National Guardian University Awards Shortlist

CraigMahoneyUWS has been shortlisted in two categories for the national 2018 Guardian University Awards!

Our Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Craig Mahoney, has been shortlisted in the category of Inspiring Leader and is the only leader from a Scottish institution in the running for this highly prestigious award.

The School of Business & Enterprise has also been shortlisted in the category of Course & Curriculum Design for their use of digital technologies and innovative pedagogical approach to teaching.

For the Inspiring Leader category, leaders were nominated by the Guardian University Awards judging panel and shortlisted by Guardian journalists.

The award aims to celebrate inspirational leadership in UK higher education and, says the Guardian:

“This award recognises a leader who has brought out the best in the people they work with to achieve exceptional results. They champion innovation and collaboration, deliver real change for their institution and the sector, and inspire the higher education community.”

The winner will be selected by readers of the Guardian Higher Education Network in an online poll.  To cast your vote for Craig before voting closes on Friday 6th April please follow this link:

In announcing the Inspiring Leader shortlist the Guardian judges commented that “Craig has done a great job in advancing UWS.”

Dr Waiyin Hatton, Chair of the UWS Court, has welcomed the recognition of Craig’s leadership on the national stage.  She said:

“In just four years Craig has made a tremendous positive impact on UWS.  Our principle truth is that we are here for our students and it is this fundamental truth that is at the heart of Craig’s leadership of UWS. Our student retention rates are higher than ever before and continue to increase; we are currently bucking the national trend for application rates; UWS positive graduate destinations are strong; we are at the forefront of providing flexible and modern teaching to our students; we have opened our London Campus and are just about to see our new £100m state-of-the-art Lanarkshire campus open its doors to students this Autumn.  These are just some of the incredible achievements that have been delivered under Craig’s leadership and I am delighted that his vision and successes have been recognised on the national stage.  Just to be shortlisted for this award is a huge accolade and I hope that as a UWS community we get behind Craig and vote for him to win!”

Heather Armstrong, from the UWS Student’s Association (SAUWS), has also welcomed Craig’s shortlisting, she said

“We at SAUWS could not be more delighted to see Craig shortlisted for this award.  Craig’s leadership at UWS has resulted in great strides forward in terms of the whole student experience from academic life and facilities right through to opportunities for global citizenship equipping our students with the right blend of skills to make their mark on the world stage.”

The School of Business & Enterprise’s shortlisting in the category of Course & Curriculum Design showcases their pioneering immersive digital teaching solution which is delivering highly personalised, hyper-flexible and collaborative learning experiences for our students.

Welcoming their shortlisting Professor Mahoney said

“I am thrilled that the School of Business & Enterprise have been shortlisted for this very important award. The school has utilised new technologies including digital lectures, virtual/augmented reality and innovative teaching methods to support the needs of our diverse student population.  The team is providing student-centred, personalised and distinctive learning and teaching experiences for our students which are attributes that are absolutely central to our purpose as a university. Well done to everyone involved!”

The winners will be announced at a special ceremony on Tuesday 24th April in London.

To find out more about the awards online please go to