The Herald

Higher Education Awards


The Herald Higher Education Awards are back for the ninth year. The awards celebrate the extraordinary things that are going on in universities and colleges across Scotland. They highlight innovation in teaching and explore how colleges and universities market themselves, support students, and engage with employers, as well as recognising those amazing students who make a significant contribution to student life as well as academia.

The awards help to build future excellence by facilitating the sharing of good practice thus strengthening the status of learning and teaching in the Scottish higher education sector.



Tuesday, March 19


Tuesday, May 28




Radisson Blu hotel, Galsgow

2024 Finalists

Enhancing Student Learning Award – sponsored by QAA

  • Abertay University – Co-creating student success through credit-bearing microcredentials
  • Edinburgh College – Creative and Critical Thinking Qualifications
  • Robert Gordon University – The Future of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
  • University of Glasgow – Enhanced Learning for All: Student Learning Development 

Supporting Student Wellbeing Award – sponsored by Studiosity

  • City of Glasgow College Students’ Association – Student Pantry
  • Edinburgh Napier University – Keep on Track
  • Fife College – Supporting students with the cost-of-living
  • University of Edinburgh – Student Counselling Service – Skills for Life and Learning

Outstanding Contribution from a University Student

  • George Hassall – University of Stirling
  • Erica Lo Presti – UHI Perth
  • Shalu Madan – Edinburgh Napier University
  • Laura Young – Abertay University and the University of Dundee

Outstanding Contribution from a College Student

  • David Butler – City of Glasgow College Students’ Association
  • Kenneth Tong – New College Lanarkshire

Outstanding Contribution from a Staff Member

  • Professor Bill Buchanan – Edinburgh Napier University
  • Julie Cooper – West College Scotland
  • Usha Mani – University of Dundee
  • Vikki McCall – University of Stirling
  • Michelle Skotzen – Edinburgh College
  • Rik Weightman – Edinburgh College

Research Project of the Year

  • Edinburgh Napier University – The carriage of Naloxone by police officers to address drug-related deaths in Scotland
  • Robert Gordon University – The Policing of Gender-Based Violence in remote, rural and island communities in Scotland during and after COVID-19
  • University of Dundee – Professor Jill Belch
  • University of Dundee – iPlacenta
  • University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School – NHS Menopause and Menstrual Health Policy

Outstanding Business Engagement in Universities

  • Abertay University – Spearheading low carbon innovation with Transform Net Zero
  • Edinburgh Napier University – Applied Management in Football
  • Glasgow School of Art – Glasgow School of Art x Daydream Believers

Outstanding Business Engagement in Colleges

  • Dumfries and Galloway College – Back Filling the NHS whilst training new Health Professionals at College
  • Fife College and Babcock International Group – Production Support Operative Programme
  • Glasgow Kelvin College – Get into Employment: Rail Industry
  • New College Lanarkshire – Film and TV for all
  • West College Scotland – James Paterson & Sons Skills Academy

Innovative Use of Technology Award – sponsored by Jisc

  • Edinburgh Napier University – The Virtualised Security Operations Centre Integration with Information Services
  • Glasgow Clyde College – Empowering Staff Through Generative AI
  • University of St Andrews – The Graduate Attribute Platform
  • University of Stirling – Innovation in learning spaces through technologies and pedagogy
  • West College Scotland – DIGISKLS at West

Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community

  • Edinburgh College – EC Sessions
  • Glasgow Kelvin College – Glasgow Kelvin College Community and Youth Hubs
  • New College Lanarkshire – Caring for Carers
  • Queen Margaret University in partnership with STV Children’s Appeal – The Enhanced Learning Tutoring Initiative (ELTI)
  • University of Dundee – Active Living and Seniors Programme

Partnership Award

  • Edinburgh College – Sports Rehabilitation Degree Programme partnerships with Scottish Rugby Union and NHS Scotland
  • Glasgow Caledonian University – Transforming Health at GCU: Collaborating for Wellness
  • Glasgow School of Art – Glasgow School of Art x Daydream Believers
  • New College Lanarkshire – Women’s Aid Project

Marketing/PR Campaign of the Year

  • Abertay University – Abertay A to B campaign
  • Fife College – ‘Reassurance’ – helping students face the cost-of-living
  • Glasgow Kelvin College – National Opportunity Day
  • New College Lanarkshire – We are New College Lanarkshire
  • University of Stirling – Seeing beyond the drug and alcohol statistics

Widening Access Award

  • Dumfries and Galloway College – Dumfries and Galloway College – HE for All
  • Edinburgh Napier University – HUB for SUCCESS
  • Forth Valley College – Widening Participation Project

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award

  • Edinburgh College – Women in Digital and Data Innovation
  • University of Glasgow – James McCune Smith Scholarship and Development Programme
  • University of Stirling – Stirling Cares Programme
  • University of Stirling – Visibility of Inclusion for Boosting Equity (VIBE)
  • University of Dundee – EMBEDD (Engaging Minoritised Beneficiaries in Engineering Diversity Development)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Announced on the night

Higher Educational Institution of the Year

Announced on the night


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