Shortlist announced for 2018 Guardian University Awards



Two Heriot-Watt University projects have been shortlisted in the prestigious 2018 Guardian University Awards, recognising our commitment to research impact and business collaboration. 

The first project, 'Establishing the Edinburgh super-resolution imaging consortium (ESRIC)', is shortlisted in the Research Impact category. 

Integrating the engineering and physical science expertise of Heriot-Watt University with the biomedical capability of the University of Edinburgh, ESRIC takes an interdisciplinary approach to addressing global health challenges. 

Founded to accelerate discovery, encourage international collaboration and inspire future generations, ESRIC's results already include a new diagnostic for cataract, a major cause of blindness globally, an internationally renowned summer school and outreach work spanning more than 9,000 teachers, pupils and members of the public.

In the Business Collaboration category, the Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets (ORCA) Hub brings together five leading academic institutions with over 30 industrial and innovation partners in a collaborative project on an unprecedented scale. 

The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, a partnership between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh, leads the project to advance robotics and Artificial Intelligence technologies for the inspection, repair, maintenance and certification of offshore energy platforms and assets.

ORCA is enhancing the feasibility of large-scale monitoring of subsea assets such as cables, seabed structures and marine energy devices. The offshore energy industry, at all points of the supply and delivery chain, both subsea or topside, can now access globally-leading research that is conducted specifically to solve the industry's existing and emerging challenges.  

The winners of this year's Guardian University Awards will be announced on 24th April 2018.