The Herald Higher
Education Awards 2019

The Herald Higher Education Awards are back for a fifth year to recognise outstanding higher education institutions in Scotland. With a broad spectrum of categories, the awards touch on all key aspects of higher education and help to build future excellence by facilitating the sharing of good practice.

The Herald Higher EducationAwards 2019

The Herald Higher Education Awards are back for a fifth year to recognise outstanding higher education institutions in Scotland. With a broad spectrum of categories, the awards touch on all key aspects of higher education and help to build future excellence by facilitating the sharing of good practice.

The awards have now taken place.  To register your interest for 2020, please contact, Lyndsay Wilson, Events Director on 0141 302 7407 or email Lyndsay.wilson@heraldandtimes.co.uk

EVENT DATE

The event took place on Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Countdown to event:

2019/06/05 18:00:00

Sponsors

We would like to thank our 2019 sponsors for their support.

SPONSORSHIP

Raise your profile across the industry by sponsoring our awards.

 If you would like more information on the opportunities available, please contact Lucy Murphy, Business Development Executive, on 0141 302 6027 or lucy.murphy@localiq.co.uk.

Categories

The Herald Higher Education Awards recognise outstanding institutions in Scotland. There are 16 categories to choose from, touching on key aspects of higher education excellence.

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    Higher Educational Institution of the Year sponsored by CGI

    This category will recognise a college or university that has demonstrated exceptional performance in the past academic year and is open to all higher education institutions in Scotland. The institution’s teaching, research and business performance will be taken into consideration. Judges will be looking for evidence of creative and innovative projects which have enhanced its reputation.

    Please note: this award is not open for entry and will be decided by the judging panel based on submissions within other categories and the institutions’ overall performance.

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    Enhancing Student Learning Award sponsored by QAA Scotland

    This award will be given to a team in a college or university which has made a contribution to enhancing the student learning experience or academic skills. This could be through one-to-one tuition, drop in sessions on essay writing, work to enhance skills of literacy and numeracy or exam preparation and revision. This award will also look for teams who help provide the resources crucial to assist students with their learning. Judges will look for evidence the work has enhanced the student learning experience and/or has been shared or adopted more widely across the institution or by other institutions.

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    Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by City of Glasgow College

    This award will pay tribute to an outstanding individual in higher education whose long-term efforts, dedication and sustained commitment have supported the sector. Judges will look for evidence of how this individual has advanced the field of education and demonstrated innovation.

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    Supporting Student Wellbeing Award sponsored by Scotwest Credit Union 

    This award will be given to a project that supports students in a personal capacity to gain the maximum benefit from their experience at university or college. This could be by providing advice and assistance to students on personal matters, family, health, mental health, safety or financial issues. Judges will be looking for evidence that initiatives have had a positive impact on the experience of students.

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    Outstanding Contribution from a University Student

    This award will go to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to their university or wider community including work on or off campus. Judges will be looking for how this person has inspired and motivated others to act philanthropically or made efforts to improve student experiences and that of the local community. This student may also be specifically connected to a sport or leisure activity or one who has overcome hardship, disability or other personal adversity.

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    Outstanding Contribution from a College Student

    This award will go to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to their college and wider community including work on or off campus. Judges will be looking for how this person has inspired and motivated others to act philanthropically or made efforts to improve student experiences and that of the local community. This student may also be specifically connected to a sport or leisure activity or one who has overcome hardship, disability or other personal adversity.

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    Outstanding Contribution from a Staff Member

    This award will go to a member of university or college staff who has made an outstanding contribution to their institution or wider community, including work on or off campus. Judges will be looking for how this person has inspired and motivated students in their field of expertise either through teaching or research or how they have used their teaching skills or research expertise to inspire and motivate learners in their surrounding community.

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    Research Project of the Year

    This will be awarded to an individual or group of researchers who have undertaken and published an exceptional piece of research in their field. This could be an individual project by an institution or a collaborative project from a number of colleges or universities. Judges will be looking for innovative research that has had significant economic, social, cultural or other public benefit but also which has helped to enhance the reputation of the institution.

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    Outstanding Business Engagement in Universities sponsored by SQA

    In this category we will be looking for a university to demonstrate their innovative approach to working in partnership with business and/or public sector organisations either to help develop an aspect of their business by the use of research or which helps develop training and work experience which aids student employability and improves workforce skills.

