Our success stories

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We are one of the leading UK universities in developing links between industry and academia, working closely with partners including Interface, the East of Scotland KTP Centre and Scottish Enterprise to match our expertise to business needs. For Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) we are:

Read more about the impact of our collaborations in innovation and industry.


The Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-based Production Processes opens the door for UK industry to a diverse range of new laser-based production processes and technologies, through a multi-disciplinary team of leading UK researchers and key industry partners. Read more about the work of the CIM-Laser Centre and our strategic alliance with Renishaw.

Reducing environmental impact

Tapping into the expertise and knowledge base at Heriot-Watt, this project sought to identify and implement a means of reducing the environmental impact of Caledonian Aerotech’s cleaning process, improve its effectiveness and realise large cost savings. Find out more about our collaboration with Caledonian Aerotech.

Interface Food and Drink

Heriot-Watt is a partner in the Interface Food and Drink research network, designed to meet the research and innovation needs of Scottish food and drink companies. The network is a partnership of 17 Scottish universities and Interface Food & Drink, funded by partners including the Scottish Funding Council, trade associations and Scotland Food and Drink with contributions from companies and universities. 

Read more about our partnerships through Interface Food and Drink.

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