A Lancashire university has won a top national award for transforming its online learning provision.
The University of Central Lancashire won the Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year title at the Times Educational Awards.
The event is open to all UK higher education institutions, and UCLan was recognised for 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 students’ 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 was responsible for the project, said: “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.”
Now in its ninth year, the Times Higher Education Awards are a highlight of the academic calendar.
They celebrate the excellence and amazing achievements of institutions, teams and individuals in the UK higher education sector.
UCLan received its award at a glittering black tie event hosted by Sandi Toksvig, and the victory was witnessed by more than 1,000 people, who gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Park Lane.
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.