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Studying at Heriot-Watt University
Winner of The Sunday Times award, 'Scottish University of the Year 2011-13', Heriot-Watt University is situated just on the edge of Edinburgh and has a reputation for quality of teaching and programmes and for an outstanding student experience. The university is based over four campuses, three in Scotland and one in Dubai. Students studying island technologies and petroleum technology will be based on the Orkney Island Campus while the Scottish Borders Campus is where those studying design, textiles and business related programmes will be based. Each campus has its own facilities and have received large investment over recent years.
The Edinburgh Campus is home to many great facilities including a bank, bookshop, library, shop and museum plus the Centre for Sport and Exercise which consists of pitches, squash courts, gyms, sports massage, sports science services an indoor Golf Academy, Squash Academy and climbing wall.
The Student Union offers several different services to students, including those to do with university life and wellbeing through to financial advice and careers planning. There is something happening throughout every week in the Student Union venues (Zero, Geordie Bar and Liberty's); comedy, live music, themed club nights and pub quizzes as well as fundraisers and larger celebration balls. Famous names that have played at the union include The Saturdays and KT Tunstall. By day the café and bar serve food and drinks and are open for students to hang out in, play a game of pool and use the free WiFi while watching TV. The fair-trade promoting student Shop offers all sorts of snacks and groceries.
Edinburgh is well equipped for students with many places in the city offering student discounts. There is a huge range of entertainment from comedy and festivals to theatre, film and galleries and its world-famous music scene . There is said to be over 400 pubs to choose from plus cafés, restaurants and other venues which all help to back up Edinburgh being on of the best places to visit in the UK for a night out.
Heriot-Watt University is proud of its links with industry and has ongoing projects with many of them in order to positively influence and inform various industry practices and collaborate with forward-thinking research with some of the most renowned practitioners and thinkers.
Several well known people are alumni of heriot-Watt University including CEO of ITV Adam Crozier, Minister of Transport for Scotland Sarah Boyack, author Irvine Welsh and Formula One engineer Jock Clear.
25 Heriot-Watt University Reviews
Heriot Watt is a good "international" university, where you can explore and experience different culture form all international students. Although I only give one star on some parts, the uni is aspiring and expending. After all, I still recommend here. Welcome to HW!
A very good standard of teaching and a very diverse range of programmes to chose from. Opportunities to travel and study abroad at Heriot watt Malaysia or dubai campus.The library is 24/7 during term time, a facility that is used by many students.
This uni is terrible went to all the lectures and learnt nothing. Teachers seemed as though they could not be bothered to teach they always ended lessons 15-30 mins early. Teachers took weeks to reply to emails. No learning took place it was a teacher reading word for word of a slide that we had access to online most people barely ever went to the lectures and I dont blame them. It seems as though everything is about money with this school take my advice and think twice before coming here waste of money waste of time
As a HW MBA alumnus with a specialism (2003 and 2005) and 6 doctor-level courses completed I am reminded everyday how much I have benefited from their most topical and challenging academic standards. It has really helped me to develop 'mental mettle'.
Not a lot on in the student union but sports facilities and clubs are good. There is WiFi across the campus and there are good food facilities on campus. The buildings are all connected and are at most a 15 minute walk from one side to the other.
Very bad value for money Depressing campus, remote from the city Very old student malls still from the seventies Bad food I paid about 7800 pounds for a Masters programme. Bad support and communication by university staff, nothing individual, very superficial. Your grade heavily depends on how smartly you chose your supervisor. Some of the staff of the School of Life Sciences cannot be bothered to reply to emails relating to their courses. Campus: Pretty depressing atmosphere, student halls in very old buildings (Campus was build in the seventies). I hope that other British Universities offer top quality for the money they take.
Very bad value for money. I paid about 7800 pounds for a Masters programme. Bad support and communication by university staff, nothing individual, very superficial. Your grade heavily depends on how smartly you chose your supervisor. Some of the staff of the School of Life Sciences cannot be bothered to reply to emails relating to their courses. Campus: Pretty depressing atmosphere, student halls in very old buildings (Campus was build in the seventies). I hope that other British Universities offer top quality for the money they take.