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01 June 2022

Edinburgh College wins Innovative Use of Technology Award at the 2022 Herald HE Awards

Edinburgh College collected the Innovative Use of Technology Award at the prestigious annual Herald HE Awards held at a ceremony in Glasgow last night (Tuesday 31 May 2022).

The win comes in recognition of a partnership between College staff and technology company Cadpeople to create a ground-breaking software programme which uses Virtual Reality (VR) to teach a key SQA Module in Dementia Care. The programme has delivered an immersive experience which prepares students for working with those living with dementia in our communities

The Dementia Care VR programme is at the heart of Edinburgh College’s Digital Care Hub project – a project which was driven by determination to provide a learning space that would fascinate students and foster skills and knowledge that could inspire career pathways to respond to a national health and care crisis.

The state-of-the-art facility also aims to help transform the teaching experience for students and aligns with the College’s commitment to providing students with an enhanced learning experience for many years to come as outlined in Edinburgh College’s Digital Strategy 2020-2025.

In addition, national skills gaps and challenges informed the design of the space, with priority around technology-enabled care.

The College also had five finalists in four other categories on the night. These include:

Partnership AwardEmerging Leaders programme and Edinburgh College’s Digital Care Hub in partnership with The University of Edinburgh

Supporting Student Wellbeing – Support for unaccompanied young people

Research Project of the Year – Edinburgh College Research Unit

Lifetime Achievement – Marjory Crooks

Congratulations to our Digital Care Hub team and Cadpeople on this fantastic win, they fully deserve their award and the recognition of their tremendous work over the past year. Congratulations also go to all of our finalists who can take immense pride in their work and to be recognised as finalists. As Principal of the College, I am privileged to see amazing examples of student and staff achievements on a daily basis and I’m delighted to see that celebrated by the sector as a whole. Well done to all winners.
Edinburgh College Principal, Audrey Cumberford