Ruvimbo Hungwe

Ruvimbo Hungwe from Zimbabwe is studying her Biological Sciences (Microbiology) BSc at the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

What appealed to you most about Heriot-Watt University?

James Watt was the founding father of industrial revolution. The name Watt in itself represents energy that has become part of our day-to-day life, which made me eager to be part of an institution named after him. Heriot-Watt University ranked 9th in the whole of the UK by the Research Excellence Framework in 2014, which was about the time I enrolled. Heriot-Watt was awarded for having the most impact in research, with 82% of the research ranked world-class. At the time I applied the University was working on a 3D printer with the use of stem cells in order to print organs and stop animal testing – how cool is that?!

What would you say to a prospective student considering Heriot-Watt as their first choice of university?

If you are already considering Heriot-Watt you are on the right path. It is in the heart of Edinburgh, which is the most culturally rich city in the UK. The campus itself is beautiful and breathtaking, with green everywhere you look, it’s like a garden on its own – a perfect environment for any student. The one thing that I noticed and I think any student will be happy to know is that the lecturers go above and beyond to make sure concepts or assignments are understood or where extra help is needed. The teaching is research-based making it more practical and less theoretical. University for most of us is a place where we grow and discover ourselves and Heriot-Watt is the place for this because of its nice community atmosphere. I’m happy to say you won’t be disappointed if you pick Heriot-Watt University to be your home away from home.