you through the support services Heriot-Watt University that are available to you for free and with no judgement.
Remember it's okay to not be okay.
If you're a new-start this semseter, welcome to Heriot-Watt! If you're a returning student, welcome back!
In this blog, I am going to give a run-down on what sustainability means to Heriot-Watt University Student Union and what we are doing to tackle the issues surrounding it.
Refreshers is just around the corner, so we thought we would let you know about our new and exciting MATES scheme!
Here for U... Christmas isn’t always the most wonderful time of the year
Not everyone loves Christmas, for lots of different reasons – and that’s ok!
Find out from Careers why you should apply!
What does your typical night out look like? Ever thought what it looking like for someone else?
At least 1 in 2 women experience Gender-Based Violence and 1 in 4 are affected by domestic abuse in their lifetime. Today marks the start of the 16 Days of Action against Gender-Based Violence, a national campaign to break the stigma surrounding violence towards women.
Friday the 20th of November is dedicated to the memory of Trans and non-binary people murdered or pushed to suicide because of violence and discrimination.
We've got some good news! We won an award after all our work on the Union's rebrand this year. Check out how we did it!
We've got your very own stay-at-home weekend lined up for you!
As part of SHAG Week, Wellbeing MP, Sam sits down with HIV Scotland to find out more!
Don't be the Freshers who puts a red sock in with the bright colours...
Any questions? Just mask!
Get involved, fix things, make changes!
Who knew alcohol was for more than just hand sanitiser?
Be the kind of flatmate you'd want to live with. And PLEASE stop leaving your dirty dishes in the sink.
Don't wait until you're halfway into your degree to get involved - join one of our amazing societies straight away and get stuck in!
You're about to meet so many new people, try and remember their names!
Here's what not to forget!
Feeling nervous about being away from the comforts of home? Here's our advice!
Click here to find out more!
You're moving in soon, so what can you expect?
Excited about starting University soon? Find out what's waiting for you on-campus!
This week, we're looking at securing housing for next year
We're working hard to put on another fantastic Freshers Week!
Have you met our Advice Hub?
Connecting people through deeper conversation.
Visit our Black Voices Project page for information on our BLM campaign
INTRODUCING OUR NEW COMMITTEE MEMBER ...
Interested in learning a language while you're at Uni?
For Sustainable Week HWBS and HWWS are exploring how breweries and distilleries contribute to helping the world with a sustainable future
Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life.
An inspiring movie about three women at NASA who were instrumental in one of history's greatest operations
We are delighted to be working with The Hanging Bat, who are offering us priority access and discount to their Wednesday Whisky Club.
Brilliant but immature Brooklyn detective Jake Peralta must learn to follow the rules and be a team player when his squad gets an exacting new captain.
InnerSpace have a wealth of podcasts to listen to
Join InnerSpace for their personal development seminars online.
We are delighted to confirm our final partnership for the year 2020-21 with one of the most popular whisky attractions in the entire world - The Scotch Whisky Experience.
InnerSpace have a schedule of online talks all centred around mental wellbeing.
We are delighted to announce our partnership with legendary Edinburgh Institution, the Athletic Arms, perhaps better known as 'The Diggers'.
Need a bit of "ahhhhh..." in your life? These online guided meditation sessions might help.
Have a laugh with Romesh Ranganathan
Louis Theroux documentary
Louis Theroux documentary
What you should be listening to in 2020
Great metaphor for Apartheid (interviews at the start are with survivors of Apartheid state)
Netflix documentary detailing the the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsbug and her landmark work on women's rights.
Gary Younge (HW ALUM!!!) travels across America to find out why Trump resonates with so many people.
A British school helps its students uncover and eradicate hidden racial biases.
A lively guide to the underground Black Lesbian scene in Britain and the US.
David Lammy MP reveals the shocking story
Limited series on the Central Park Five.
Join former first lady Michelle Obama in an intimate documentary looking at her life
Brian Cox and guests give you your science fix
Everything you should know - in a podcast!
King of British Journalism, Louis Theroux, talks candidly with a range of interesting celebrities
Cheeky chappies Ed Gamble and James Acaster talk to celebs about their dream meal
Really interesting look at Race and Prejudice in the UK
Brilliant interviews with famous folk about Mental Health, Physical Health and other issues not often spoken about.
Megan Thee Stallion has nearly 43m monthly listeners
Solange has 2.5m monthly listeners
Doja Cat has nearly 32m monthly listeners
Songs of empowerment and pride.
Frank Ocean has over 14m monthly listeners
Alternative and indie artists from across the Pride spectrum.
Four to the floor with your disco queens and kings.
Lyrical. Legit. This Pride vision of Folk, Americana, and Singer-Songwriter music features LGBTQ acts and allies.
The revolutionaries, the allies, and the just plain fabulous: these flawless tracks are beyond perfect for Pride.
Listen to tracks that don't hold back from artists that are unlike any other.
Music spanning many genres and decades, all by Black lesbian, gay, bi and trans artists.
Stories and interviews behind the lives of a thriving LGBTQ+ community. Updates once a month.
Michelle Obama dives deep into conversations with loved ones
Takes interesting/controversial topics and walks through the what the science says on them
Try some fitness classes using the ClassPass app
Dance like no one is watching
Fancy some yoga in the comfort of your own home?
Return to your childhood and make an obstacle course
Who doesn't love to create their own little castle?
Recorded seminars from Stanford Uni - great if you've got dreams of being an entrepreneur
Learn about the environmental impact of our fast fashion habits.
Learn the history of philosophy - without any gaps!
How to make and mend your clothes
Online life drawing classes
Can you be our star baker?
Learn how to make your own salt crystals
Another partnership for our society with O'Connor's, the Irish/whisky bar on Broughton Road.
Make a delicious brownie in a mug!
Come and say hi on our social media and Facebook groups!
Covers grassroots campaigns by US Democrat figures.
RiveRLife is a French-Caribbean restaurant at 84 Dalry Road, offering the finest experience of Provençal cuisine. They are offering an amazing 30% off food Monday-Thursday to all of our members with a valid membership card.
The Union has formalised the Society's membership.
David Tennant hosts a podcast with a range of high profile guests
We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with the Edinburgh branch of the legendary independent bottler and whisky shop - William Cadenhead's.