Unicorn wins Gold at the Learning Technologies Awards

Best use of simulations or virtual environments for learning text with Unicorn LAS and UCL logos

Last night was a truly spectacular night as we scooped gold in the ‘Best use of simulations or virtual environments for learning’ category at the prestigious Learning Technologies Awards.

We were delighted to be joined at the ceremony by our partners, Learning Age Solutions (LAS), who we worked closely with on the award-winning project for UCL.

‘ICARUS’ is the name of the simulation that was developed to form part of the university’s MSc in Professional Accountancy (you can read all about it here.) It was praised by the Learning Technologies judging panel for its immersive, multi-layered, and above all, realistic nature.

Their statement read: “The judges felt that the choice of an airport as the focus was inspired because of the wide range of businesses and services and the complexities they introduce, that contribute to its success or otherwise. Particularly impressive was the ease with which the simulation can be customised and updated with real world events as they happen and how the impact of what may appear as an isolated incident can affect different parts of the business in very different ways. Focusing on demonstrable learner engagement and tangible outcomes required to secure the future of the programme, this project has been an unprecedented success.”

“For thirty years, Unicorn have developed and used business simulations to enhance learning”, said Peter Phillips, Unicorn CEO. “We are ardent believers in the power of experiential learning. The Icarus simulation is an excellent example of how effective this immersive team based learning can be. And we are delighted to see this recognised by this prestigious award.”

He went on, “I would like to thank the team at UCL for their courage in taking a risk on this highly innovative approach to delivering a global Masters programme. It has also been as pleasure to work on the project with LAS, whose technical excellence and flexibility has made a major contribution to the success of the project.”

Rob Hubbard, Managing Director of Learning Age Solutions (LAS), added: “This was one of the most complex projects we have undertaken. It simply wouldn't have been possible without the way the UCL, Unicorn and LAS teams collaborated and pulled together to support each other. Tough but deeply satisfying – a true team effort!”

We were also thrilled to be recognised by Learn Appeal for our contribution to this year’s ‘Learn Appeal Capsule’. Special thanks were given to Peter by Lesley Price – who praised his commitment to supporting the initiative to bring learning to people and communities who are currently excluded from an environment we take for granted.

A fantastic night was had by all – and as ever we would like to thank our clients, partners and friends who continue to make our successes possible. Roll on next year!

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