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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. This is in our DNA, we have collaborated on 'real world' solutions since our establishment as the world's first Mechanics Institute, in 1821.

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

Our world-class research delivers real results with far-reaching impact, as recognised in the current Research Excellence Framework, with 82% of our research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent. For research impact, Heriot-Watt is the top university in Scotland and 9th in the UK.

Impact is the evidence of research that has already made a difference - whether to people, policy or the world around us. Have a look at a selection of our impact case studies to see how we're changing lives.

Our research explainer below gives an overview of our many specialist areas or dip into our research bites for a taster of how we're changing lives.