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Inspiring Educators are Shaping the Future of education in Scotland

The winners of the Imaginative Educator Awards were announced yesterday at the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE)’s Shaping the Future online conference. The awards recognise exceptional responses from individual educators and teams in colleges and universities to the teaching challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Award winners per category are:

INDIVIDUAL EDUCATOR, UNIVERSITY

Professor Kathleen Riach,
Director, Responsible & Sustainable Management
University of Glasgow

Launched an intergenerational mentoring scheme, connecting students with over-50s to help develop digital access and confidence during lockdown.

TEAM, UNIVERSITY

RGU Education & Support
(EIG, GAC, EPE & Academic Schools)
Robert Gordon University

Developed innovative procedures to enhance student skillsets and preparation for self-employment during Covid-19, including online delivery of general teaching as well as commencement of SISA-accredited modules the creation of an online Entrepreneurship Summer School.

INDIVIDUAL EDUCATOR, COLLEGE

Helena Good,
Edinburgh College

Worked with the class of 2020 to replace final projects with real world briefs, matching students with charities and businesses affected by COVID-19.

TEAM, COLLEGE

Dance Studio Scotland,
Glasgow Clyde College

Created a unified dance piece by editing together choreography filmed by students in isolation, which in turn became the prototype for an innovative, collaborative approach to the virtual staging of an end of term ensemble performance.


The Shaping the Future conference wrapped up the Festival of Innovation, a summer long programme of inspirational interviews, activities and competitions.

Speaking about the winners, Fiona Godsman, Chief Executive of SIE said:

“Congratulations to all our award winners. The best responses had the potential to build a positive legacy beyond the current crisis and address the challenges of the future. The winners, and all of the finalists, should be very proud of themselves.

During the summer-long Festival of Innovation, we have sought to provide inspiration, support, and recognise the excellent work of our educators here in Scotland and the imagination and potential of our students. While it comes to an end with the Conference, there is much to celebrate.

Scotland’s universities and colleges have proven themselves up to not just the current crisis but the challenges of the future.”

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