Heriot-Watt University is a teaching and research university based in Edinburgh, established in 1821 as the world's first Mechanics' Institute. The eighth oldest higher education institution in the United Kingdom, it has been a university by Royal Charter since 1966. It has branch campuses in the Scottish Borders, Orkney and Dubai, and announced plans to open a campus in Malaysia in November 2011. Heriot-Watt is known for the strong prospects of its students, with 80% in graduate-level jobs six months after leaving the institution. It came 29th in the UK in the 2011 National Student Survey, and saw the largest increase in UK applicants of any UK university for the 2013 academic session. It also has a strong research profile, with over 50% of its submitted research results considered internationally excellent in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. In 2011, Heriot-Watt was named as the Sunday Times Scottish University of the Year 2011-2012, with the paper emphasising the employability of the institution's graduates. In 2012 it was ranked 5th in Scotland by the Complete University Guide and 20th in the United Kingdom by the Guardian University League Table.
Study to use Google data search analytics to understand marine networks
Scientists at Heriot-Watt University will use the kind of computing algorithms more commonly associated with Google search engines to uncover and record the complex relationships which exist across Scotland's Marine Protected ...
Research predicts how the squirrelpox virus could spread in grey squirrel populations
New research involving a Heriot-Watt scientist predicts how the squirrelpox virus could spread in grey squirrel populations in Scotland, and will be useful in planning how best to protect red squirrels.
Overly polite drivers, not roadworks, cause traffic jams
British motorists who are too polite or timid in their driving style are the cause of lengthy traffic jams across the UK, particularly when faced with roadworks or lane closures, according to a leading Heriot-Watt research ...
New corals discovered on UKs highest underwater mountain
Heriot-Watt scientists have discovered new populations of deep-sea corals growing on the slopes of the UK's highest underwater mountain, a site recently added to the list of Scotland's new Marine Protected Areas.
Research proves there is power in numbers to reduce electricity bills
Consumers can save money on their electricity bills and negotiate better deals by joining forces with similar groups of customers to switch energy suppliers according to new research.
Detecting toxic hazards in a split second
A portable laser device is being developed at Heriot-Watt that can instantly identify chemical hazards, increasing the safety of emergency services and military personnel.
New device will find carcinogenic food fungus faster
One of the food industry's major recurring challenges, detecting highly carcinogenic toxins that occur naturally in our most common crops, could soon be solved by groundbreaking research that exploits aflatoxins' fluorescent ...
Fusion in cold-water corals
Cold-water corals growing in the seas around Scotland and northern Europe have developed an ingenious way of overcoming their environmental challenges to grow into large-scale reefs, according to Heriot-Watt scientists.
Microscope camera to shed light how living cells behave
A powerful camera is being developed that will enable scientists to examine living cells in unprecedented detail.
The secret to safer drinking water could lie with 'non stick' organic compounds
Scientists are testing the 'stickiness' of hundreds of organic compounds to improve the detection of the microscopic water bugs that cause millions of cases of vomiting and diarrhoea each year.