Lighthouse Lab wins Scottish KE Award

The University of Glasgow-hosted Lighthouse Lab COVID-19 testing facility has won Best COVID-19 Collaborative Response at the 2021 Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards.

The Lighthouse Lab, located on the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Campus, is one of the largest academic-run diagnostic facilities in the world and has recently reached the 10 million COVID-19 test milestone.

“Winning at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards is fantastic recognition of all our partners, who have worked together seamlessly over the past year with a shared vision to support our NHS," says Dr Carol Clugston, Dean of Corporate Engagement & Innovation and COO of the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences.

The University had four finalists at the awards, which took place on 21 April. The others were:

  • Professor Fiona Macpherson and Dr Neil McDonnell from the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience, in the Powerful Partnerships category. Working in collaboration with leading Scottish immersive technology company Sublime, they have created ‘Edify’, a virtual reality learning platform that allows students to access the benefits of virtual reality teaching from their own homes. The project catalysed a new company and has already created 21 new jobs.
  • CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensing, Imaging & the Internet of Things (IoT) Technologies, which is hosted by UofG, in the Powerful Partnerships category. Working in collaboration with Thales UK, the University of West of Scotland and Police Scotland, the project has developed groundbreaking AI technology, which could save lives by identifying missing and vulnerable people.
  • The Scotland 5G Centre, in the Multiparty Collaboration category. The Centre’s founding partners – University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde, and Scottish Futures Trust – have brought together industry, the research community and Scottish Government to accelerate the deployment and adoption of 5G in Scotland.

First published: 3 May 2021