The UOC won four awards at the Transform Awards Europe: Gold for the Best Internal Communication, