Last night Heriot-Watt received the Herald Higher Education Award for ‘Campaign of the Year’ for our Year of Robotics 2017.

Involving academics, professional services and students from all five campuses, Year of Robotics allowed Heriot-Watt to communicate the University’s world-leading expertise to a global audience. 

The campaign reached more than 25 million people through media coverage, most notably with Pepper the robot on Blue Peter. In addition, 13,000 members of the public were engaged with, face-to-face, 1,800 school pupils visited Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh Campus and over 40 MSPs, MPs and peers interacted with robots in person.

The campaign also supported several major funding successes including the launch of the ORCA hub, a finalist for the Partnership Award.

Dr Laura Wicks, Public Engagement lead, said: “Thanks to all who contributed to this massive effort. It’s really great to have this recognition outside the University – we were up against strong competition from other universities in Scotland so it’s amazing to win.”