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    Outstanding Business Engagement in Colleges sponsored by SQA

    In this category we will be looking for a college to demonstrate their innovative approach to delivering employers’ workforce development needs. This should be through partnerships with businesses and/or public sector organisations to develop training which helps student employability, provides them with work experience and improves wider workforce skills.

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    Innovative Use of Technology Award sponsored by Jisc

    This award will recognise how an institution is using technology to accomplish new forms of student delivery, learning or research. This could be through a variety of methods, including but not restricted to: innovative teaching techniques; enhanced digital student experience; improved digital literacy; widening access to scholarly communications; use of technology to be more effective and efficient; generation of new business; research data management tools and techniques; and the creation of technology-led spaces to improve learner outcomes. Judges will be looking for demonstrable evidence of innovation and how this has achieved impact, particularly on students.

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    Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community

    This award will be given to an individual, team or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the local community. Judges will be looking for evidence of commitment to areas such as local employment, community volunteer schemes, charity work, environmental initiatives and local product sourcing.

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    Partnership Award

    This category is about innovative collaboration between institutions with a transformative impact. We are looking for a college or university which has developed strategic approaches in partnership to effect change and enhance the student experience. This may be through joint initiatives around learning and teaching priorities or development of strategies, policies or governance. This award may also be for a formal research or enhancement project, or innovative working practices.

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    Marketing/PR Campaign of the Year

    This award will recognise an institution that can demonstrate the success of a marketing or PR campaign which has successfully engaged its target audience. The subject of the campaign could be anything from attracting overseas students, to promoting safety on campus. Judges will be looking for entrants to demonstrate how their campaigns used a variety of media channels and platforms to meet their aims as well as evidence they were successful in achieving their goals.

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    Widening Access Award sponsored by Scottish Funding Council

    This category will explore how both colleges and universities are using innovative methods to widen access to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. This could include summer schools, talent spotting, top-up programmes or articulation. Judges will be looking for evidence of how institutions have engaged with a specific target group and also how they are providing continued support to the students.

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    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award sponsored by Dixon Walter

    This award will recognise an institution that is making demonstrable progress in achieving the goals of equality, diversity and inclusion. Judges will be looking for evidence of projects that have identified areas of under-representation amongst either students or staff and have made a difference. This could highlight a range of issue including, but not restricted to gender, equal pay, disability awareness, LGBTI and black and minority ethnic under-representation.

How to Enter

Once you have decided on a category or categories from the above list, you will need to fill in our entry form.

You can submit the form online by clicking the ‘Enter Now’ button below or alternatively, if you would like to be able to save your form and come back to it, please click ‘Download Entry Form’ below and submit it by email when ready.

If you have any questions regarding the entry process or require the entry form in a different format, please see the FAQ section below or get in touch via the details at the bottom of this page.

ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED.

Judges

Barclay McBain
Executive Editor, The Herald

Ailsa Crum
Head of Quality & Enhancement, QAA Scotland

Alistair McKay
Regional Manager, SQA

Alan Walter
Partner, Dixon Walter

Alastair Sim
Director, Universities Scotland

Linda Somerville
Director, National Union of Students in Scotland

John Kemp
Director of Access, Skills, and Outcome Agreements, Scottish Funding Council

Alexander Mogull
Senior Consultant, CGI

Jason Miles-Campbell
Head of Jisc Scotland and Jisc Northern Ireland

Click here to download a list of previous finalists and winners.

Event

The Awards Ceremony

The Herald Higher Education Awards 2019 took place on Wednesday, June 5 at the Crowne Plaza Glasgow.

The evening included a sparkling drinks reception, three-course meal, entertainment and the awards presentation. The event was hosted by television and radio presenter, Bryan Burnett.

