Employer partnerships celebrated at Herald Higher Education Awards

SQA finance director Linda Ellison presents the team from West Lothian College with their award

SQA helped celebrate innovative partnerships between employers and Scotlandís universities and colleges at the annual Herald Higher Education Awards.

SQA presented the Outstanding Employer Engagement in Colleges and Universities awards at the glittering ceremony, where 13 other trophies were handed to institutions which have shown dedication to improving the learning experience of their students.

The finalists in the Outstanding Employer Engagement categories have worked with industry to establish real-life work experience opportunities for their students. Edinburgh Napier Universityís Built Environment Exchange Programme offers paid international placements for students interested in a career in low carbon construction, while the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities engages in mutually beneficial knowledge exchange programmes with organisations in the creative industries.

In the College category, West Lothian College impressed with their partnership with Mitsubishi, which sees students work with the car manufacturer in Malaysia as part of the British Councilís Skills for Employability programme.

Meanwhile, the experience gained by students studying for Glasgow Clyde Collegeís Profession Development Award (PDA) in Rehabilitation Technologies benefits their employers in the fields of Orthotics, Prosthetics and Orthopaedic Footwear Manufacture.

The awards were presented to West Lothian College and Mitsubushi, and Edinburgh Napier University.

SQA's Linda Ellson presents Edinburgh Napier University with their award.

Linda Ellison, SQA Director of Finance, said: ďThe 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, West Lothian College and Mitsubushi, and Edinburgh Napier University.Ē

For full deatils of all the winners from the ceremony, visit the Herald Events website.