The Herald Higher
Education Awards 2022

The Herald Higher Education Awards are back for the seventh 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.

The awards took place on Tuesday 31st May 2022 at the Crowne Plaza Glasgow.

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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.

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    Higher Educational Institution of the Year

    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 Studiosity

    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 sponsored by Scottish Funding Council

    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.

2022 FINALISTS

Enhancing Student Learning Award – sponsored by QAA Scotland

• City of Glasgow College – Learn it. Earn it. – winner
• University of Edinburgh – Academic Integrity Interactive Package
• University of Glasgow – T2G: Transition to Glasgow
• University of Strathclyde – Strathclyde Inspire
• University of the West of Scotland – Collaboration in the Curriculum: A Partnership Approach to Academic Skills

Supporting Student Wellbeing Award – sponsored by Studiosity

• City of Glasgow College – Preventing Gender Based Violence
• Edinburgh College – Support for Unaccompanied Young People
• The University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy – The Listening Service – winner
• UHI Inverness – Student Wellbeing @ The Bothy
• Strathclyde Student’s Union – Hear to Listen

Outstanding Contribution from a University Student

• Alessandro Atzori – Perth College UHI
• Astrid Lucia Offersen – University of Aberdeen
• David Mercieca – University of Aberdeen
• Eve Daniell and Elizabeth Briggs – University of Dundee/Reach Tayside
• Gemma Lumsdaine – University of the West of Scotland – commendation
• Liam Cairney – Glasgow Caledonian University – winner

Outstanding Contribution from a College Student

• Kenny Morrison – City of Glasgow College – winner
• Tali Fisher – Fife College Students’ Association – commendation

Outstanding Contribution from a Staff Member

• Jenn Butterworth – Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
• Khadija Mohammed – University of the West of Scotland – winner
• Penny Humphreys – Dumfries & Galloway College
• Dr Rachel Drury – Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Higher Educational Institution of the Year

• University of the West of Scotland – winner

Research Project of the Year – sponsored by Scottish Funding Council

• Edinburgh College – The Edinburgh College Research Unit
• University of Aberdeen – Cool Farm Tool/Professor Pete Smith – winner
• University of Strathclyde – Microplate Dx
• University of the West of Scotland – Wellbeing and sustainability in aquaculture

Outstanding Business Engagement in Universities

• Abertay University – Sustainable Spirits – winner
• Heriot-Watt University – Medical Device Manufacturing Centre
• University of Strathclyde – Sir Jules Thorn Centre for Co-Creation of Rehabilitation Technology
• University of Strathclyde – Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Fathom Systems
• University of the West of Scotland – Knowledge Transfer Partnership Centre

Outstanding Business Engagement in Colleges

• City of Glasgow College – Leidos UK: Use of the Flexible Workforce Development Fund to Upskill Staff and Boost Productivity
• Fife College
• New College Lanarkshire – Pathways to Textile Care and Warehousing
• West College Scotland – WCS James Frew Academy – winner

Innovative Use of Technology Award – sponsored by Jisc

• Edinburgh College – VR Dementia Experience – winner
• The Open University – Code Break App
• Edinburgh Medical School Clinical Skills Team and Digital Education Unit – Through the patient’s eyes
• University of Strathclyde
• University of the West of Scotland – UWS student success team

Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community

• Edinburgh Napier University – Merchiston Publishing, “Books to Bairns”
• Fife College – Lorraine Wilkinson – winner
• Fife College Students’ Association
• The Open University – Mock COP in Schools
• University of Strathclyde – Social Responsibility Pathways

Partnership Award

• City of Glasgow College – VET Teachers Embracing Digital Disruption
• Edinburgh College – Edinburgh College/Scottish Association of Minority Ethnic Educators (SAMEE)/Scottish Parliament – Emerging Leaders
• Edinburgh College – Edinburgh College’s Digital Care Hub in partnership with The University of Edinburgh
• Edinburgh Napier University – INTER – winner
• New College Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire Council and University of Strathclyde – Smart Hub Lanarkshire

Marketing/PR Campaign of the Year

• City of Glasgow College – Get Ready for College
• Edinburgh Napier University – #NapierNames – winner
• New College Lanarkshire – You’re Not Alone
• University of Aberdeen – Cutting through the noise at COP26
• University of the West of Scotland – UWS Together

Widening Access Award

• Glasgow Kelvin College – Springburn Community and Youth Hub
• Royal Conservatoire of Scotland/Music Education Partnership Group – Music for Scotland
• Strathclyde Student’s Union – winner
• University of the West of Scotland, North Lanarkshire Council & New College Lanarkshire – North Lanarkshire Pathways and Partnership Project

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award

• Abertay University – Race Equality Charter and Diversity Fest
• City of Glasgow College – British Sign Language Action Plan
• Edinburgh Napier University – Bleedin’ Saor – commendation
• Edinburgh Napier University – Merchiston Publishing, “Books to Bairns”
• West College Scotland – Your Employability Skills (YES) – winner

Lifetime Achievement Award – sponsored by City of Glasgow College

• Professor Alan Miller – Scottish Universities Physics Alliance
• Professor John Struthers – University of the West of Scotland – winner
• Marjory Crooks – Edinburgh College
• Dr Veena O’Halloran – University of Strathclyde

Judges

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

Stephen Crowe
Assistant Director of Communications, Scottish Funding Council

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

Mhairi Harrington OBE

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

Shona Struthers
Chief Executive Officer, Colleges Scotland

Caroline Turnbull
Acting Director, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Event

The Herald Higher Education Awards 2022 will took place on Tuesday 31st May at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Glasgow.

The evening included an arrival drink, three course meal, half bottle of wine, official event programme, entertainment and the awards presentation. There was also the fantastic opportunity to network with other attendees working within the sector.

HOST

Jo Caulfield

Interested in finding out who has been shortlisted and won these awards in the past? Download or previous winners PDF.

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If you have any questions or need more information on the awards, please contact Events Manager, Linsey Hunter on 0141 302 6019 or linsey.hunter@newsquest.co.uk.

Linsey Hunter

Events Manager

linsey.hunter@newsquest.co.uk

0141 302 6019

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