Heriot-Watt University Student Union news

Decolonising the Curriculum!

It's time to question and transform the way of thinking as well as review how we teach within our university!

Introducing Quiet Shopping

A calm and comfortable environment for those who face difficulties when shopping.


Our brilliant buddy scheme, MATES, is back and better than ever before.

Join us at our Mental Health Conference

Preparing U for life after University!


Switch to the Ecosia search engine and plant trees with every search you make.

Society Bucket List

Running out of ideas and ways to keep your society active? Then look no further!
The Society Bucket List is the perfect solution for YOU!

The Bucket List aims to help society leaders on their journey and allows for their great work to be recognised! There's plenty of fun activity ideas to tick off, and shiny badges to be collected. Not to forget the awesome certificate that you'll receive at the Volunteer Awards to show off that you've been working hard!

Essential apps for Heriot-Watt Students!

Apps for productivity, managing money, ordering food and getting about. Your life will be so much easier when you use these essential apps!

Top skills to learn before coming to Uni

Don't be the Freshers who puts a red sock in with the bright colours...

Drinking Hard or Hardly Drinking

Who knew alcohol was for more than just hand sanitiser?

Getting Around Edinburgh

Bus, tram, train, we've got it all!

What to bring to Uni

Here's what not to forget!

GET INVOLVED - Societies

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!

Making friends and finding your people

You're about to meet so many new people, try and remember their names!

Queer Erasure in History

Ever heard phrases like “LGBT+ is a new thing” or “back in my day, there weren’t as many gay people around”? This perception obviously is not reflective of reality, but it’s also not completely wrong.

Long-Term Learning vs. Last-Minute Cramming
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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.

Body Positivity and surviving violence

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 as a Pole Dancer

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

Body Positivity in the face of depression [TW: eating disorder, self-harm, mental illnesses]

Exam Tips
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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.

The Scot Gov Hate Crime Bill Part 2
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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!

Body Positivity
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Love U for U!

Congrats to Actuarial Soc!
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We wanted to give big congratulations to the Students Actuarial Society for their FIRST EVER digital conference!

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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!
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The votes are tallied, and the results are in! Check out our election results here!

Happy International Women’s Day!
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The theme this year is #ChooseToChallenge.

Wellbeing Wednesday: Mitigating Circumstances
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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!

Stefan G. Kay
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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.

Society Spotlight: Watt Esports Making It rain for Charity
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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!

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A message from Emily Lucy King, Student Union President.

Happy Global Day!
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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!

Tuition fees
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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!

Happy Lunar New Year!
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We'd like to wish a Happy Chinese New Year to all our students and staff!

Studying online
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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!

Vice President Wellbeing

The Union is committed to fighting for the wellbeing ALL its students because YOU deserve better!

New society alert - Computer Science!
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Have you heard?
A brand new, global academic society is here! THE place for everything CS!

The Scot Gov Hate Crime Bill
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[TW: Transphobia]

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!

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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.

Student Member of Parliament


Vice President Community

What does Community mean to you?

School Member of Parliament

Want to volunteer your time and make the Uni better?

Student Union President

Interested in becoming President? Read this!

Full Time Officers

Interested in becoming a Full Time Officer? Start here!


Wellbeing Wednesday: Meet your Wellbeing MPs!
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With election nominations closing soon, we thought we would introduce you to the roles of Wellbeing MP and Open MP!

LGBT History Month: Coming out in my 20's
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This article, the last in our series this month, is an anonymous contribution from a Heriot-Watt student!

LGBT History Month: LGBT Perspective
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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.

LGBT History Month: Starting Uni as an LGBT Student
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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!

LGBT History Month: Finding your people
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Find your people here at Heriot-Watt or around Scotland with our resources below!

Celebrating Diversity - LGBT History Month
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From 1st February, we're marking the start of LGBT History Month!

Forming a new society...to winning new society of the year!
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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!

Academic Representation
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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?

The one about Essay Mills

Don't miss this article on whats essay mills are, what do they do, and why they're important!

Elections 2021

Interested in making an impact and improving life for Heriot-Watt students? Find out more here!

Focus Groups

We have student-led focus groups running all next week and YOU are invited!

Getting involved
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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!

Managing Expectations during Online Learning
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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 with HWUnion
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Volunteering is more than a line to add on your CV - it also means getting involved in some great causes!

Wellbeing Services @ Heriot-Watt
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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.

Sustainability in 2021
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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.

Wellbeing Wednesday: Introducing MATES
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Refreshers is just around the corner, so we thought we would let you know about our new and exciting MATES scheme!

WW: Christmas isn’t always the most wonderful time of the year
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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!

Careers Advice: Stand in the Elections

Find out from Careers why you should apply!

WW Gender Based Violence: Nights Out

What does your typical night out look like? Ever thought what it looking like for someone else?

Wellbeing Wednesday: Gender-Based Violence

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 won!

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!

The Good Flatmate Guide

Be the kind of flatmate you'd want to live with. And PLEASE stop leaving your dirty dishes in the sink.

Being away from home

Feeling nervous about being away from the comforts of home? Here's our advice!

Living in Halls!

You're moving in soon, so what can you expect?

Getting to know our Campuses!

Excited about starting University soon? Find out what's waiting for you on-campus!

Society Success - This is Engineering Day

We had a fantastic collaborative society event recently so we wanted to tell you about it!