Case Studies > Heriot Watt University

Heriot Watt University is a public university based in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was established in 1821 as the world's first mechanics' institute, and has campuses in the Scottish Borders, Orkney, United Arab Emirates and Putrajaya in Malaysia. ​They employee around 2,000 members of staff and teach 21,000 students.

Heriot Watt manage three universities spanning three countries, and so urgently needed a solution to manage their safety and security, as their previous service wasn’t fit for purpose.

One of the main benefits Alcumus Info Exchange offers is the visibility and accessibility it provides an organisation. Alcumus Info Exchange first engaged with the university in 2014, following a relationship already created through Alcumus Sypol.

Their “Shield” exchange solution initially covered Security Incident Reporting, Risk Assessments and Actions Tracker, however since the deployment of this, Heriot Watt have expanded their solution into purchasing, supplier management and security. Following the 2015 Charlie Hebdo shootings in France, Heriot Watt implemented a module specifically for managing business trips for lecturers, students and employees within the university, giving the ability to track and monitor locations for their safety and security.

Heriot Watt spoke at the Info Exchange 2018 conference around how successful IE2 has been deployed within the university.