Sun shines on 50th anniversary celebrations

What a glorious afternoon we had on Saturday 4 June celebrating the 50th anniversary of the award of the Royal Charter and the award of the Queens’s Anniversary prize for research at the Principal's garden party.  It was a tremendous event and the sunshine added an extra sparkle to it all.

I thought the event was a great success with so many hundreds of staff and family turning up. The day had a real community feel to it and it reinforces again what a great team we have at Heriot-Watt. Sincere thanks to everyone who made the day happen, well done and congratulations!
Professor Richard A Williams

Around 800 people came along to enjoy the festivities and explore the University’s beautiful grounds. There was afternoon tea and a celebratory glass or two of fizz served in the marquee, our terrific jazz band played all afternoon and balloon modellers and face painters kept the kids happy not to mention the ice cream, popcorn, bouncy castles and inflatable slides.

The Innovation Zone offered hands on experience of the great work being done across the University in our different Schools and departments.

Croquet in the sunken garden proved a great hit along with all the different sports on offer in the Sports Centre and not forgetting the treasure trail which ended with the discovery of a chest of gold chocolate coins in the museum!

It really was an event enjoyed by young and old alike in equal measure and offered something for everyone. Thanks to the teams across the University who made it all happen and for Heriot-Watt Engage for putting together the Innovation Zone in James Watt Centre.