Heriot-Watt has been named as Scottish University of the Year 2011/12 in the Sunday Times University Guide.
The Award was made on the basis of Heriot-Watt's innovation, teaching excellence and research as well as first-rate facilities, the employability of the University's graduates and of recent successes in the National Student Survey (NSS).
The University has a fine record for innovation and relevant research and its graduates are highly regarded throughout the world.
Alastair McCall, Editor of The Sunday Times University Guide, said: "Students and employers alike have good reason to be thankful for Heriot-Watt, the hugely deserving winner of our Scottish University of the Year award. Although, the University's ranking of 31st in the UK and fourth in Scotland this year is an outstanding result, Heriot-Watt's contribution to Scotland and the wider world is far more long-standing and far-reaching.
"Excellent teaching, intelligent students and first-rate facilities are a potent mix. The University has a fine record for innovation and relevant research and its graduates are highly regarded throughout the world. Their appreciation of the institution where they study speaks volumes and is one we thoroughly endorse.
"Hard work and dedication"
...we will continue to work to improve our teaching, research and the student experience.
"Professor Steve Chapman, Principal of Heriot-Watt University, said, "This is a wonderful result for the University. It reflects the hard work and dedication of colleagues in all areas of university life, and, through their feedback to the NSS, the close working partnership with our students and their representatives.
"Everyone should feel a huge sense of pride in this achievement, but we will not rest on our laurels. I see this award as recognition that we are moving in the right direction and we will continue to work to improve our teaching, research and the student experience."