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Chamber and committees

Heriot-Watt University Celebrates Bicentenary

  • Submitted by: Gordon MacDonald, Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Friday, 12 February 2021
  • Motion reference: S5M-24127

That the Parliament notes that Heriot-Watt University will this year celebrate the 200th anniversary of its founding roots in 1821, which created the world’s first mechanics' institute in the heart of Edinburgh; commends Heriot-Watt University for its substantial contribution to Scotland and the world through pioneering research in fields as diverse as robotics and autonomous systems, earth and marine sciences, medical technology, and decarbonisation; recognises that Heriot-Watt will be looking to the future with a renewed focus on helping society tackle current and future challenges sustainably and on delivering real-world impact in the fields of business, STEM and design; acknowledges that the university will recognise the enduring legacy of Scotland’s father of modern economics, Adam Smith, by establishing the inaugural Panmure House Prize for the best research proposal in long-term investment to fund radical innovation; understands that alumni, students, staff and stakeholders are invited to celebrate Heriot-Watt’s remarkable record of innovation at its global network of campuses in Scotland, Malaysia and Dubai through a series of virtual events and debates, and wishes all students and staff at the university every success in their future endeavours.

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Annabelle Ewing, Neil Findlay, Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Gordon Lindhurst, Richard Lyle, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Liam McArthur, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Stewart Stevenson, David Torrance, Maureen Watt, Sandra White