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11 April 2024

Capital College receives six Herald HE Awards nominations

Edinburgh College has been shortlisted in six categories at this year’s Herald HE Awards for a range of projects which represent outstanding examples of good practice and collaboration within the College.

Celebrating Higher Education institutions in Scotland and showcasing key aspects of education excellence within them, the awards recognise the excellent work, efforts and achievements of staff and students across Scotland’s colleges and universities.

The College has two colleagues who have been named finalists in the Outstanding Contribution from a Staff Member category. Michelle Skotzen has been named finalist for her work in championing the capabilities of Scotland’s colleges in the Innovation and Knowledge Exchange arena as well as facilitating a number of ground-breaking Innovation projects at Edinburgh College.

Rik Weightman has been shortlisted for his integral role in designing and delivering the Women in Digital and Data Innovation programme (funded by the Data Skills Gateway programme) which has seen a number of women from across Edinburgh and the Lothians access Data Science training, supporting them to gain a new career or with professional development.

Elsewhere, the College has been shortlisted in the following categories:

  • Enhancing Student Learning – recognising the creation and success of the unique Creative and Critical Thinking suite of qualifications led by Sheila Godfrey.


  • Equality Diversity and Inclusion – for the impact of the Women and Digital Data Innovation programme led by David Hiddleston and Rik Weightman as part of the Data Driven Innovation project, funded by the Data Skills Gateway programme, within the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region deal.


  • Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community – recognising the EC Sessions project which provides a safe and welcoming space for young people from the local community and across Edinburgh aged 12-18 to have meaningful non-formal music-making opportunities on a weekly basis.


  • Partnership – recognising an exciting new partnership between the College, Scottish Rugby and NHS Scotland to support the development of degree students’ skills in real life settings and embedding work-based learning into the curriculum.

The winners of the Herald HE Awards 2024 will be announced on Tuesday 28 May during an awards ceremony at the Radisson Blu hotel in Glasgow.

We are delighted to have received six nominations at this year’s Herald HE Awards. It is brilliant to have our staff and their immense work being recognised across the sector – each finalist truly deserves it. Congratulations and good luck to everyone who has been named a finalist.
Audrey Cumberford, Edinburgh College Principal