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.
Norway lobsters' secret love of jellyfish has been caught on camera for the first time, raising questions about whether jellyfish blooms are pests or potential food sources for the commercial fishing industry.
A life scientist from the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society is investigating whether technology can be combined with the ancient tracking skills of Namibian hunter-gatherers to help save the cheetah ...
Upside Energy and Heriot-Watt University have been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) grant by Innovate UK to maximise the opportunities presented by the emerging energy demand response market.
A research team led by a Heriot-Watt scientist has shown that the universe is even weirder than had previously been thought.
Professor Glen Bramley and colleagues at Heriot-Watt were key contributors to a new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation demonstrating that dealing with the effects of poverty costs the UK £78 billion a year, £1,200 ...
Researchers assess the atmospheric absorption of higher frequency waves from a geostationary satellite
Heriot-Watt University is the only site in Scotland participating in satellite data collection as part of a landmark five-year experiment with NASA and the European Space Authority (ESA).
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 ...
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.
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.
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.