College and university achievements celebrated

Dr Janet Brown, SQA Chief Executive, with representatives from Innovation@RGU (left) and from A.C.Whyte Skills Academy and West College Scotland (r)

SQA celebrated innovative partnerships between employers and Scotland’s colleges and universities at the Herald Higher Education Awards.

We attended the ceremony to present the Outstanding Business Engagement in Universities and Colleges awards, which were amongst 16 categories recognising excellence across the higher education sector.

The finalists in the Outstanding Business Engagement categories have worked with employers to develop work experience opportunities for students. These partnerships are providing students with key skills, whilst delivering employers’ workforce development needs.

Finalists in the Outstanding Business Engagement in Universities category were: Robert Gordon University – Innovation@RGU; University of Edinburgh – Data Driven Innovation Programme; University of Glasgow – Clinical Innovation Zone – Driving Precision Medicine and; University of Glasgow – Supporting NHS Counter Fraud Services.

Announced as the winner at the ceremony was the Robert Gordon University Innovation@RGU project, which has seen entrepreneurship and innovation embedded across the university, in support of economic growth.

Shortlisted for the Outstanding Business Engagement in Colleges Award were: Fife College – Creating the Life Science Workforce of Tomorrow – Partnership between Fife College, NHS Lothian and The University of Edinburgh; West College Scotland – A.C Whyte Skills Academy and; West Highland College UHI – Dynamic Workforce Development

Lifting the trophy on the evening was the A.C. Whyte Skills Academy, in partnership with West College Scotland. The Academy provides A.C. Whyte Ltd. with a sustainable, highly skilled workforce, by providing practical training and the chance to work towards SQA qualifications in external wall insulation.”

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, Robert Gordon University and the A.C. Whyte Skills Academy in partnership with West College Scotland.


                                               All the award winners pose with their trophies