INTO Scotland wins best student experience award

13 December 2012

INTO Scotland wins best student experience award

INTO Scotland at GCU has earned an international reputation for excellence

INTO Scotland, which has been based at Glasgow Caledonian University since 2008, has won the award for best student experience at a high profile ceremony in London.

It faced competition from 18 other institutions for the coveted prize at the annual INTO Partners’ Awards Dinner.Student experience is decided on a range of categories which matter most to students, ranging from the quality of staff and lectures to social life and accommodation.

INTO Scotland at GCU has earned a UK and world-wide reputation for excellence, topping the recent i-graduate survey of 57 institutions, including those at the University of Glasgow and Strathclyde University, with a record-making grade of 99% for Learning Experience.

It was the first time INTO centres had taken part in the national survey, which is undertaken by the influential International Graduate Insight Group to track and benchmark student and stakeholder opinion across the globe.

Professor Karen Stanton, Vice Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor for International & External Relations, attended the ceremony with Brenda McMahon (Centre Director) of INTO Scotland and colleagues from the university.

Professor Stanton said: “I was delighted to see the INTO Scotland team collect this award. The prize is a testament to the dedication of all those who work hard to meet the varied needs of international students and make them feel at home.

“All of the students studying at INTO Scotland progress to courses at leading UK universities with the majority choosing to take advantage of the range of programmes on offer at GCU. This improves the student experience for all at the university and reinforces our commitment to becoming a successful, globally networked international university.”

Ms McMahon said: “I am so proud to collect this award for INTO Scotland at GCU. I would like to thank all the staff at the centre for their efforts in achieving this coveted award. This really does prove that our students from all over the globe have a remarkable student and learning experience when they come to our centre, ensuring they are prepared to continue their chosen study path at GCU.”

- Pictured above, David Beeby, Executive Director of Finance;  Professor Valerie Webster, Assistant Vice Principal International; Brenda McMahon, Centre Director, INTO Scotland;  Professor Karen Stanton, Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor for International & External Relations; Andrew Colin, Chairman, INTO University Partnerships