Heriot-Watt University has risen in the latest Guardian League Table for UK Universities.



In new figures released on Saturday, 5 September, the University came joint 35th out of 121 institutions – a significant rise from 61st place from last year - while its overall position in Scotland has been maintained in 8th place.

This year we are ranked 1st in Scotland for Building and Town & Country Planning - up from 2nd last year.  

We are also 2nd in Scotland for four subjects: Chemistry, Engineering-Chemical, Engineering-Electronic & Electrical and Engineering-Mechanical.

We have seen positive improvements in our UK ranking for 11 of our 17 subjects since last year, most notably Computer Science & Information Systems (up 45 to 20th of 109), Biosciences (up 33 to 61st of 105), Accounting & Finance (up 22 to 25th of 98), Engineering-Electronic & Electrical (up 20 to 16th of 60).

In terms of the individual measures, Heriot-Watt has seen sizeable improvements in our Overall NSS ranking (up 51 to 31st), NSS Teaching (up 27 to 71st), and Career Prospects (up 15 to 31st).  

In addition, we continue to perform strongly across the board for Spend per Student - in the top 10 for 11 of our subjects, and 10th in the UK overall.  For Entry Tariff we are ranked 16th in the UK. 

Welcoming the results is Professor Richard A. Williams, Principal and Vice-Chancellor at Heriot-Watt University, who said: “We are delighted at the University’s significant rise to joint 35th place and positive improvements in our subjects - particularly Building and Town & Country Planning and Engineering.

“The league table acknowledges not only our high quality learning and teaching programmes but also our remarkable foundation of scholars, academic leaders and students who are all dedicated to their subjects. 

“Our continued success in league tables reflects our passion for pioneering learning which helps us to produce graduates with the necessary skills and attributes to succeed.”

The published tables and further information can be found online


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