Strathclyde University has scooped the top honour at the fourth Herald Higher Education Awards.

The university was named Higher Educational Institution of the Year and also picked up the awards for Widening Access and Innovative Use of Technology categories.

Marnie McKay also collected the accolade for an outstanding contribution from a student.

Dundee University also collected a number of awards at last night’s event which was held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Glasgow and hosted by comedian Fred MacAulay.

The institution took home the award for its Global Health Challenge project, Prostate Cancer Research and for Hand of X project.

Other winners included the Universities of Glasgow and St Andrews, West Lothian College and Glasgow Clyde College.

John Kemp, interim chief executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said: “We are delighted to have been part of this year’s Herald HE awards.

“The quality of last night’s finalists was incredibly high and a real testament to the great work going on in colleges and universities throughout Scotland.

“Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, your success was well deserved.”

Roy Gardner, executive director, Corporate Development & Innovation, City of Glasgow College, said: “What an incredible evening which rightly highlighted the innovative and world leading work going on across Scotland’s colleges and universities.

“City of Glasgow College was delighted to support the Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Fiona Killen, Anderson Strathern’s Education Governance Lead and Head of Parliamentary and Public Law, said: “We understand that Scottish higher education institutions are operating in a global market place, that they may face challenges and are often required to work in uncertain times, yet they continue to strive to achieve and sustain excellence in teaching and research.

“Tonight, some impressive examples of innovation and creativity by some very talented individuals have received well-earned recognition through these awards, further enhancing the reputation of their institution and of the Scottish higher education sector.”

Alan Walter, Partner at Dixon Walter said “Sincere congratulations to Glasgow Clyde College. Dixon Walter was delighted to sponsor this particular award as it gave us great pleasure to see such a worthy winner. “

Jason Miles-Campbell, Head of Jisc Scotland and Jisc Northern Ireland said: “The University of Strathclyde is an excellent example of how to use technology to our students’ advantage in higher education. We look forward to following their progress over coming years.”

Ailsa Crum, Head of Quality and Enhancement at QAA Scotland said: “We’re proud to be part of this annual celebration of the excellence, creativity and strength of Scotland’s universities. With staff and students like these, it’s not hard to see what makes higher education in Scotland truly world class. “

Dr Janet Brown, SQA Chief Executive, said: “The nominees in these categories are excellent examples of what can be achieved when colleges and universities work with employers. Through their creative and innovative partnerships, they are giving learners the best possible start to their careers, as well as meeting the needs of employers. Many congratulations to all the finalists, and in particular our winners, Edinburgh Napier University and West Lothian College.”

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