The Postgraduate Centre on Heriot-Watt University's Edinburgh Campus has been launched and the philanthropic donors who contributed to the construction recognised with a reception followed by a Leadership Lecture.
Cairn Energy Plc, the Wolfson Foundation, John Brydson and Dr Gavin Gemmell all provided generous support for the construction of the Postgraduate Centre, and its emphasis on entrepreneurship and vision are key to the continued involvement of the donors. Following the launch Sir Bill Gammell, Chief Executive of Cairn Energy PLC gave the Leadership lecture 'Winning: learning from failure'.
The Postgraduate Centre provides a state-of-the-art facility for the University's 1,500 strong postgraduate community, who come from 100 countries. It brings together postgraduate students from all areas of the University, encouraging the multi-disciplinary approach which is key to the success of Heriot-Watt.
The Centre houses a lecture theatre, seminar, study and social spaces for postgraduate taught and research students. Advanced video-conferencing facilities enable research and teaching interactions between those on-campus with collaborators and off-campus students at many partner institutions worldwide and a centre for outreach.