Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University (Scottish Gaelic: Oilthigh Heriot-Watt) is a public research university based in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was established in 1821 as the School of Arts of Edinburgh, the world's first mechanics' institute, and subsequently granted university status by royal charter in 1966. It is the eighth oldest higher education institute in the UK. The name Heriot-Watt was taken from Scottish inventor James Watt and Scottish philanthropist and goldsmith George Heriot.

Heriot-Watt University
Oilthigh Heriot-Watt
MottoLeaders in ideas and solutions
TypePublic
Established1821 - School of Arts of Edinburgh
1852 - Watt Institution and School of Arts
1885 - Heriot-Watt College
1966 – university by Royal Charter
Endowment£8.9m (2017)[1]
Budget£196.0 million (2016-17)[1]
ChancellorRobert M Buchan
PrincipalRichard Williams
Chairman of CourtFrances Cairncross
Administrative staff
1,737[2]
StudentsGlobal: 31,000[2]
Edinburgh: 11,155 (2019/20)[3]
UndergraduatesEdinburgh: 8,150 (2019/20)[3]
PostgraduatesEdinburgh: 3,005 (2019/20)[3]
Location,
Scotland, United Kingdom
CampusSuburban
Other campus locationsScottish Borders
Orkney
Dubai
Malaysia
AffiliationsAssociation of Commonwealth Universities
CESAER
ERASMUS
Universities Scotland
Universities UK
Websitewww.hw.ac.uk

Known for its focus on science and engineering, it is one of the 39 old universities in the UK comprising the second cluster of elite universities after Oxbridge.[4][5]