Heriot-Watt sets its sights on Scotland’s economic future



Senior figures from Heriot-Watt University attended the Scottish Council for Development and Industry Forum, today.

The 47th annual Forum brought together the public, private and social economy sectors to look at Scotland's economic future.

Academics from Heriot-Watt met with other organisations at the event, including educational institutions and officials from the Scottish Government.

A highlight of the conference was First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon's keynote speech.

During the two-day conference, Dr Gillian Murray, Deputy Principal of Enterprise and Business is due to address an audience of senior industry officials on the university's global ambitions to support economic growth in Scotland through new research and innovation strategies.

Dr Gillian Murray said: “We were delighted to sponsor this high-level Forum and showcase our ideas on how we can work with business to support the First Minister's ambition to be the producers and inventors of innovations in the future, rather than just the consumer.

“As a truly global organisation, we contribute significantly to Scotland's Economic Strategy and this will give us the opportunity to share our bold ambitions with key leaders and influencers, whilst directly listening to the needs of the business community to shape our future direction.

“As a nation of pioneers, Scotland is well positioned to build on its exciting innovative businesses and world class global universities to drive economic growth and new exciting opportunities.”