Heriot-Watt named as a top destination for fashion students

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New research names Heriot-Watt University as one of the best places in the UK to study fashion.

The University’s celebrated School of Textiles and Design, which counts British fashion icon Dame Vivienne Westwood among its Honorary Graduates, has taught garment manufacturer and fashion design from its Galashiels campus in the Scottish Borders for almost five decades.

Now, following the release of the latest A-Level results the beauty website, Cosmetify.com, has released a table of the top ten universities for fashion students in the UK, with Heriot-Watt finishing in second place.

The study analysed the Complete University Guide’s (CUG) top 50 universities that offer a fashion course by calculating a score for each based on their ranking, the average yearly salary in their respective city and the number of registered fashion businesses in the city. 

It found Heriot-Watt achieved one of the highest average yearly salaries with graduates earning £25,968. In addition, 80% of its fashion students successfully found employment within 15-months of completing their studies.

Welcoming the research is Professor Fiona Waldron, Head of School at the Heriot Watt School of Textiles and Design, who said: “We have worked exceptionally hard to maintain the high standards of learning and teaching delivered at the School of Textiles and Design, and I’m delighted that this has been recognised in this latest study.

“We look forward to welcoming more students in the future who want to carve out a career in the rapidly changing fashion industry and giving them the tools they need to become a success.”

The Cosmetify.com rankings table, released this week, comes as Heriot-Watt celebrates the 200th anniversary of its founding in Scotland.



Craig McManamon

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