A note from the Head of School

 I am proud to announce that we are now the James Watt School of Engineering. This is to commemorate Watt’s close ties to the University of Glasgow and in celebration of his life and legacy.

The James Watt School of Engineering is aligned to the innovative spirit of Watt through research, teaching and professional leadership.  The James Watt School of Engineering was the first in the UK to confer degrees in Engineering and the University of Glasgow established the first Chair of Engineering in the UK 1840. 

This year, in which the world marks the two hundredth anniversary of Watt’s death, the James Watt School of Engineering is engaged in shaping our future as we develop our plans for the move to the Western Infirmary site and align our teaching and research portfolios to meet future societal challenges.

It is in the spirit of this renewed focus that this decision has been made, and by doing so, highlight the Schools ability to truly Shape the Future.


Professor David Cumming

Head of School