John Lamont MP visited us yesterday and met with staff and students.
During the visit, Mr Lamont, who is MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk was given a tour of the building, including our large knit, weave and print studios.
Mr Lamont met with our Head of School Fiona Waldron and Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University, Richard A. Williams, to discuss the positive effects the School has on the local economy and further education.
Prof. Fiona Waldron said “We were delighted to welcome Mr Lamont to our campus today and show him all the excellent projects and work which is going on.”
John Lamont MP, said: “The Borders has long had links to the textile industry and it is great to have Heriot-Watt here.”
“While the industry is clearly going through an evolutionary phase, there will always be demand for the high quality textiles that we produce in the Borders. Judging by the facilities and students at Heriot-Watt, the industry has a really bright future.”
“On my visit, I was really impressed with the coordination between Heriot-Watt and employers to ensure that students are given the skills they need to progress into the world of work.”
Prof. Fiona Waldron added: “We have many links with industry with our graduates working across the globe with a huge range of companies across all disciplines.”
“The campus is a great asset to the local and community, Scotland and indeed the wider UK and it was great to discuss how our research has an enormous economic benefit.”