Heriot-Watt University (HWU) is one of the UK’s leading universities for business and industry and has a reputation for innovative education, enterprise and leading edge research in science, business, engineering and design. Heriot-Watt has been named as Scottish University of the Year 2011/12 in the Sunday Times University Guide.
The Award was made on the basis of Heriot-Watt’s innovation, teaching excellence and research as well as first-rate facilities, the employability of the University’s graduates and of recent successes in the National Student Survey (NSS), Improved results in the National Student Survey (NSS), excellent graduate employment statistics and first-rate facilities all contribute to the Sunday Times University Guide award.
Heriot-Watt graduates are very employable. Over 92% of Heriot-Watt graduates are in full-time employment or further study within 6 months of graduation, with approximately 75% of those going straight into graduate-level jobs. That’s because the University has first-class links to industry and an award-winning Careers Advisory Service that is focused on getting graduates into work. HWU moved up in both the league table ratings (NSS & Guardian) during 2011/12
Heriot Watt University ratings as per Guardian University Guide League table 2012
Heriot-Watt moved up the Guardian University Guide 2012 league table to 27th out of 119 UK institutions.
The 2012 Guardian rankings released, assessed 119 Universities in UK on factors such as teaching quality, spending per student, staff-student ratio and career prospects. Heriot Watt’s overall position in the ranking has risen from 32nd in 2010/11 to 27th in 2011/2012.
The Guide, which also ranks universities by subject, placed Heriot Watt:
-2nd in the UK for Chemistry,
-4th for Economics,
-5th for Psychology,
-11th for Chemical Engineering,
-13th for Mechanical Engineering, and
-16th in the UK for Business and Management related programmes
Heriot-Watt’s Chemistry and Economics degrees have been ranked No.1 in Scotland by the Guardian newspaper university league table. Psychology and Art & Design were rated 2nd in Scotland.
Heriot Watt University ratings as per National Student Survey (NSS) 2011
Heriot-Watt also moved up the student survey ladder this year. Students at Heriot-Watt are very satisfied with their courses. Heriot-Watt has considerably improved its position to 29th out of 120 UK universities in the 2011 National Student Survey (NSS), up from 47th last year. Chemical Engineering at Heriot-Watt came top in the UK, with Chemistry second and Civil Engineering fourth. Each of these, along with Psychology were top in Scotland, and in all, nine subject areas were ranked in the top ten UK-wide.
This is great news for students who choose to study at the Heriot-Watt University International Approved Learning Partners. The Undergraduate Certificate in Engineering leads to a degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or Civil Engineering, whilst the Undergraduate Certificate in Business and Management leads to a BSc Psychology or BSc Psychology and Management.
This year the NSS also included a new weighted comparison of universities’ ratings for Overall Satisfaction with what would be expected of different institutions in terms of their subject mix and the composition of their student bodies, areas which affect NSS results. Under this new system Heriot-Watt outperforms its benchmark by four percentage, coming joint second in Scotland and joint twelfth in the UK.
Meanwhile another recent league table, the Independent’s Complete University Guide ranked Heriot-Watt’s Art & Design and Mathematics programmes 2nd in Scotland. Heriot-Watt was rated 4th in Scotland as per Independent’s Complete University Guide
“Hard work and dedication”
Professor Steve Chapman, Principal of Heriot-Watt University, said, “This is a wonderful result for the University. It reflects the hard work and dedication of colleagues in all areas of university life, and, through their feedback to the NSS, the close working partnership with our students and their representatives.
“Everyone should feel a huge sense of pride in this achievement, but we will not rest on our laurels. I see this award as recognition that we are moving in the right direction and we will continue to work to improve our teaching, research and the student experience.”
.“I am delighted with the outcome of this year’s survey. Not only have we seen considerable improvement in Heriot-Watt’s rating, but to have these based on such a high student participation rate means we can be sure that these positive results represent a real strength of feeling among our students.
“This excellent outcome reflects the hard work and dedication of our staff in all areas of University life, and also reflects the positive partnerships we have with students and their representatives. Everyone should feel a sense of pride in our achievement”
Heriot-Watt University’s international strategy is an integral part of its overall strategy and vision, Focus on the Future
“Our global strategy is consistent with the philosophy of facilitating lifelong learning and access that was championed by our founders. Over the next ten years, the University will extend the availability of a Heriot-Watt education through the development of further overseas campuses and the development of its global partner network. We will continue to be recognized and valued for the quality and relevance of our research collaborations and academic programmes, delivered through our international campuses, our academic partners or accessed by independent learners.”
Heriot Watt University- Home to Europe’s first Research Park
Heriot-Watt University is internationally renowned for its innovative education, enterprise and leading-edge research. With campuses in Scotland and Dubai and 17,000 students in 150 countries registered on its courses. Home to Europe’s first Research Park, with a current turnover of over £70 million, the Park provides the best possible location for companies to undertake the development of new products, processes and services, with access to the services and facilities of the University.
Heriot-Watt is often referred to as Scotlands international University, with a third of on-campus students in Scotland coming from out with the UK. In recent years, Heriot-Watt has continued to achieve steady growth in the number of international students studying at Scottish campuses and notably growth was at 20% in the last two years. This has resulted in the University now being amongst the most successful UK Higher Education Institutions in attracting international students, now worth 20% of overall institutional income and in the region of £30 million per annum to the University. This success was recently noted in the Financial Times, profiling Heriot-Watt as second only to the London School of Economics in the UK in attracting such a high percentage of institutional income from international markets. International students accounted for 35% of the overall student numbers on Scottish campuses in 2010, making Heriot-Watt one of the most internationally diversified universities in the UK.
Oxford College of Business- Exclusive Approved Learning Partner in Sri Lanka
Oxford College of Business the exclusive Approved Learning Partner for Heriot Watt University in Sri Lanka now offers a wide range of post-graduate and undergraduate programmes for students to select from. Among the programmes offered one programme which is in very high demand is the 3 year full time degree, which gives students just after A/L’s the opportunity to obtain a word renowned degree from HWU at a fraction of the cost.