The Herald’s Higher Education Awards 2016 announce finalists

Universities Scotland has welcomed the announcement of the finalists for the second year of the The Herald’s Higher Education Awards. The awards, in association with the University of the West of Scotland, comprise 12 categories that look to recognise the outstanding achievements of colleges and universities.

We are supporting the awards this year and have sponsored the Partnership Award category, which is about innovative collaboration between institutions with a transformative impact. The awards will take place at a gala dinner on Thursday, July 14 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow. (Full details here.)

Universities Scotland’s Director, Alastair Sim, who was part of the expert judging panel for the awards, said:


“The quality of entries from universities and colleges reflects the breadth of excellence across all aspects of the higher education sector. I was impressed by the range of projects submitted and struck by how many of them had the potential to transform peoples’ lives.”

“It has been difficult task to choose the final shortlist, but all the entrants should be very proud of what they’re contributing to Scotland.”


The full list of finalists can be found below and we wish all shortlisted institutions well ahead of the awards dinner on 14 July:


2016 Shortlist

Student Support Team of the Year

  • Edinburgh Napier University – The Confident Futures (CF) initiative
  • Glasgow Caledonian University – The Disability Team
  • University of Edinburgh – The International Student Advisory Service (ISAS)
  • University of Glasgow – Counselling and Psychological Service

Academic Support Team of the Year

  • Heriot-Watt University – The Research Futures Team
  • University of Glasgow – The Medical Genetics Teaching Team
  • University of The Highlands and Island’s – Educational Development Unit

Outstanding Contribution from a Student

  • Claudia Wasige – University of Glasgow
  • Fergus Taylor – University of Glasgow
  • John Beattie – University of the West of Scotland
  • Natasha Kerr – Ayrshire College
  • Robert Murray – University of Stirling

Enhancing Student Learning Award – Sponsored by QAA Scotland

  • Glasgow Caledonian University – Using simulation in Learning Disability Nurse Education
  • University of Glasgow – School of Psychology
  • University of Stirling – Being Dementia Smart [BDS]
  • University of Strathclyde – DMEM

Research Project of the Year

  • Heriot Watt & University of Edinburgh – The Edinburgh Super-Resolution Imaging
  • University of Glasgow & University of Strathclyde – Gravitational Waves

Outstanding Employer Engagement – Sponsored by SQA

  • Ayrshire College – Making Your Business Our Business
  • Glasgow Caledonian University – The School for Work Based Education (SWBE)
  • University of Glasgow – Careers Service and RSIO
  • University of the West of Scotland – Strategic partnership with St Mirren Football Club

Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community

  • Glasgow Caledonian University – Gathering the Voices
  • Queen Margaret University – Queen Margaret Children’s University
  • University of Glasgow – Superhero Science: Agents of A.W.E.S.O.M.E
  • University of the West of Scotland – Jenny’s Diary

Partnership Award – Sponsored by Universities Scotland

  • Abertay University – Dundee Academy of Sport
  • Edinburgh Napier University – Scottish Prison Service & Fife College
  • Glasgow Clyde College – NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC)
  • Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) – Land-based Strategy

Campaign of the Year – Sponsored by ABSOLUTE

  • City of Glasgow College & Nil By Mouth – Kiss Bigotry Goodbye
  • University of Edinburgh – #LetsTalk – Mental Health and Wellbeing Awareness Week
  • University of Glasgow – Gravitational Waves Coverage
  • University of Glasgow – World Changers Welcome

Widening Access Award – Sponsored by Scottish Funding Council

  • Queen Margaret University – Mad People’s History and Identity
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • University of Glasgow – FOCUS West

Innovation Technology Excellence Award – Sponsored by JISC

  • Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) – Animal and Equine Department
  • University of Glasgow – School of Mathematics and Statistics

Lifetime Achievement Award – Sponsored by City of Glasgow College

  • To be announced on the night

Higher Education Institution of the Year – Sponsored by Anderson Strathern

  • To be announced on the night