Celebrating success

Our vibrant, forward-looking approach to higher education means there's always something to celebrate here at Heriot-Watt.

Our staff are integral to our success and we currently run several award schemes that recognise excellence in teaching and learning practices and reward involvement in the University's community:

Learning & Teaching Award

The Learning & Teaching Award recognises excellence in teaching at the University. It is awarded directly by the University and is presented at the annual graduation ceremony.

Learning & Teaching Oscars

The Learning & Teaching Oscars are awarded by Heriot-Watt University Student Association (HWUSA) and are supported by the National Union of Students (NUS) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA), who support Student Unions to deliver student-led teaching awards schemes across Scotland.

The award encourages students to vote for their favourite lecturer in a number of categories. It is seen as an opportunity for every student to reward those staff who have inspired, guided or aided the most over the academic year. Staff regard these awards highly, as they are awarded directly by the students.

The awards include:

  • Master/Mistress of Vision
  • Guiding Hand Award for Academic Mentor/Most Supportive Lecturer
  • Switched On Award for Most Engaging Lecturer
  • The Refreshing Award for Most Innovative Lecturer
  • The Thinkers Award for Most Challenging Lecturer
  • Support Staff for Admin or Technical Support
  • Graduates' Award 

Most Valued Teacher Award

The Most Valued Teacher awards reward the unsung heroes and heroines of teaching. Each School nominates the individual or small team whose work has had the most positive effect on their teaching throughout the year. Academics, technicians and administrative staff are all eligible for nomination and the winners are announced by the Principal at an informal gathering.

Spirit of Heriot-Watt Awards

The Spirit of Heriot-Watt Awards help us celebrate our staff who embody and live the values of the University. Our values set the standard for what we stand for, how we conduct ourselves as Heriot-Watt and how we communicate this to others, they are the building blocks of how we go about doing our work.

The awards ensure we acknowledge and celebrate those who bring to life these values in all that they do; ensuring that as a learning, living and working institution we don’t lose sight of our Spirit.

The Spirit of Heriot-Watt Awards is about recognising achievements and acknowledging the positive contribution our employees make to the University. Recognising staff members who ‘go the extra mile’ and make this a University to be proud of.