Innovators Magazine and The Herald collaborated to launch this event to recognise the innovation economy’s importance in delivery a sustainable future for all.

A number of Glasgow City of Science and Innovation partners were honoured at the event held at Glasgow Science Centre on 13 September.

The University of Glasgow, led by the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS) won the Collaboration for Change Award, which recognises the College’s role in transforming healthcare innovation through the development and implementation of precision medicine, an emerging approach which enables doctors and researchers to identify and develop treatments that are effective for specific groups of patients.

The Collaboration for Change award recognises the University’s ‘triple helix’ approach to precision medicine: partnering with industry and the NHS to create a thriving new biomedical innovation cluster at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH).

Dr Carol Clugston, Chief Operating Officer for the College of MVLS, said: “This award is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved at the College of MVLS, and the University of Glasgow as a whole.

“The University of Glasgow’s collaboration with industry at the QEUH has created a focal point for the implementation of precision medicine in Scotland. We hope this has created a lasting legacy for Glasgow through global reputation, significant economic development and inward investment to the City, and ultimately will, we believe, improve the health of patients in Scotland and beyond by the development of new and more effective treatments.”

City of Glasgow College sponsored the Innovating in STEM Education/Training Award, which was awarded to University of Strathclyde for a range of initiatives to interest young people in careers in science, engineering, technology and mathematics. One of the most successful is the Scottish Space School, an annual-week long residential course for S5 pupils which offers lectures, labs and workshops and regularly features appearances by NASA astronauts and engineers.

Since its inception more than a decade ago, the Space School has been attended by well over 100 pupils, more than half of whom have gone on to work in engineering, science and technology. Ayrshire College picked up a commendation in this category.

Strathclyde’s Dr Holly Butler, a Research Associate in Strathclyde’s Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, won the Women in Innovation award and the Circular Breakthrough prize went to 3f bio, a spinout company from the university involved in the sustainable production of food protein.


The full results:

Women in Innovation – sponsored by BAE Systems

  • Dr Holly Butler – Winner
  • Dr Suzanne Doyle-Morris – Commendation

Circular Breakthrough

  • 3f bio Ltd – Winner

Collaboration for Change – sponsored by Bond Dickinson

  • University of Glasgow – Winner
  • TEV Project / Newcastle University collaboration – Commendation

Young Pioneers – sponsored by Glasgow Science Centre

  • James McIlroy – Winner
  • Victoria Hamilton – Commendation

Start-up and Share

  • Find a Player – Winner

Innovating in STEM Education/Training – sponsored by City of Glasgow College

  • University of Strathclyde – Winner
  • Ayrshire College – Commendation

Breaking the Mould: Empowering Intrapreneurship

  • Arabesque – Winner

Corporates for Good

  • Star Renewable Energy (SRE) – Winner



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