Going behind the scenes at GRID



Dr Gill Murray, Deputy Principal for Enterprise and Business, led the GRID tours in July

GRID at Heriot-Watt opened its doors for exclusive behind the scenes tours this month.

The facility, which focusses on global research, innovation and discovery (GRID) establishes an ecosystem where students and staff can collaborate with industry to commercialise research excellence.

In recent weeks, GRID at Heriot-Watt has been furnished with laser-cutting machinery, 3D printers and a large digital wall display to bring the state-of-the-art facility to life.

A series of GRID tours were held to showcase this new technology before students undertake engineering and physical science, mathematics and computer science at the facility in September. 

Earlier this month, HRH The Duke of York became the first official member of the British royal family to visit GRID at Heriot-Watt. HRH Prince Andrew, who can recall reviewing the building's architectural plans, returned to Heriot-Watt to view the facilities first-hand and spend time with the University's entrepreneurs.

A series of GRID tours were also held as part of a 'Let's See' staff initiative. GRID at Heriot-Watt has generated interest among staff who followed the building's construction since December 2017.

Over 50 staff from across the Edinburgh campus joined the tours to experience the immersive technology in the Imagineering Suite and learn how the facility will strengthen partnerships between the University and industry.

Did you miss out? To arrange your own behind the scenes tour, email: grid@hw.ac.uk