There were celebrations at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow last night when the winners of the 2022 Herald Higher Education Awards were announced.
This is the seventh year that the awards have been held and the results confirmed the exceptionally high standards of teaching and leadership that prevail in the sector.
For the winners, it was a welcome opportunity to celebrate in the company of friends and colleagues and to share the excitement of seeing leading figures and rising stars in Scottish higher education recognized for their work.
Among the winners was the City of Glasgow College, which received the Enhancing Student Learning Award sponsored by QAA Scotland for its ‘Learn it. Win it’ project.
The Research Project of the Year award, sponsored by the Scottish Funding Council, went to the University of Aberdeen for its Cool Farm Tool, which aims to tackle greenhouse gas emissions in production eating.
The Chaplaincy at the University of Edinburgh won the Supporting Student Wellbeing award, sponsored by Studiosity, for its Listening Service initiative, while the Innovative Use of Technology award, sponsored by Jisc, went to Edinburgh College for his experience of dementia in virtual reality.
A total of sixteen awards were handed out during the evening, including the Widening Student Access award, which was won by Strathclyde University Students‘ Union and Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community, which was won by Lorraine Wilkinson of Fife College.
It was a triple celebration for the University of the West of Scotland, which was not only named Higher Education Institution of the Year, but whose staff member, Professor John Struthers, received the Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by the City of Glasgow College, while another of their colleagues, Khadija Mohammed received the Outstanding Contribution of a Staff Member award.
Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive of the City of Glasgow College, sponsor of the Lifetime Achievement Award, said: “I have been delighted to present the award to Professor Struthers and to witness the breadth of inspiring and innovative work that takes place in our area. Scottish colleges are proven economic and civic anchor institutions that the Herald Higher Education Awards rightly celebrate year after year. Well-deserved congratulations go to all the nominees and winners. »
There was also praise for the innovation and achievements of other sponsors.
Jason Miles-Campbell, Director of Jisc Scotland & Jisc Norther Ireland, said: “Edinburgh College’s VR Dementia Experience project is inspiring: an outstanding example of how technology can support skills development. essentials that employers appreciate. It addresses a clear and enduring need in the healthcare sector, encouraging understanding and empathy in ways that would be difficult or impossible without technology. At the same time, it was delivered in an accessible way that provides a model for developing similar VR resources to support other areas.
And Lewis McKinnon, Head of Partner Development at Studiosity, said, “We have seen such crucial, innovative and humble initiatives from everyone who participated in the Supporting Student Wellbeing Award. As a student-first organization, we recognize that until the myriad issues that contribute to student well-being are recognized, addressed, and supported, student success is invariably a hard act to track. Our company’s mission is to increase life chances, one student at a time; so it was an absolute honor to be the patron of this award, recognizing the great work being done to support university and college students across Scotland. It was also an honor to present the award last night, and once again our heartfelt congratulations to the winning team from the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy, for their initiative ‘The Listening Service’.
Donald Martin, Editor of The Herald and The Herald on Sunday, said: ‘The depth and breadth of initiatives at our higher education institutions is quite exceptional and it was right that we were given the chance to honor the organizations, staff and students who are at the forefront of so many exciting projects. »
During the evening, guests were entertained by musician Gordon Robertson and David Laing of the Capella String Quartet.
For more details on the winners and runners-up, visit the event website.