Heriot-Watt University was founded in 1821 as the Edinburgh School of Arts (the world’s first Mechanics Institute), a college for working people. It became a university in 1966, and has close links with industry, commerce and the professions.
Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK – Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders, where textile courses are taught, and Orkney – and campuses in Dubai and Malaysia.
Courses and Specialisms
Over 400 courses are taught through six academic schools:
The university has over 11,000 students on its UK campuses, There are however over 30,000 students studying globally including 3,700 students at the Dubai campus.
According to HESA, 93.8% of students went into employment or further study within six months after graduating in 2014/15.
Facilities and Services
The main campus is set in the Edinburgh suburb of Riccarton. The National Performance Centre for Sports (NPCS), a joint venture in conjunction with the City of Edinburgh Council, is located here. The £33 million state-of-the-art facility has indoor and outdoor football pitches, rugby pitches, sports hall, climbing wall, squash courts, fitness suite and excellent facilities for sports science and medicine students.
The Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels specialises in textiles, fashion and design. Courses are offered in conjunction with Glasgow Clyde College and there is also a partnership with Borders College delivering higher and further education, and sharing new campus facilities.
The Orkney Campus in Stromness is the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) and offers postgraduate courses in renewable energy and marine resources.
The Dubai Campus is a recently purpose built campus approximately 25 minutes outside the centre of Dubai. It offers excellent facilities including a well equipped library, IT and audio-visual facilities, a 700-seat auditorium and student apartments situated close to shops and local amenities.
The Malaysian Campus is the country’s first ‘green campus’ and offers degrees in science, engineering and business. The choice of courses will continue to grow. Situated in the stunning lakeside city of Putrajaya, it has state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities and express links to Kuala Lumpur.
Heriot-Watt University is ranked 2nd in the UK for Building (The Complete University Guide Subejct Tables 2018).
It is also in the top 20 universities in the UK and 4th in Scotland in the Guardian University League Table 2017.
Courtesy of Heriot-Watt University