Media Release: Heriot-Watt University soars up rankings to scoop UK No 1 and Scotland No 1 for students

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.

Begins a spokesperson: “The National Student Survey (NSS) 2012 has revealed the University’s meteoric rise in clinching No.1 university in Scotland (up from Number three last year) and Number four 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, mumber one in UK for student experience and voted number one 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.”

The Sunday Times University Guide 2013

• Scottish University of the Year 2012/13, for the second year running
• UK University of the Year for student experience
• Number nine in the UK overall

National Student Survey 2012

• Number one in Scotland (up from Number three last year)
• Number four in UK universities (up from Number 29 last year)
• In the Top ten for graduate employment in the UK – over 94 per cent of graduates in employment or further study within six months of graduation
• Top in UK for Chemical, Process and Energy 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 five per cent 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.


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Notes to editors:

Now in its eighth year, the National Student Survey measures 23 core criteria of the ‘student experience’ across over 120 UK universities and higher education institutions. More information can be found here.

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