28 September 2012 - Heriot-Watt University has come top in the UK for student experience and has been named Scottish University of the Year – the same week as being voted by students as best university in Scotland.
The National Student Survey (NSS) 2012 has revealed the University’s meteoric rise in clinching Number 1 university in Scotland (up from Number 3 last year) and Number 4 university in UK (up from Number 29 last year).
Also released this week, The Sunday Times University Guide 2013 names Heriot-Watt as Scottish University of the Year for the second year running - and it also becomes the UK University of the Year for student experience.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman, said, “Being Scottish University of the Year, Number 1 in UK for student experience and voted Number 1 in Scotland by students is a fantastic hat-trick.
“At Heriot-Watt, we put great effort into exceptional student experience by striving to consistently deliver excellent facilities, teaching, and support services.
“These positive results represent a real strength of feeling among our students and real professionalism on the part of the staff.”
Mike Ross, President of Heriot-Watt University Student Union, said “These results represent the excellent work that has been done by students and staff working together to enhance the student experience.”
• Scottish University of the Year 2012/13, for the second year running
• UK University of the Year for student experience
• Number 9 in the UK overall
• Number 1 in Scotland (up from Number 3 last year) (based on responses from full-time degree students (excluding part-time and non-degree students) and “agree” responses across all 22 questions of NSS)
• Number 4 in UK universities (up from Number 29 last year)
• In the Top 10 for graduate employment in the UK - over 94% of graduates in employment or further study within six months of graduation
• Top in UK for Chemical Engineering, Psychology and Planning
Heriot-Watt University specialises in subjects across science, technology, engineering, business and design, with a particular focus on developing solutions to critical global issues, such as climate change and energy. It is ranked in the top 5% of universities worldwide. Established in 1821, it has campuses in Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders, Orkney and Dubai, and is investing £35 million in a new campus in Malaysia.