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Expert review group publishes landmark report into homelessness prevention

Ambitious new measures aimed at widening responsibility for homelessness prevention could stop people from losing their homes and make Scotland a world leader in ending homelessness, according to a new report from an independent group of experts.

Published 18 February 2021

England: £310m committed to homelessness as pressure mounts for Housing First roll-out

The UK Government has pledged to support local authorities in England with additional funding to prevent vulnerable people becoming homeless, amid new figures that the number of children living in temporary accommodation has risen by more than 75% since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.

Published 22 December 2020

Professor Glen Bramley: Can Edinburgh build its way out of poverty?

In a guest blog for the Edinburgh Poverty Commission, Professor Glen Bramley from the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research at Heriot-Watt University, writes that there is no pathway to ending poverty in Edinburgh without resolving the city’s housing and homelessness crisis.

Published 7 December 2020

Homeless Network Scotland's Claire Frew named Honorary Research Fellow at Heriot Watt University

Claire Frew, policy & impact manager at Homeless Network Scotland, has been awarded the title of Honorary Research Fellow by Heriot Watt University’s Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE).

Published 13 November 2020

England: True number of rough sleepers could be 'far higher' than government figures

The number of people sleeping rough in England during the COVID-19 health crisis could be three to four times higher than official UK Government figures, according to a professor of urban studies at Heriot-Watt University.

Published 26 August 2020

Kingdom extends Heriot-Watt University partnership

Mike Hargreaves and Kirsty Stott from Kingdom Housing Association are about to embark on a BSc in Construction and The Built Environment - due to their previous qualifications and experience.

Published 7 August 2020

I-SPHERE gains royal award for groundbreaking research into homeless and destitute people

An internationally renowned award has been presented to a research group whose work prompted a step-change in the UK Government’s approach to extreme disadvantage. 

Published 21 February 2020

Heriot-Watt spin-out company launches recycled brick on The One Show

A building brick made from 90% recycled construction and demolition waste has been launched by a spin-out company from Heriot-Watt University.

Published 8 January 2020

Heriot-Watt's I-SPHERE wins UK's highest honour in higher education

Heriot-Watt University has been announced as a recipient of a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of the work of its Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE), an institute that has brought new impetus to UK and international efforts to address extreme forms of disadvantage.

Published 22 November 2019

Heriot-Watt named finalist in international solar powered house competition

A team from Heriot-Watt University has reached the final of an international competition to build a solar-powered house.

Published 23 October 2019

Researchers investigate impact of alcohol price law on homeless people

Academics are to investigate the impact of the alcohol minimum unit pricing law on homeless drinkers.

Published 24 September 2019

Textiles student designs clothing range to aid rough sleepers

A master's student at the Heriot-Watt School of Textiles and Design has designed a clothing range to help people sleeping rough. 

Published 21 August 2019

One in 28 Scots suffer from extreme disadvantage each year

Extreme disadvantage such as homelessness and substance dependency is experienced by one in 28 adults in Scotland each year, according to new research.

Published 24 June 2019

#HousingFirstScot: Why does Housing First work?

Prof. Sarah Johnsen from Heriot-Watt University describes four key ingredients that make Housing First work.

Published 17 May 2019

New 3,600-home village planned for west of Edinburgh

Plans have been unveiled for a new village with 3,600 homes on a swathe of land surrounding Heriot-Watt University in the west of Edinburgh.

Published 4 April 2019