Elected: 1998
Discipline: Engineering
Professor John Stuart Archer CBE FRSE
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John Archer was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University from January 1997 until his retirement in July 2006. During Principal Archer’s tenure the University grew substantially with overall student numbers increasing by a third including a doubling of the number of postgraduate students. At the same time Heriot-Watt made considerable advances in research, became recognised as Scotland’s most international university with around thirty per cent of on-campus students from outside the UK, and achieved unparalleled numbers of off-campus students studying Heriot-Watt programmes in well over 100 countries.