Heriot Watt University-Edinburgh

Heriot Watt University-Edinburgh

From a pioneering institute born out of the Scottish Enlightenment, today we are shaping the world, a global university, a leader in transnational education. Echoing our founding principles of tailoring our curriculum to the needs of modern society, we are a powerful driver of the economy wherever we are in the world. In all of our communities we create a distinct university experience, a springboard for an international career.

We are proud that since our foundation in 1821, we have been outward looking pioneers of education, in pursuit of knowledge to the benefit of society and the world. Read the story of Heriot-Watt University:

Our professional services are encompassed by a number of directorates, covering areas such as: research, enterprise, information, finance, registry, people and governance.

Our ambition is to place Heriot-Watt University at the forefront of research and research-led education in the UK and internationally. Our stimulating environment creates inspiration for leading edge solutions which make a difference in the real world. From cameras that can see through walls to smart rocks and advanced robotics, our pioneering researchers deliver results with far-reaching impact for society.

As a learning, living and working institution, we use our values as the building blocks of how we go about our work and how we conduct ourselves. Our values represent what binds us together as a global community and help us to become the best at what we do. It’s key that all our employees feel part of the University’s achievements, and our values provide your link to our success. Our University values are a major vehicle for delivering equality and diversity. Our values make sure that wherever you are based, at any of our campuses, you are aware of the distinctive ‘Spirit of Heriot-Watt.’

We know career development is important to you and is also vital to the success of the University. As an employee, you’ll be supported in developing your skills, knowledge and qualifications through our varied career development programme. Our remission of fees scheme enables your spouse/civil partner and children to study a Heriot-Watt University educational programme at no cost.

We hold the Athena SWAN bronze award which recognises our commitment to advancing careers of women in Higher Education and research, acknowledging that academia cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of all.


  • Heriot-Watt University (Scottish Gaelic: Oilthigh Heriot-Watt) is a public research university based in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was established in 1821 as the School of Arts of Edinburgh, the world's first mechanics' institute, and subsequently granted university status by royal charter in 1966.
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  • Institute Country: UK
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