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University of the West of Scotland (UWS) has been shortlisted for five awards across four categories of the prestigious Herald Higher Education Awards.

The University is shortlisted for Research Project of the Year for two separate research projects, as well as Outstanding Contribution from a University Student, Marketing/PR Campaign of the Year and the Partnership Award.

UWS’ ground-breaking discovery into the world’s first viable preventative treatment for Acanthamoeba keratitis, a devastating eye condition prevalent amongst contact lens users, led by UWS’ Professor Fiona Henriquez and a joint research project between UWS and the University of Edinburgh looking into the integration of British Transport Police into Police Scotland have been nominated in the Research Project of the Year category.

The university’s collaboration with NHS 24, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership is up for the Partnership Award. This teaching innovation has been developed by UWS lecturers Susan Rae and Gillian Gamble and the multiagency collaboration combines a breadth of expertise to develop and inspire undergraduate student nurses in the area of technology-enabled care. 

The Marketing/PR Campaign of the Year shortlisting relates to redesigned open days rolled out by the university last autumn to further enhance the experience for potential new applicants including TED style talks with academics to inspire and subject immersion zones to shine a light on the different courses on offer. Supplemented by a targeted digital campaign to reach key audiences.

Whilst final year MSc Mental Health student Claire Stevenson has been nominated for Outstanding Contribution from a University Student for her notable role as Founder and Convenor of the UWS Nursing Society, as well as for her significant contribution to the Student Staff Liaison Group.

Commenting on the nominations, Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice Chancellor of UWS said: “This is an outstanding achievement for UWS to be nominated for five awards at the prestigious Herald Higher Education Awards."

"To be recognised across so many different facets of the university really goes to show the excellence being showcased day in and day out by our students and staff. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every person involved for their hard work and commitment."
UWS Principal Prof Craig Mahoney

Now in their fifth year, The Herald Higher Education Awards recognise outstanding higher education institutions in Scotland. The awards feature 16 categories touching on all aspects of higher education, helping to build future excellence by facilitating the sharing of good practice.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday 5 June.

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