Heriot Watt is one of the UK’s leading universities for business and industry with a reputation for innovative education, enterprise, leading edge and applied research.
• A leading research institution
• Extensive business and industry collaboration
• Scotland’s most international university
• Developing leadership and delivering a distinctive education
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranked Heriot-Watt 22nd in the UK, with 82% of their research ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent. For research impact, Heriot Watt ranked 9th university in the UK and 1st in Scotland.


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Over 80% of the academic staff are currently engaged in research at internationally recognized levels, allowing Heriot-Watt to deliver research impact as diverse as providing greater equality for deaf people, helping to manage risk in the insurance industry and enhancing oil extraction from the North Sea.
Heriot Watt plays a leading role in research pooling which has enabled them to create and participate in a range of internationally pre-eminent centres.
The University’s Research Park was the first of its kind in Europe, providing direct access to our expertise for a range of companies based there.