Scholar picks up digital business award

The success of Scholar, an online learning and teaching resource for Scottish students created by Heriot-Watt University, has been recognised with a prestigious digital business award for its work in the education sector.

The Herald Digital Business Awards recognised Scholar as the best in the sector, using digital platforms to enhance learning. Also shortlisted in the education category were Aberdeen College and Central College of Commerce.

We now support Scottish students working towards Higher and Advanced Higher in almost 30 courses
Phillip John, Executive Chair

The Scholar programme is one of the largest online learning programmes in the world with over 100,000 registered students, offering a complete portfolio of web-based interactive learning materials for Scottish pupils at Higher and Advanced Higher.

Phillip John, Dean of Science and Engineering at the University and Executive Chair of the Scholar Forum, said: "We are delighted to receive this award as it not only recognises the contribution Scholar has made in the classroom but also the success of the sustainable business model.

"The programme was originally devised by Heriot-Watt University to encourage the take up of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects but Scholar has grown continually over the past 10 years and we now support Scottish students working towards Higher and Advanced Higher in almost 30 courses."

Drawing on Heriot-Watt University's special expertise in flexible learning, Scholar materials have been specially written to capitalise on 21st century technology. The programme brings together the best innovative learning with tried-and-tested educational approaches to a range of subjects including business and modern languages, and most recently Mandarin.