Enter the 2019 Awards!

Celebrating Excellence & Achievement in Scottish Education

All categories are free to enter

The qualifying period for entries is 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2019

Inspiring Learning Spaces

Criteria: This award recognises innovation in the creation of inspiring spaces across learning stages, in existing and new build spaces, that help support and promote new and different ways of learning/teaching and can be easily replicated across the learning estate. Please explain the evidence for the intervention and how the space is making a positive impact. Enter this Award.

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Pupil/Student Experience

Criteria: This award recognises a learning establishment which has undertaken a buildings/facilities investment that significantly improves the pupils/students’ learning and social experience and positively enhances their health and wellbeing. Please explain clearly how users were involved in shaping key decisions, what difference was made and include before and after photographs. Please also include statements from the client and designer. Enter this Award.

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Innovation in Delivering Value

Criteria: This award recognises innovation that has helped contribute to value, experiential for users, monetary and/or collaborative ways of working in the design of learning spaces. Please explain the rationale for the process of creating value and how the innovation has made a positive impact. Enter this Award.

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Innovation in Delivering a Sustainable Learning Space

Criteria: This award recognises sustainability practice across all levels of decision making in existing and new build learning spaces to support improved performance of the key spaces, and more user driven sustainable behaviours. Please explain the approach to sustainability, the outcome of the intervention and the evidence of impact. Enter this Award.

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Project of the Year

Criteria: This award recognises an ELC setting, school, college, university, new build or refurbishment project which provides exemplar demonstration of a number of principles of the Learning Estate Strategy and transferrable lessons for other projects. Please describe how the project has performed in terms of briefing, construction and performance to meet the academic objectives. Entries must clearly state who the client was, the architect(s) and contractor(s) involved and the wider project team. Enter this Award.

Client of the Year

Criteria: This award recognises the passion, direction and innovation that an ELC setting, school, college, university or local authority has shown in either a new build or refurbishment project to ensure clear alignment of the education and community objectives across all stages of decision making. This should be supported by collective leadership across all participants in the process to create excellent learning spaces. Provide evidence of the leadership approach and impact. Enter this Award.

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Contractor of the Year

Criteria: This award recognises a main contractor that has demonstrated outstanding work in the Scottish education sector. Please include examples from the last 18 months to showcase the quality of your work. Enter this Award.

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Architectural Practice of the Year

Criteria: This award recognises an architectural practice which has demonstrated excellence in translating the needs and expectations of Scottish learning and teaching policy ambitions into designs for learning spaces and places which meet the needs of users, innovate to meet future need and functionality, provide inspiration and deliver value to clients. Please provide evidence of your approach, and the learner experience supported by examples from the last 18 months to showcase the quality of your work. Enter this Award.

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Consultancy of the Year 

Criteria: This award recognises a multi-disciplinary consultancy or construction consultants (including building or quantity surveyors and project management companies) that has a proven track record of delivering/helping to deliver outstanding education projects in Scotland. Please include examples from the last 18 months to showcase the quality of your work. Enter this Award.

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Technology: Transforming Learning, Teaching and the Curriculum

Criteria: This award recognises innovation in the briefing, design, development and delivery of learning and teaching by using technology to provide equity of education provision in the 21st century. Please provide a summary of your digital approach, how it extends and enhances the learning experience, and the impacts on learning spaces. Enter this Award.

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Early Learning & Childcare (ELC)

Criteria: This award recognises excellence and innovation in the briefing, design, development and delivery of ELC facilities in a community setting to ensure that children get ‘the best start in life’, focusing on innovation in meeting the ‘quality of experience’ for early learners through the creative use of space, and learner led experiences. Please provide an overview of your approach to meeting the ‘quality of experience’ spatially, the process of user engagement and the impact of design. Enter this Award.

Special Recognition Award

Criteria: This discretionary award will be presented to an individual, team or project that has delivered outstanding education benefit through the process and implementation of change in the learning estate.

The winner of this award will be chosen by the judging panel and cannot be directly entered into.