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.
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.
Scientists unlocking oil reserves in the North Sea
Heriot-Watt researchers are a step closer to maximising oil reserves from the North Sea by developing methods that can more cleanly and cheaply extract valuable remaining oil from existing fields.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Eco-villagers prepare for next stage of green energy research project
A consortium of researchers led by Heriot-Watt University has been awarded 2.8 million Euros (£2.3 million) to develop a 'smart energy hub' which will attempt to synchronise the demand for energy within ...
Empty freight runs waste millions of pounds and cost the earth
Road freight operators could save millions of pounds and significantly reduce carbon emissions by improving their operations, according to recent research involving Heriot-Watt University.
Payment protection for the deep sea
A Heriot-Watt biologist is among a team of environmental economists, policy developers and biologists who have called for formal governance to detail how to pay for the restoration and protection of deep-sea ...
Exciting finds in Scottish underwater surveys
What has been described as the 'UK's biggest and best known example' of an unusual marine habitat has been found in a Scottish loch during surveys carried out by scientists from Heriot-Watt, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) ...
Scapa Flow reveals rare sighting of Flame Shell molluscs
Led by Dr Joanne Porter of Heriot-Watt University, 12 divers from Seasearch, the volunteer dive project co-ordinated by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) were diving in Orkney from the MV Halton, skippered ...
Study shows almost one in ten people have been homeless in England
Nine per cent of adults in England have experienced homelessness at some point in their life, new research from a team led by Heriot-Watt researchers has revealed.