Watt Club Council
History of the Watt Club
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 150,000 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 (DAO), 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 49% 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 Strategy 2025, we have a laser 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.
This is an exciting time to join the Watt Club Council as we embark on a significant period of change, re-aligning the purpose and impact of the Council, modernising its structure and making it more accessible to our alumni community. We want to encourage alumni around the world to consider nominating themselves or former classmates – this is your opportunity to make a real difference.
If elected, you will work closely with a variety of stakeholders and members of University Court, to high profile alumni and the Development and Alumni Office (DAO). The three year terms will run from January 2023 until January 2026.
The nomination process opens Monday 3 October and will run until 17.00 (UK time) Monday 24 October 2022.
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 adhering to the Constitution whilst guiding the Club through any constitutional changes required to make the Club more effective in delivering the mission;
- ensuring that the Club’s Branches are run in accordance with its mission and the 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 encourages any graduate who is enthusiastic for the success of the University, motivated to achieve change, and who is keen to apply their skills and experience in ways that will add value to the work of the Council to consider standing for election.
The University and The Watt Club are committed to achieving greater diversity across the membership of the Council, recognising, for example, that women are currently 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.
To review all nominees and cast your vote please go to - https://elections.hwunion.com/. If you have any problems please email us at email@example.com
In 2015, The Watt Club and the University undertook a significant review and update of the club’s governance to provide a solid framework for the future success of the club. The core governance documents are given below:
Annual General Meeting
The president of The Watt Club is elected at the annual general meeting, for a non-renewable three-year term. For their period in office, the president is the senior graduate of the University.
Watt Club AGM 2022 papers
- Branch Reports 2022
- Watt Club Singapore - Now and Then
- Watt Club Singapore - 2022 Year End President Report
- Watt Club Zambia Report 2022
- Watt Club Zambia - Change of signatories
- Watt Club Zambia - Board Resolution