Fife College was delighted to hear this week that it has been shortlisted for six categories at this year’s Herald Higher Education Awards.

Now in their fifth year, the prestigious awards recognise outstanding higher education institutions in Scotland with the majority of entries coming from universities. Fife College is thrilled to have been recognised by the judges in six out of the seven categories it applied to which is the highest number for any college finalist this year.

With a broad spectrum of categories, the awards touch on all key aspects of higher education and help to build future excellence by facilitating the sharing of good practice.

Fife College are finalists in a range of categories which recognise its fantastic work in partnership with other organisations. These include the Outstanding Business Engagement in Colleges Award category for Fife College’s work with NHS Lothian and the University of Edinburgh to create the School for Health Science and Technology. The School is helping to create the life science workforce of tomorrow, enabling students to gain on-the-job experience while addressing current and future skills shortages in Scotland.

A unique project led by staff working in Fife College’s Learning Centre at HMP Cornton Vale is also a great example of multi-agency working. The health and wellbeing programme ‘Team Sally’, which is making a difference to the health and confidence of learners, has been shortlisted for the Partnership Award category.

The College’s pioneering work to raise attainment and improve numeracy skills in Fife through MathsLAB, based in its Levenmouth Campus, has also made it through to the shortlist for the Enhancing Student Learning Award category.

And it’s not just teams that have made the shortlist - individuals from Fife College are also delighted to be finalists. Student President Carol Hunter is through to the finals of the Outstanding Contribution from a College Student category while Students’ Association Manager, Craig Walker is through to the Outstanding Contribution from a Staff Member category.

The College is also pleased to be shortlisted for its Marketing skills reaching the finals in the Marketing/PR campaign of the Year category for its success in promoting the Flexible Workforce Development Fund, where it used a targeted organic social media campaign and business breakfast to exceed its goals.

Hugh Hall, Fife College Principal, said: “I am absolutely delighted to hear that we are finalists in six categories at the Herald Higher Education Awards 2019.  This is a fantastic result for the whole College and one which recognises the work we do every day to ensure we continue to deliver excellent opportunities for our students.

“A huge well done to all staff and partners involved, each and every one is truly deserving and I wish them all the very best of luck at the awards evening next month.”

The Herald Higher Education Awards 2019 event takes place on Wednesday, June 5 at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow.

Full list of categories which Fife College has been shortlisted for is as follows: 

  • Enhancing Student Learning Award – MathsLAB, Levenmouth Campus
  • Outstanding Contribution from a College Student - Carol Hunter
  • Outstanding Contribution from a Staff Member - Craig Walker
  • Outstanding Business Engagement in Colleges Award – School for Health Science and Technology partnership with NHS Lothian and the University of Edinburgh
  • Partnership Award – Team Sally HMP Cornton Vale
  • Marketing/PR Campaign of the Year – Flexible Workforce Development Fund