Bryan Burnett

2019 Winners & Finalists

Enhancing Student Learning AwardSponsored by QAA Scotland
  • Fife College – MathsLAB
  • University of Aberdeen – Toolkit
  • University of Glasgow – The Academic Writing Skills Programme (AWSP)
  • University of St Andrews – Transitions Toolkit – winner
Supporting Student Wellbeing Award Sponsored by Scotwest Credit Union
  • Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh – Stay-on-Course at QMU
  • University of Dundee – LIVE Smart & LEARN Smart
  • University of Edinburgh – Feeling Good App – winner
  • University of Glasgow – CaPS – Counselling and Psychological Service
Outstanding Contribution from a University Student Award
  • Claire Stevenson – University of the West of Scotland
  • Jamie Dalgoutte – University of Glasgow
  • Lara McDonald – Abertay University
  • Rawad Qaq – University of Dundee – winner
  • Yetunde Ogedengbe – Glasgow Caledonian University
Outstanding Contribution from a College Student Award
  • Carol Hunter – Fife College – winner
  • Dean Clark – Edinburgh College
  • Kathryn Docherty – West College Scotland
Research Project of the Year Award
  • University of Edinburgh and University of the West of Scotland – The integration of British Transport Police into Police Scotland: identifying risks and framing the debate. Dr Kath Murray (University of Edinburgh) Dr Colin Atkinson (University of the West of Scotland)
  • University of Glasgow – Dynamic Coast
  • University of Glasgow – Runaway Slaves in Britain – winner
  • University of Strathclyde – Rapid Sepsis Test Research
  • University of the West of Scotland – UWS Research into Acanthamoeba Keratitis led by Professor Fiona Henriquez
Outstanding Business Engagement in Universities Award Sponsored by SQA
  • Robert Gordon University – Innovation@RGU – winner
  • University of Edinburgh – Data Driven Innovation Programme
  • University of Glasgow – Clinical Innovation Zone – Driving Precision Medicine
  • University of Glasgow – Supporting NHS Counter Fraud Services
Outstanding Business Engagement in Colleges Award Sponsored by SQA
  • Fife College – Creating the Life Science Workforce of Tomorrow – Partnership between Fife College, NHS Lothian and The University of Edinburgh
  • West College Scotland – A.C Whyte Skills Academy – winner
  • West Highland College UHI – Dynamic Workforce Development
Innovative Use of Technology Award Sponsored by Jisc
  • Edinburgh College – HNC Mechanical Engineering (Enhanced Distance Learning)
  • Scottish Universities Physics Alliance
  • University of Edinburgh – 360 Degree Videos/Images and Virtual Reality in Online Distance learning – Dr David Hampton and Dr Chris McKenzie
  • University of Edinburgh – Wikipedia in the Curriculum – winner
Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community Award
  • The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh – All4Paws – commendation
  • University of Dundee / Abertay University – V&A Dundee – winner
  • University of Glasgow – STEM in the Gorbals – led by Dr Saeeda Bhatti of Medical Genetics & Genomics
  • West College Scotland – Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust Veteran Outreach & Sharon Gardiner
Outstanding Contribution from a Staff Member Award
  • Craig Walker – Fife College
  • Jo Turbitt – Edinburgh College
  • Professor Kurt Mills – University of Dundee – winner
Partnership Award
  • Edinburgh Napier University – On the Outside
  • Fife College – Team Sally – winner
  • The Data Lab – The Data Lab Masters Programme
  • University of the West of Scotland – UWS in Partnership: Changing Lives Through Technology Enabled Care
Marketing/PR Campaign of the Year Award
  • Fife College – FWDF Marketing
  • University of Dundee – #DiscoverDundee – winner
  • University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh University Students’ Association – #NoExcuse – ending sexual harassment and violence on campus – commendation
  • University of the West of Scotland – UWS Open Days with a Festival Flavour
Widening Access AwardSponsored by Scottish Funding Council
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – Regional Arts Hub at Dumfries House
  • The Open University – Widening access to nursing in Grampian
  • University of Glasgow – Glasgow Medical School Access Programme – winner
  • West Lothian College – Widening access through international opportunities
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion AwardSponsored by Dixon Walter
  • Glasgow Caledonian University – Promoting Intercultural Awareness – a baseline for internationalisation at GCU (Yetunde Ogedengbe, Frances MacInnes, Adrian Lui, Fraser McLeish)
  • The Open University – Reducing gender imbalance in engineering
  • University of Edinburgh – Global Community Team – Refugee, Asylum & At-Risk Scholar Support – winner
  • University of Strathclyde – Supporting Staff with Caring Responsibilities
Higher Educational Institution of the Year AwardSponsored by CGI

The University of Dundee

Lifetime Achievement AwardSponsored by City of Glasgow College

Dr Ilona Roth – Open University

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If you have any questions or need more information on the awards, please contact Events Director, Lyndsay Wilson on 0141 302 7407 or Lyndsay.Wilson@localiq.co.uk.

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