Advantages Excellent campus with superb facilities
Disadvantages Nothing major
It has been a little while since I posted a review and that is because I have just started university.I am currently in my first year at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh studying Mechanical Engineering. This review is based on my experience of the university. While at university I am staying on campus and therefore will be able to comment on the university, its facilities, the course I am doing and the accommodation.
Heriot Watt University has two campuses in Scotland. This review is only based on the main campus which is in Edinburgh.Heriot Watt is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the UK. It was established by Royal Charter in 1966, but its origins date back to 1821 through the School of Arts of Edinburgh.
The name Heriot-Watt, commemorates George Heriot and James Watt. George Heriot was a renowned 16th century jeweller and financier to James VI (and James I of England) and James Watt, the great 18th century inventor and engineer.Heriot Watt University is on the outskirts of Edinburgh and has everything based on its beautiful woodland campus. All accommodation and facilities is within walking disntance. I will mention more about the campus later in the review.
I feel for the introduction to the review it would be valuable to take some information from the Heriot Watt website in order to give you a better insight and introduction into Heriot Watt Univeristy and what it offers.The following extract is taken from the Heriot Watt website (http://www.hw.ac.uk):
Heriot-Watt is a dynamic university at the forefront of the knowledge economy with a mission to: provide the highest quality education and training to suit the professional employment sector
meet the aspirations of students and help them to realise their potential deliver world class innovative research in the fields of business and industry
Heriot-Watt, one of the UK's leading universities for business and industry, has: a reputation for innovative education, enterprise and leading-edge research, educating the technologists, professionals and thinkers of tomorrow
an established reputation and graduates who are highly sought by employers more than 6,300 students on campus in Scotland plus more than 9,500 on external programmes in 140 countries worldwide.
Heriot-Watt has a flourishing research community with an international reputation for scientific and technological excellence, including the commercialisation of academic research.In the recent UK Research Assessment Exercise, Heriot-Watt came
Top in the UK for petroleum engineering and for actuarial mathematics and statistics Top in Scotland for built environment, applied mathematics and for food science and technology
The University was ranked number 3 in Scotland by the Financial Times.Major research initiatives are concentrated in niche areas including photonics and new optics-based technologies, business logistics, technical textiles, advanced robotics, nano-science and technology, proteomics and nutrition microsystems, biomimetics, virtual reality and engineering design.
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