The Herald

Higher Education Awards


The Herald Higher Education Awards are back for the eighth 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.


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Thursday, June 1




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2023 Winners

Enhancing Student Learning Award – sponsored by QAA

  • University of Dundee Business School – Developing digital marking skills for sustainable future

Supporting Student Wellbeing Award – sponsored by Studiosity

  • Queen Margaret University – Thank Goodness It’s Thursday

Outstanding Contribution from a University Student

  • Cameron Irons – University of Dundee

Outstanding Contribution from a College Student – sponsored by MDH Recruitment

  • Kyle Prele – West College Scotland

Outstanding Contribution from a Staff Member

  • Kirsten Mullen – Fife College

Research Project of the Year – sponsored by Scottish Funding Council

  • Glasgow Caledonian University – Blood Borne Virus (BBV) Prevention Team – Winner
  • University of the West of Scotland – Cloud Correlation: using artificial intelligence to protect our natural environment – Commendation

Outstanding Business Engagement in Universities

  • University of the West of Scotland – Novel Automated Ozone Technology for Material Decontamination – Commendation
  • Robert Gordon University – Women in Business – Winner

Outstanding Business Engagement in Colleges

  • New College Lanarkshire – Dance into Industry

Innovative Use of Technology Award – sponsored by Jisc

  • University of Dundee – Extended Reality for Forensic Science

Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community

  • University of the West of Scotland – The UWS ASCPP: empowering people to live the best life possible with dementia

Partnership Award

  • Edinburgh College – Codespace

Marketing/PR Campaign of the Year

  • University of Stirling – Recruiting the 12th Man

Widening Access Award

  • UHI Inverness – LEEP Ahead

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award

  • City of Glasgow College – Trans Liberation Work – Winner
  • New College Lanarkshire – The Braw Wee Shop – Commendation

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Professor Sir Philip Cohen, FRS FRSE FAA FFMedSci – University of Dundee

Higher Educational Institution of the Year

  • The University of Dundee


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