University of Dundee leads the digital pack at Scottish higher education awards

University of Dundee wins in Jisc-sponsored innovative use of technology category at The Herald HE Awards.

The University of Dundee’s use of extended reality (technology that alters reality by adding digital elements to the physical environment - known as XR) has earned it a Jisc-sponsored accolade at the 2023 The Herald higher education (HE) awards.

Now in its eighth year, the competition celebrates the best of Scotland’s universities and colleges and highlights hard work and innovation across teaching and learning.

Jisc, as the UK’s digital and data body for tertiary education and research, annually sponsors a category for innovative use of technology.

The University of Dundee collaborated with Danish and Scottish police forces to develop new approaches to training for forensic practitioners using XR. The project not only helped develop new global partnerships with legal professionals and the public, but also led to developments in accessible and fit-for-purpose tools to improve justice outcomes. The university also celebrated success in categories for “enhancing student learning” and “outstanding contribution from a university student” and was named institution of the year as published in The Herald.

Jason Miles-Campbell, director of Jisc Scotland, said:

“Congratulations to the team at the University of Dundee. This project showcases how effective collaboration can drive forward innovation for the benefit of society.

“The use of XR in the study of forensics is a great example of how advancements in technology can enhance not only the tools we use, but also who is able to use them through improvements in accessibility. This will allow skilled individuals who may not previously have been able to follow a career in this field to realise their ambitions whilst also helping others in our communities.

“Well done to all the winners and finalists.

“Jisc is a key sponsor of The Herald HE awards and is proud to help recognise the institutions, teachers and learners that are driving excellence across the higher education sector in Scotland.”

Finalists for the award for innovative use of technology were: