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Last night’s annual Herald HE awards were attended by around 300 guests who gathered in Glasgow to celebrate the achievements of universities and colleges across Scotland.

The event also recognises individual students and staff who make a significant contribution to academic life and includes a life-time achievement award for long-term dedication to higher education.

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 and JISC.


The 2023 Higher Educational Institution of the Year award was won by the University of Dundee. The prize for Research Project of the Year went to Glasgow Caledonian University’s Blood Borne Virus Prevention Team, with a commendation for the University of the West of Scotland’s AI project to protect the natural environment. The life-time achievement award was presented to Professor Sir Philip Cohen for his work in establishing the University of Dundee as a centre of research in life sciences.

Karen Watt, Chief Executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said:

“The 2023 Higher Education Awards ceremony was inspirational. It was also a fabulous celebration of everything that colleges and universities in Scotland have achieved in the past year. My congratulations to all the finalists and winners.”

Catherine Salmond, editor of The Herald, said:

“It has been fantastic to bring so many people together to celebrate and congratulate, to inspire and reward.

“As a member of the judging panel, it was a wonderful feeling to read about the inspiring work taking place in our universities and colleges. There are so many people doing such brilliant work in Scotland, leading the way academically, but also impacting fellow colleagues and students on home soil through their talent and dedication.”