SRUC shortlisted for top education awards

Published Wednesday, 14th June 2017 in Study at SRUC news

Herald Awards

Staff at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are celebrating after becoming one of the Herald Higher Education Awards finalists.

This is the second consecutive year that SRUC is shortlisted in the category of Innovation Technology Excellence, bringing the organisation to the forefront of innovation in teaching and learning. The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony that will take place on Thursday 6th July in Glasgow.

The Herald Higher Education Awards are open to all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Scotland and celebrate the extraordinary achievements in our universities and colleges. The awards recognise the high standard of education that is offered throughout Scotland, and the level of learning that is produced every year.

In the Innovation Technology Excellence category, E-Learning Developer Ali Hastie and his team, based at SRUC’s Barony Campus, are elated with the acknowledgement received in their field. The award recognises institutions using innovative technology to accomplish new forms of student delivery, learning and research. Also nominated in the same category are the University of Glasgow with two separate projects and the University of Aberdeen.

Ali said: “Being shortlisted for another prestigious national award, and within the same category as last year, is evidence SRUC is making a significant contribution in improving the skill levels in young people and adult learners using technologies within an innovative and creative manner. 

“One of our goals with this particular project was to digitally develop and showcase ‘Employable Students’ within an authentic teaching and learning experience using emerging and engaging technologies with real client-based contracts.

“We have tough competition in our category again this year, but the staff and students are extremely proud to have reached the finals and to be collaborating with Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) in developing this initiative further for Scotland’s education sector.”

David James, SRUC’s Head of Education, said: “We are incredibly proud of SRUC staff for showing genuine leadership in the sector to improve the prospects of students in the world of work with the use of technology.”

Photo caption: SRUC Barony’s Arboriculture students with Ali Hastie, e-Learning Developer (far left) and lecturer Andrew Treadaway (third left).

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