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  • Admin. staff 1,737
  • Chancellor Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE
  • Established as the School of Arts of Edinburgh
  • Location Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Other campus locations Galashiels
  • Postgraduates 2,032 on Edinburgh Campus
  • Principal Professor Steve Chapman
  • Students 20,994 worldwide
  • Undergraduates 5,796 on Edinburgh Campus
  • Vice principal
Heriot-Watt University is a public research university based in Edinburgh, established in 1821 as the world's first mechanics' institute. The eighth oldest higher education institution in the United Kingdom, it has been a university by Royal Charter since 1966. It has branch campuses in the Scottish Borders, Orkney and Dubai, and announced plans to open a campus in Malaysia in November 2011.Heriot-Watt is known for the strong prospects of its students, with 80% in graduate-level jobs six months after leaving the institution.It came 29th in the UK in the 2011 National Student Survey,and saw the largest increase in UK applicants of any UK university for the 2013 academic session.It also has a strong research profile, with over 50% of its submitted research results considered at or above the national average in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
In 2011, Heriot-Watt was named as the Sunday Times Scottish University of the Year 2011-2012, with the paper emphasising the employability of the institution's graduates.In 2012 it was ranked 5th in Scotland by the Complete University Guide and 20th in the United Kingdom by the Guardian University League Table.In individual subject areas, the 2013 Times Good University Guide ranked the university third in the UK and first in Scotland for chemical engineering, and second in Scotland for building, mechanical engineering, food science and civil engineering.
Heriot-Watt's main campus is located in Riccarton in South West Edinburgh on 380 acres of parkland. It boasts several facilities, including student residences, a purpose-built postgraduate centre, shops, several library collections, childcare, healthcare, a chaplaincy, a variety of recreational and sports facilities, and a museum.It is also home to the Edinburgh Conference Centre and Europe's oldest research park, which opened in 1971.