The winners of The Herald Higher Education (HE) Awards 2021 were announced at an interactive online ceremony last night.
Judges praised the exceptional calibre of all applications, recognising excellence and resilience in what has been a particularly challenging year for the sector.
Jason Miles-Campbell, head of Jisc Scotland and Jisc Northern Ireland, said:
“I’m absolutely delighted for all the winners of The Herald Awards 2021, whose creativity showcases the strength of Scottish Higher Education today.”
New College Lanarkshire (NCL) won the Jisc-sponsored Innovative Use of Technology Award for its ‘Virtual Autodesk Digital Construction Challenge’, which enabled students all over the UK to engage in a virtual competition for the construction sector. When COVID-19 forced WorldSkills UK 2020 to cancel, NCL lecturer Michael McGuire spotted an opportunity, and worked with CAD software design company, Autodesk to develop a digital alternative.
Jason offers “huge congratulations” to NCL, adding:
“We’ve seen universities and colleges worldwide pivot to digital over the past year, demonstrating their determination to do the best for their students – and in devising and delivering a virtual competition for UK learners during the pandemic, NCL has triumphed in the face of adversity. By partnering with industry and embracing digital, the university has celebrated students’ successes and driven engagement in challenging circumstances.”
Now in its sixth year, The Herald HE Awards programme celebrates outstanding initiatives from institutions in Scotland. Jisc’s managing director for HE, Jon Baldwin, was on the judging panel this year, and prizes were awarded in 16 categories - including student wellbeing, research, business engagement, promoting equality, technological innovation, and more.