Staff contribution during pandemic to be recognised by Heriot-Watt as part of Celebration Week



Celebration Week 2022

Heriot-Watt University's annual Celebration Week makes a welcome return in June.

This is the first time in two years the popular event will be held in person across the University's global campuses following an easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

The Week celebrates the achievements of staff, students and alumni from across the University's globally connected community.

As in previous years, a packed week of activities are lined-up that are open to staff, students, alumni and the public.

This includes a new outreach program designed to break down barriers and encourage school children in the Edinburgh area to study STEM subjects. Pupils will learn about the very latest developments in AI and robotic technology as well as meet robotic scientists and engineers working at the University. There will also be a poignant tree planting ceremony held within the campus grounds in recognition of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and the University's close links with the Armed Forces, and awards handed out to staff who made an invaluable contribution throughout the pandemic.

Among the activities planned for colleagues in Malaysia is the chance to attend a professional photoshoot to mark 10 years since Heriot-Watt opened its campus in Putrajaya.

And to help de-stress staff and students in Dubai, head and shoulder massages will be made available amidst a busy programme of events!

Bringing the curtain down on the Week is the ever-popular Community Family Friendly Fun Day, which returns to the Edinburgh campus on Saturday June 18. Inflatables for kids, guided campus tours, stalls and a raft of other activities means there will be something for everyone. More information on how to attend can be found on the Heriot-Watt website.

Professor Richard A. Williams, Principal and Vice-Chancellor at Heriot-Watt University, said: “Celebration Week is an occasion I take great pride in but this year's event really does hold added sentiment.

“It is a chance for colleagues, some of whom have never met face-to-face before because of the pandemic, to come together and show appreciation for one another during what has been a hugely testing period. Recognising the contribution of our staff is a key element of our Strategy 2025 and central to our objective of strengthening our community.

“And of course, this year's event brings the curtain down on the University's historic bicentenary celebrations, which has been an incredible milestone for us to recognise.

“As we reflected and celebrated our founding roots in Scotland, we now look to the future. We remain committed to delivering the highest standards of learning and teaching for our students as well as using our scientific research to influence policymakers and benefit communities around the world through meaningful, positive change.”

To find out more about Celebration Week events on social media follow #HWCelebrationWeek


Craig McManamon

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