Strathclyde earns seven nominations in six categories at the Herald HE Awards


Aerial view of the University of Strathclyde campus

The University received seven nominations in six categories in the Herald Higher Education Awards, which celebrate excellence in Scottish universities.

The nominations also include two more for Strathclyde Student’s Union, Strath Union, which was shortlisted in the Widening Access and Supporting Student Wellbeing categories.

The nominations fell into the following categories:

Student Learning Improvement Award

Inspired by Strathclyde aims to unlock the entrepreneurial aspirations of all Strathclyders and create an environment in which the creation and growth of businesses multiply and thrive, contributing to the University’s vision “to make a positive difference in the lives of our students , society and the world”.

Research Project of the Year (STEM)

The Microplate Dx Project started in 2017 as a collaboration between the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, with support from NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. The goal of the project is to eliminate empirical antibiotic prescribing, ensure the right antibiotic gets to the patient as quickly as possible, reduce antibiotic resistance and improve antibiotic stewardship.

Exceptional Business Engagement in Universities

The Sir Jules Thorn Center for the Co-Creation of Rehabilitation Technologies was launched by the Strathclyde Biomedical Engineering Rehabilitation Research Group in 2021 with funding from the Sir Jules Thorn Trust to develop innovations for people recovering from stroke and other debilitating conditions. The Center develops new technologies for use at home and in recreation centers to support individual recovery and develop tailored exercise programs. Recovering patients have been recruited through an innovative partnership with Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland.

A knowledge transfer partnership with Fathom Systems, a leading manufacturer of innovative products and services for the commercial diving industry was established to monitor the capability of its CSMTS (Critical System Monitoring and Tracking System). It follows information from SPHL (Self-Propelled Hyperbaric Lifeboat), a type of craft used by saturation divers, which descend to depths that make decompression after each dive impossible. It also took on an unforeseen dimension amid the COVID-19 pandemic, when skills, knowledge and technology were adapted to produce a new ventilator.

Innovative use of technology
The COVID-19 pandemic created an unprecedented challenge for all universities in March 2020 when lockdown restrictions meant switching from in-person teaching and learning to remote teaching and learning. Strathclyde staff have responded with innovation, agility and hard work to continue to provide students with the highest quality learning experience possible under the circumstances. The inspiring efforts of staff have ensured high levels of student satisfaction with their learning experience.

Outstanding contribution to the local community

Social Responsibility Pathway

The Social Responsibility pathway, run by the university’s Access, Equality and Inclusion team, gives students experience working with external initiatives and organizations that have a positive social impact. Since 2014-2015, 1,250 students have worked with 28 external organizations and charities – tackling issues such as poverty, homelessness and support for the community of newly arrived refugees – and with students from 63 secondary schools .

Life Achievement Award

Dr. Veena O’Halloran, formerly University Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, has been a tireless advocate for the health, safety and well-being of the University community. As Strathclyde’s COVID-19 Manager, she worked around the clock to put systems and processes in place to protect and support nearly 24,000 students and over 4,000 staff. Dr. O’Halloran also played a leading role in developing the University’s Broadening Engagement Strategy and in 2017 supported the launch of the pioneering national toolkit Equally Safe in Higher Education.

Union Strath

Student Welfare Support Award

the Hear to listen pilot welfare project to provide pastoral support by students, for students, has trained more than 100 volunteer “Listeners” since its launch last September. The service, operated by Strath Union, offers friendly, non-judgmental and confidential wellness support in person and online.

Expand Access

The union developed the role of an Access and Participation Coordinator, the first of its kind in a student union, this role being funded by the University as a strategic project proposal. A number of initiatives included creating a presence for expanding access on the website, carrying out awareness campaigns during Care Experienced Week 2020/21 and Distant Student Solidarity Week 2020/21.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on May 31.


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