Heriot-Watt has been ranked sixteenth of 125 UK universities in a league table which considers how much people earn five years after they graduate.
At Heriot-Watt we have always focused on subjects which have a major impact on the real-life global challenges facing economies and industry world-wide.
The new league table was drawn up by The Economist, and compares graduates' actual salaries with how much they would have been expected to earn on average regardless of which university they attended, in order to show the "added value" from the university they attended.
The Economist uses a statistical model that predicts wages based on the subjects studied, exam results at school, age, family income, private or state school and university location. The difference between predicted and actual earnings reflects the university's impact on graduate wages, according to the analysis. The Economist argues that their analysis measures how well each university performs compared to a notional "average" university, and is blind to prestige.
Professor Julian Jones, Vice-Principal of Heriot-Watt, said, “The compilers of this new table note that choice of subject can have a big impact on earnings. At Heriot-Watt we have always focused on subjects which have a major impact on the real-life global challenges facing economies and industry world-wide. We also ensure that entrepreneurialism is a key factor in all of our courses, creating graduates who are ready for the world of work and who are keenly sought after by employers.”