Students to be the real winners at Heriot Watt Energy Academy awards / Researcher of the Year 2015 competition

Heriot Watt Energy Academy Andrew Want Spurness SolsticeHeriot Watt James Watt Statue bannerStudent Andrew Want has won this year’s Energy Academy photography competition at Heriot Watt University.

He won £100 in gift vouchers for taking this photograph (left)  – called Spurness Solstice – which features all local renewable energy sources – fierce tides, wind turbines, solar power and biogas!

Andrew – a third year student at the Heriot Watt ICIT Campus on Orkney – is taking a PhD in bio-indicators of climate change in the marine environment. The competition was open to all students at Heriot-Watt University with a view to engaging the younger generation of energy researchers in the purpose of the Energy Academy – part of which is to show how Heriot-Watt’s energy related research impacts on Scotland.

Meanwhile, students from all Scotland’s universities can also be future winners by taking part in the Heriot Watt University / Scottish Energy News Research of the Year Awards 2015.

At least £3,000 prize money is up for grabs in these awards. So enter now – just click here for full details


These awards are open to entries now, and the Awards will be presented in May 2015 by Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing in Edinburgh at the head office of the UK Green Investment Bank in Edinburgh.

Although organised by Heriot Watt University’s Energy Academy, these awards are open to students at all Scottish universities and higher education colleges, as well as to young graduates who have recently begun their careers in Scottish energy sectors.

As a nation, we have the potential to maximise economic returns from fossil fuel exploration and recovery in the North Sea at the same time as pioneering leading technological innovation in exploiting Scotland’s large wind and wave power resources on a global scale – given the right ambition and encouragement.

Heriot Watt university – and its Energy Academy experts – are already making a highly positive contribution to this 21st century industrial revolution and we hope that the Heriot-Watt University/ Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards 2015 will help to stimulate, accelerate, recognise and reward the brightest brains in the process of energy and engineering innovation for the national – and international – good.

If you have any queries, or wish to discuss any aspect of this competition and sponsor benefits, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or Dr. Patrick McCarthy.
Patrick McCarthy at Heriot-Watt on 0131 451 3881 or email: 


Ditto for our Sales and Marketing partner –  Contact Publicity – for details of the Award Sponsorship opportunities.

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We look forward to hearing from you (and hopefully seeing you at the Awards presentation!)

Yours sincerely,


Mark R Whittet (LLB, BA)

Executive Director

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