Inaugural IHE Awards Celebrate Innovation & Best Practice Across the Independent Sector


The inaugural Independent Higher Education Awards were held on Monday 27 November, alongside the 2017 IHE Annual Conference dinner. The Awards ceremony was hosted by Mark Leach, Editor of our Conference Media Partners, WonkHE. The 2017 Awards were spread across six categories designed to celebrate excellence, innovation and best practice across the independent sector.

The Innovation in Digital Teaching and Learning Award, sponsored by JISC, was won by KLC School of Design for their innovative VLE and digital teaching methods, with Point Blank Music School as the runners-up with their VLE system which includes live tutorials and masterclass broadcasts.

The Excellence in Student Community Award, sponsored by The Student Engagement Partnership (TSEP), went to the London School of Business and Management for the work of their Student Guild, Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) project and anti-extremism Encourage programme. The runners-up were Futureworks with their innovative institutional student representation framework.

The Industry Partnership of the Year Award, sponsored by Shakespeare Martineau, was won by the Academy of Contemporary Music for their partnership with the world renowned Metropolis Studios in Chiswick, London. The runners-up were Edge Hotel School for their partnerships with leading hotels including the five star South Lodge Hotel and Capital Hotel.

The Best International Student Experience Award, sponsored by The PIE News, went to Richmond University whose Department of Student Affairs hosts an ‘international week’ every Autumn term, to celebrate the community’s diversity through art, music, food, language and culture. The runners-up in this category were Le Cordon Bleu London, who welcome a wide range of international students to study their world renowned culinary and hospitality programmes.

The Breakthrough in Course Design or Delivery Award, sponsored by Hotcourses Group, was won by KLC School of Design for the unique aspects of their online FdA in Interior Design course, where students are organised in smaller study groups and have regular live peer review and feedback sessions. The runners-up were Edge Hotel School for their Consultancy Project module, where students were able to work on real hospitality business projects.

The Outstanding Support for the Student Learning Experience Award, sponsored by Amosshe, went to The Academy of Contemporary Music for the excellent work of their Student Services department across student support and wellbeing, disability and education guidance, and counselling. The runners-up were Futureworks for their wide range of initiatives which support and enhance the student learning experience.

Click here to view the full list of Winners and Runners-up.

  • Posted by Independent HE
  • On 29th November 2017

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