Heriot-Watt University



Heriot-Watt students design homes of the future

Students have been encouraged to “push each and every boundary” that makes up a typical home, in a tie up between Heriot-Watt University and homebuilder CALA Homes.

Published 7 March 2019

Homelessness experts urge cross-government action as homelessness reductions stall

Homelessness experts have called on the UK Government and the Scottish Government to work together following evidence that reductions in homelessness across Scotland have stalled.

Published 25 February 2019

Governments urged to tackle root causes of rough sleeping with more than 24,000 people facing Christmas on streets or public transport

More than 24,000 people in Britain will spend Christmas sleeping rough, on public transport, or in tents – far more than there were five years ago, according to new figures.

Published 18 December 2018

Four leading housing scholars conferred as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

Urban studies professor Glen Bramley is among four leading housing scholars to have been conferred the award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences following nomination by the Housing Studies Association (HSA).

Published 19 October 2018

UK housing sector ‘still not ready for ageing population’

Health experts from across the UK have called for Commissioners for Ageing to be introduced in England and Scotland to help place housing at the heart of service integration for older people.

Published 15 October 2018

New report calls for ‘supported lodgings’ model for young homeless people

A ‘supported lodgings’ model must be introduced in Scotland to urgently address youth homelessness and reduce reliance on hostel and B&B accommodation, a new report has found.

Published 18 September 2018

Number of homeless people in hostels ‘up by 43%’

The number of homeless households in hostel accommodation in Scotland has increased by 43% since 2010, a new report has found.

Published 4 June 2018

Report outlines way to use land value increases to deliver new homes

Effective approaches for Scotland to use publicly created increases in land value to help finance the infrastructure needed to deliver new housing and other development have been highlighted in a report published today.

Published 23 May 2018

Blog: Why does Housing First work?

Prof Sarah Johnsen reflects on the question of why Housing First seems to be so much more effective than mainstream provision for the majority of homeless people with multiple and complex needs.

Published 21 March 2018

Scottish Urban Students Forum event to discuss future of urban planning and the built environment

The Urban Society of Heriot-Watt University will be launching the first annual Scottish Urban Students Forum networking and speakers event on April 6 at the Scottish Poetry Library.

Published 14 March 2018

Scottish Government accepts recommendations to end rough sleeping

New recommendations to ensure the commitment to eradicate rough sleeping in Scotland have been accepted in principle by the Scottish Government.

Published 7 March 2018

Building industry and planners give Planning Bill evidence

Holyrood's local government and communities committee will continue to examine the Planning (Scotland) Bill today as it hears evidence from organisations from the country’s builders and planners.

Published 7 March 2018

Invitation to focus group to explore new ways to help young people at risk of homelessness

Heriot-Watt University is exploring the potential of a new way to provide housing for young people at risk of homelessness.

Published 7 February 2018

Blog: Fuel poverty – It helps to have a sensible target to aim at….

In a new blog for the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) at Heriot-Watt University, Professor Glen Bramley reflects on the process of recommending a new definition of fuel poverty in Scotland.

Published 12 December 2017

New CIH guide makes case for exploring Housing First approach to tackling homelessness

A new publication from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) explores the concept of Housing First and the principles behind it and looks at how it is being put into practice across the UK and Ireland as a one of a range of approaches to tackling homelessness.

Published 21 November 2017