The Watt Club Council – Election of Office Bearers and Ordinary Members  

Founded in 1854, The Watt Club is the oldest graduates’ association in the UK.  

With every student automatically becoming a member of The Watt Club on graduation, we now have over 132,000 global, specialist, innovative, expert, connected alumni scattered across more than 190 countries! 

The Watt Club Council is the voluntary, elected body of alumni representatives and is charged with working with the University through the Development and Alumni Office, to keep our alumni community engaged. The Watt Club Council provides support and guidance to the University, and, crucially, is able to directly influence University strategy and activity.

Over the past three years, we’ve made great strides in modernising and revolutionising how we connect with our alumni community and deliver more of what they want. With over 31% of our alumni currently engaged with the University, we’re now examining and refreshing how we work together in order to increase the number of alumni we are connected to, improve the strength of those connections, and harness our combined power to positively impact the world.

Through the University’s recently launched Strategy 2025, we now have a strong focus on working together to help deliver on one of the strategy’s key themes – building flourishing communities – through a strong, energised and forward-looking Watt Club.

Voting is now open until 5pm on Friday 4 October 2019

You should have already received an email from the Heriot-Watt University Student Union containing a unique link to vote. Please cast your vote by Friday 4 October 2019. If you have not received your voting email please let us know at

Once elected, the new members will work closely with a variety of stakeholders ranging from Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard A. Williams and members of the University Court, to high-profile alumni, Watt Club branch chairs and committees from all over the world. The three-year terms will run from January 2020 until January 2023.

The current president, Norman Chipakupaku, and vice-president, Mike Ross, were elected at The Watt Club’s Annual General Meeting in October 2016 and will serve until 31 December 2019. 

Role of Council

The Watt Club Council meets four times a year and hosts a public annual general meeting, at which every alumnus is invited to participate and contribute.

Council duties include but are not limited to: 

  • ensuring that the club is run in accordance with its mission and its constitution; 
  • ensuring that the club’s branches are run in accordance with its mission and constitution; 
  • maintaining and administering the club and its funding in a suitable manner, accountable to members and the Court; 
  • communicating and promoting the club and its events; 
  • fostering a sense of belonging and positive opinion of graduates toward the University; 
  • maintaining and developing the club; 
  • promoting the club and its benefits to students; 
  • providing voluntary support to the University and acting as ambassadors of the University both internally and externally; 
  • representing the club at graduation ceremonies and other University events; 
  • promoting and carrying on the noble objective 'to sup in the memory of James Watt on his birthday'. 

Please note these are three separate positions with vacancies. Eligible members of The Watt Club can nominate for any position.

To be eligible to stand for election as president or vice-president, you must meet at least one of the following qualifications: 

  • Be a graduate of Heriot-Watt University (including honorary graduates) 
  • Hold a fellowship or an associateship of Heriot-Watt College 
  • Hold a diploma or a certificate awarded by the University 

Candidates for ordinary members of council may also be:  

  • An honorary graduate of the University; or 
  • Be a member of staff of the University, a former non-graduating student, or other person associated with the University who has been admitted to membership by the council by application or invitation. 
Diversity in Heriot-Watt

The University and The Watt Club are committed to achieving greater diversity across the membership of the council, recognising, for example, that women are under-represented. We recognise that governance is enhanced through diversity of membership as this ensures that the knowledge and experience brought to the council are broadly based. 

We encourage any graduate who is enthusiastic for the success of the University, motivated to achieve change, and keen to use their skills and experience in ways that will add value to the work of the council to consider standing for election.

Forms and Instructions

Nomination forms and further instructions are available here: 

Nomination forms must be completed in full and returned, with candidate statements and photographs, by 5pm (UK time) on Friday 13 September 2019. If there are more nominations than there are positions, an election(s) will be held.