Double delight as University scoops awards

Published: 26 November 2021

Two prestigious titles for JMSLH and UofG Security

The James McCune Smith Learning Hub collected two prestigious titles last week, being named as Project of the Year and also won the Pupil/Student experience category at the prestigious Learning Places Scotland Awards.

In a landmark week for the University, Claire Lowe was also named as Security Manager of the Year at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards.

The Learning Places Scotland Awards judges recognised that the iconic James McCune Smith Learning Hub embodies the University’s vision to deliver an excellent student experience and create an excellent leaning environment.

Since it opened the JMSLH has proven hugely popular with students, providing a vibrant and transformational learning experience.

Prof Frank Coton, Senior-Vice Principal and Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University, and project sponsor during construction of the James McCune Smith Learning Hub, said: “The aim throughout this project was to set a benchmark for the learning and teaching experience in higher education by creating a building that was tailored to the needs of our University community. It has been incredibly heartening to see how students and colleagues have responded to the building since it opened and how popular it has become.”

Susan Ashworth, Executive Director of Information Services, said: “From day one the development of the JMSLH was collaborative. We involved staff and students from across the University to ensure it was designed with the student experience at its very heart so it’s wonderful to have that recognised in the Learning Places Scotland Pupil/Student Experience Award.”

Claire Lowe, Security Operations Manager at the University, leads on the introduction of our new SafeZone technology, which ensures staff and student safety on our campuses. She is known for her calm leadership style, particularly in crises, which has helped colleagues work through the unpredictable conditions of the last 18 months.

Claire said: “I am deeply honoured to receive this award so early on in my security career, it would not have been possible without the encouragement, support, and guidance from the management and security team.  I would also like to thank AUCSO (Association of University Chief Security Officers) for introducing me to the women in security working group and Critical Arc Safe Zone Team for supporting this award.”

First published: 26 November 2021