Heriot-Watt has a reputation of creating and exchanging knowledge for the benefit of society, delivering teaching that is professionally relevant and careers-focused, and developing world leading, innovative research that provides practical solutions to contemporary issues. It provides a distinctive education and a high-quality student experience and now stands as a leading institution with an established reputation for high quality across both its teaching and research, continuing to grow as a university characterised by a commitment to excellence.
OUR PURPOSE From a pioneering institute born out of the Scottish Enlightenment in 1821, to a leader in transnational education, Heriot-Watt has become a global university through a commitment to its vision, mission and ethos.
OUR VISION Our vision is to be world leading within all our areas of specialism.
OUR MISSION Our mission is to create and exchange knowledge that benefits society.
OUR ETHOS We put our community of students, staff and alumni at the heart of everything we do. Our distinctive strengths will continue to build a global University that pioneers innovation in education, research and enterprise.
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|Total Number of Staff||2500|
|Number of Academic Staff||1115|
|Number of Students||27303|
Strategy 2025, entitled Shaping Tomorrow Together, continues to build on our heritage and expertise, our relevance and global presence. Heriot-Watt is a distinctive University with global reach and a proud history of providing access to education, ideas and solutions that make a real contribution to the world. Our strategy is all about shaping tomorrow together. It comprises four high-level themes that connect to our activities and which will guide how we will continue to pioneer in education, excel in research, build flourishing communities and develop our globally connected status. During more difficult times, we have been guided by the aims and goals set out in Strategy 2025, helping us to make difficult decisions as we adapt to circumstances. More than ever, we have been grateful for the clarity and direction this has provided for all across the University.