Heriot Watt University is one of the UK’s leading universities for business and industry with a reputation for innovative education, enterprise and leading edge, applied research.
- A leading research institution
- Extensive business and industry collaboration
- Providing solutions and sharing expertise
- Scotland’s most international university
- Developing leadership and delivering a distinctive education.
A leading research institution
Heriot-Watt is recognised internationally as a centre for high calibre research in science, engineering and business. We’ve been rated as a leading research institution by the RAE, the national review body, and are now in the top 35 universities in the UK for our research.
We continue to attract significant research funding year on year and nearly 90% of our academic staff are involved in research activity.
In addition, we play a leading role in research pooling which has enabled us to create and participate in a range of internationally pre-eminent centres.
Our Research Park was the first of its kind in Europe, providing direct access to our expertise for a range of companies based there.
Extensive business and industry collaboration
Collaborations with business and industry are at the heart of Heriot-Watt.
We have established a number of partnerships across a range of sectors including strategic alliances with key companies such as Cairn Energy and Renishaw plc. Research collaborations exist with over 25 countries around the world.
We have also developed centres of expertise to support business development, including the Scottish Manufacturing Institute and the International Centre for Brewing & Distilling.
Our Heriot-Watt Working with Industry is a £6.5million project to transfer knowledge and expertise to Scottish businesses to benefit the wider economy. It provides a network of academic expertise, promoting business interactions and income generating partnerships and facilitates cross-disciplinary collaborations.
Providing solutions and sharing expertise
Heriot-Watt’s heritage is rooted in providing solutions, both to the challenges of the day and in delivering relevant education to students.
We are world renowned in areas as varied as petroleum engineering, actuarial and financial mathematics, photonics, translating and interpreting, logistics and business education. Our focus is on responding to changing needs and contributing to the key issues facing modern society.
Sharing expertise is a defining characteristic of Heriot-Watt and we participate significantly in the Knowledge Transfer Partnership UK which helps businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity. We engage in a wide range of knowledge exchange activity and our teaching and learning is informed by our cutting edge research.
Scotland’s most international university
Our partnerships around the world reflect our commitment to providing global access for all to high quality learning.
We have an unsurpassed international in-country presence, delivering degree programmes to 11,800 students in 150 countries around the world. We do this via distance learning programmes and our innovative Approved Learning Partner network which comprises 43 institutions in 35 countries.
We were the first UK university to create an overseas campus in the Dubai International Academic City where we educate students from across the Gulf and beyond, providing a range of courses specifically tailored to match the demands of the UAE’s employment market.
Our first premises in Malaysia opened to students in the early part of 2013 and our new purpose-build campus opened in Putrajaya in September 2014. This brings high quality British education within easy reach of both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the South East Asia region and beyond.
We also have the largest international student cohort in Scotland with about one third of our students coming from countries outside the UK.
Developing leadership and delivering a distinctive education
Heriot-Watt’s distinctive brand of learning and teaching nurtures leadership. Our aim is to develop the leaders of tomorrow, equipping our graduates with the skills to achieve their ambitions and perform at a high level.
Our degrees are career focused and relevant to the needs of business and industry, which is why employers actively seek out our graduates. We ensure transferable skills are embedded in our specialist degrees and offer integrated work experience and placements to enhance students’ learning.
The same high calibre staff are responsible for both education and research, so our teaching is informed by the latest research and uses research methods as a style of learning.
Heriot-Watt now provides more graduates per year across the physical sciences, mathematics, engineering and the built environment than any other Scottish university.