Information Technology is integral to every aspect of the operation of universities and colleges. The UCISA Award for Excellence is intended to recognise IT/IS departments that make an exceptional contribution to their institutions, highlighting levels of excellence demonstrated by UCISA members within the UK higher and further education sector.
The 2016 Award for Excellence has been won by the University of St Andrews for their IT apprentice scheme. The panel recognised that the scheme delivered benefits to a wide range of stakeholders, creating a pipeline for IT staff resources for the benefit of both the University and local employers, providing young people with the opportunity to learn from experienced colleagues and improving customer satisfaction. It was also noted that the initiative engaged with Governmental agendas. The panel noted that the model had been adopted by other universities in Scotland, thus demonstrating its transferability.
The submission from the University of Sheffield was Highly Commended. The project, Creative Media for the Digital Graduate, sought to enhance student employability by equipping them with the skills and experience to create professional quality video and audio media content.
The submissions from the University of Oxford and the University of York were both Commended.
Nine entries were submitted for this year's Award. Details of all the submissions are now available on the website