School of the Built Environment, Heriot Watt University
The School of the Built Environment's on-going commitment to high quality and innovative research has been recognised with a high ranking in the last two UK government Research Assessment Exercises (RAE). We are one of only seven built environment Schools in the UK, and the only one in Scotland to receive an RAE Grade 5 rating in both 1996 and 2001. We have an evolving and well-established portfolio of taught postgraduate courses with students from around the world studying full-time, part-time and by distance learning.Our 60 full-time academic staff, researchers and postgraduate students benefit from access to extensive laboratory and computing facilities. These include: acoustic reverberant, anechoic and sound transmission facilities thermal transmission facilities drainage network testing facilities building services laboratory materials testing facilities large wind tunnel and a rotating house used for wind and lighting studies a 12m by 12.4m wave basin with a depth of 3m (and a 5m deep pit) full-scale testing rigs for offshore pipelines well-equipped structures, soils and geomaterials laboratories laser measurement of fluid flow a well-equipped hydraulics laboratory with two sediment transport flumes corrosion monitoring facilities workstations for modelling large scale structural, geotechnical and hydrodynamic behaviour GIS computing laboratory.In addition we have excellent library facilities.