Professor Scott Arthur

Job title
Dean of the University

External appointments

  • City of Edinburgh Councillor (Colinton, Oxgangs and Fairmilehead)
  • Non-executive director of Spartans Community Football Academy
  • Member of the Joint Board of Moderators
  • Member (and former Chair) of the Association of Civil Engineering Departments


  • 1996: PhD in Sediment Transport in Sewers, University of Abertay

Career history

  • 1992-1996: Research Associate, University of Abertay
  • 1996-2000: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Heriot-Watt University
  • 2000-2011: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Heriot-Watt University
  • 2011-2016: Civil Engineering Director of Studies, Heriot-Watt University
  • 2017-present: Dean, Heriot-Watt University

Areas of research

  • My research essentially comprises work on all aspects of drainage systems from roof systems to large sewer networks and watercourses

Interests and hobbies

  • Politics
  • Running
  • Cycling
  • I am still trying to solve my Rubik’s Cube