The Heriot-Watt community is driving a spirit of ambition to be at the forefront of new ideas and solutions to create radical innovations that make a difference in the real world.

Professor Richard A. Williams, Principal and Vice-Chancellor

We are a world-class, research-led university with a drive to create and apply knowledge for economic and societal benefit. 

The REF 2014 assessed Heriot-Watt top in Scotland and 9th university in the UK for research impact, with 82% of our research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

In 2016 we achieved our highest ever levels of research funding at £40.6 million. We also launched the £20 million Lyell Centre with the British Geological Survey, combining our combined expertise into one of Europe's leading centres for earth and marine sciences.

Our pioneering research is driven by leaders in their field, our global pioneers in research and innovation who are crossing frontiers in addressing global challenges.