The Herald Higher
Education Awards 2021

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

The Herald Higher Education Awards 2021

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

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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. Entries are now closed for 2021.

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    Higher Educational Institution of the Year – sponsored by Theorise Ltd

    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 Scottish Funding Council

    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

    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 

    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 

    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

    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.

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

Judges

Donald Martin (Chairman)
Editor, The Herald & Herald on Sunday
Editor-in-Chief, Newsquest Scotland

Jon Baldwin
Managing Director of Higher Education, Jisc

Mhairi Harrington OBE

Dr Ilona Roth
Honorary Associate in the School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences, The Open University

James Dunphy
Director of Access, Learning and Outcomes at the Scottish Funding Council.

Roy Gardner
Vice Principal for Corporate Development & Innovation at City of Glasgow College

Event

The Herald Higher Education Awards 2021 took place on Thursday, June 17 via our virtual event platform, Awards Room.

The Awards Room is an exciting and interactive virtual venue that brings together our host, award presenters, sponsors and guests in a unique and engaging awards experience that allows everyone to connect.

Only those who purchased a ticket/table were able to access the event. Each individual was given a unique link to access the event.

HOST

Bryan Burnett

Shortlist & Winners

Enhancing Student Learning Award – Sponsored by QAA Scotland

  • Fife College – In cell learning in lockdown
  • The University of Edinburgh – uCreate Studio
  • University of St Andrews – Vertically Integrated Projects at St Andrews – Winner
  • University of St Andrews – Summer Teams Enterprise Programme
  • University of Strathclyde – We are Strathclyde

Supporting Student Wellbeing Award – Sponsored by Scottish Funding Council

  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – RCS Home from Home – Winner
  • University of Strathclyde – Disability & Wellbeing Service
  • University of the West of Scotland – A Compassionate Communities response to supporting student
  • wellbeing – Covid-19 and beyond
  • West College Scotland – CALM Curriculum

Outstanding Contribution from a University Student

  • John Frace – University of the Highlands and Islands (Argyll College) – Winner
  • Stewart Harris – University of Strathclyde
  • Indra Wilson – Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Outstanding Contribution from a College Student

  • Roseanna Campbell – Edinburgh College – Winner

Outstanding Contribution from a Staff Member

  • Professor James Chalmers – University of Dundee – Winner
  • Michelle Christian – The University of Edinburgh
  • Laurie Crump – Edinburgh College

Research Project of the Year

  • City of Glasgow College – Oxygen Depletion in Enclosed Spaces – Winner
  • University of Strathclyde – Suicide Reporting Toolkit
  • University of the West of Scotland – Driving Europe’s innovation and standardisation of ‘self-organising’ 5G networks

Outstanding Business Engagement in Universities

  • University of the Highlands and Islands – LevelUp!
  • University of Strathclyde – COVID-19 Modelling for NHS Lanarkshire – Winner
  • University of the West of Scotland – UWS and Thales: saving lives with ground-breaking AI drone technology partnership

Outstanding Business Engagement in Colleges

  • Edinburgh College and City of Glasgow College – Fast Track into Financial Services
  • New College Lanarkshire – Lanarkshire Business Hub – Winner
  • South Lanarkshire College – Upskilling Lanarkshire’s Carers

Innovative Use of Technology Award – Sponsored by Jisc

  • Fife College – Connected Labs – how Fife College connect students with specialist computing
  • New College Lanarkshire – Virtual Autodesk Digital Construction Challenge – Winner
  • University of Strathclyde – Centre for Lifelong Learning, ‘CLL Live and Online’ Short Classes Aimed at those Aged 50+
  • University of the West of Scotland – The implementation of an innovative social learning platform to launch hybrid learning for the benefit of students

Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community

  • University of Dundee – DJCAD Scrub Hub
  • University of Strathclyde – CHAS Inclusive Strategy
  • The University of Glasgow – Lighthouse Lab – Winner
  • The University of Glasgow – DigiGallus

Partnership Award

  • Edinburgh College and City of Glasgow College – Fast Track into Financial Services – Winner
  • The Open University in Scotland – Corporate Parenting in Higher Education
  • The Open University in Scotland – Michelin

Marketing/PR Campaign of the Year

  • School of Law, University of Aberdeen – “See Law from Different Perspectives” Creative Marketing Campaign
  • University of Strathclyde – 1796 Minutes to Give – Winner
  • University of the West of Scotland – Revolutionising the applicant experience – Scotland’s first personalised digital prospectus

Widening Access Award

  • University of Dundee – Access to High Demand Professions (AHDP) Dundee
  • Edinburgh College – Care Experience at Edinburgh College – Winner
  • University of Strathclyde – Social Responsibility Pathways
  • The Open University in Scotland – COVID-19 Response and Upskilling

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award

  • University of Strathclyde – Digital Inclusion Laptop Loan Scheme
  • The University of Glasgow – Equality and Diversity in the Life Sciences – Winner
  • The University of Glasgow – Gender equality at the University of Glasgow

Higher Educational Institution of the Year – Sponsored by Theorise Ltd

  • The University of Glasgow – Winner

Judges Award

  • Martin Fairbairn – Winner

Lifetime Achievement Award – Sponsored by City of Glasgow College

  • Professor John Harper – Winner

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Kirsty Loughlin

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Senior Events Manager

kirsty.loughlin@newsquest.co.uk

0141 302 6016

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