20 May 2021 

Fife College has been shortlisted in two categories at this year’s Herald Higher Education Awards.

The College has been recognised in the Innovative Use of Technology and Enhancing Student Learning categories for their efforts to support learning during a challenging academic year.

The Connected Labs project, part of the College’s significant investment in its digital infrastructure throughout the pandemic, has been shortlisted in the Innovative Use of Technology category for work which created a bespoke virtual desktop for construction students.

The desktop has allowed students from Built Environment and Interior Design courses remote access to high spec software, such as AutoCAD, Revit, Google SketchupPro and the Adobe Design Suite, which would usually require a high end, expensive device to access.

A unique off-site delivery model by the College’s Prison Learning Centre staff during lockdown is recognised in the Enhancing Student Learning category.

Prison-based staff, who deliver the College’s national learning and skills contract within 13 Scottish Prison Service establishments across Scotland, adapted their model to distribute a range of learning packs to all prisons within weeks of the first lockdown.

Over 30,000 packs, covering subjects such as mental health and wellbeing, and creative arts, were distributed to learners in all establishments to ensure they were still getting a positive learning experience despite restrictions to on-site teaching.

Dorothee Leslie, Vice Principal – Academic Strategy at Fife College, said:

“We am delighted that our work over the past year has been recognised at the Herald Higher Education Awards. 

“Being named as finalists at these awards highlights the awesome commitment and dedication of our staff to deliver our curriculum and support students during the most challenging of academic years. 

“Well done to all staff and partners involved in both of these projects.”

Now in their sixth year, The Herald Higher Education Awards recognise the outstanding performance of colleges and universities across 16 categories.

The awards touch on all key aspects of higher education and help to build future excellence by facilitating the sharing of good practice.

This year’s awards will take place on Thursday 17 June via a virtual event platform, Awards Room. An interactive virtual venue that brings together host, award presenters, sponsors and guests, The Awards Room will allow those attending to connect in a unique way.

For more information about The Herald Higher Education Awards visit the Newsquest Scotland Events website