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Heriot-Watt University Archive, Records Management and Museum Service

Records of Heriot-Watt University

Collection Summary

Reference Code

GB 0582 HWU



Extent and medium of the unit of description

300 metres

Existence and Location of Originals

This material is original.

Name of creator

Heriot-Watt University | 1966- | university | Edinburgh (Scotland)

Biographical History

Administrative History

Heriot-Watt is a research-led technological university, committed to excellence and relevance in teaching and research in a range of applied sciences, engineering and technology, textile design, management education and languages. Heriot-Watt University was granted its charter in June 1966, following the recommendations of the Great Britain Committee on Higher Education chaired by Lord Robbins. The University traces its origins back the School of Arts of Edinburgh, founded in1821 and susequently evolved as the Watt Institution and School of Arts (1852-1885) and Heriot-Watt College (1885-1965).

In 1969, Midlothian Council gifted the University the Riccarton estate in southwest Edinburgh. This provided the vital spring board for Heriot-Watt University to expand on a new purpose built campus and develop leading edge strengths in teaching and research. An integral part of the campus is 60 acres of fully developed and occupied commercial Research Park. In addition to its Edinburgh campus the University also has a strong presence in Galashiels, at its Scottish Borders Campus, formerly The Scottish College of Textiles, which merged with the University in October 1998, and a small campus in Stromness, Orkney.

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

The records of Heriot-Watt University consist of:

  • Records of constitution and governance (1966-:)
  • Faculty Records (1966-:)
  • Academic Departments and Schools (1966-:)
  • Adminstrative Departments and Sections (1966-:)
  • Relations with External Bodies (1966-:)
  • Student and Staff Societies (1966-:)




Businesses and Organisations


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Components of this collection