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Research Impact

Over 250 guests from colleges and universities across Scotland gathered last night for the Herald Higher Education awards; the first to be held in person since 2019. 

The annual awards celebrate achievements in teaching and research and shine a spotlight on widening access, student support and business engagement. They also recognise individual students and staff who make a significant contribution to academic life. 

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) has been involved in the awards since the first event in 2015. This year SFC supported the Research Project of the Year Award joining other high-profile sponsors such as QAA Scotland, JISC and City of Glasgow College.  

The coveted Higher Educational Institution of the Year award was won by the University of the West of Scotland. The prize for Research Project of the Year went to the University of Aberdeen for its Cool Farm Tool project. Marking the extraordinary efforts of colleges and universities to support their students during the pandemic, the Supporting Student Wellbeing Award attracted record entries in this year’s awards. It was won by the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy for the Listening Service  

Donald Martin, editor-in-chief, The Herald and The Herald on Sunday, said: 


“The depth and breadth of initiatives being carried out in our higher education institutions is quite exceptional and it was only right that we had the chance to honour the organisations, staff and students who are at the forefront of so many exciting projects.” 


The full list of winners in the 2022 Herald Higher Education Awards 2022 is available here