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UCLan receives Times Higher Education Award

02 December 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

University applauded for online learning experience

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been recognised for transforming its online learning provision by the Times Higher Education Awards.

UCLan won the Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year Award at the event, which is open to all UK Higher Education institutions, for implementing its Digital Shift initiative to incorporate digital technology into many aspects of teaching and learning.

The programme ensures that tutors are readily available online to answer student questions and provide feedback, assignments can be submitted digitally and all first year course information, reading lists and key lectures are all now available online. The team is now working on remaining modules to roll the project out across the university.

Lisa Banks, the acting head of UCLan’s Learning and Information Systems team which implemented the project, commented: “We are thrilled to accept this award in recognition of our work on the Digital Shift project.

“We set out to truly transform the student experience and this ambitious programme of cultural change has combined technology and teaching to leverage institutional-wide benefits for both staff and students.”

“We set out to truly transform the student experience and this ambitious programme of cultural change has combined technology and teaching to leverage institutional-wide benefits for both staff and students.”

Now in their ninth year, the Times Higher Education Awards are a highlight of the academic calendar and celebrate the excellence and amazing achievements of institutions, teams and individuals in the UK higher education sector.

The Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills, Liam Byrne, joined universities from all over the country to celebrate the greatest ideas, the finest practice and the very best researchers and teachers.

“Our winners exemplify the extraordinary things that are going on in our universities and colleges day in, day out.”

Other awards at the glittering black-tie event, hosted by Sandi Toksvig, included prizes for the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year, Most Improved Student Experience, and Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology.

UCLan’s victory was witnessed by more than 1,000 people, who gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane for the awards.

John Gill, editor, Times Higher Education, said: “Once again this year’s judging process proved an inspiration for all involved. Our winners exemplify the extraordinary things that are going on in our universities and colleges day in, day out.”

The Times Higher Education Awards are held in association with Santander Universities and supported by the Higher Education Academy. The Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year Award was sponsored by JISC, a charity that champions the use of digital technologies in UK education and research.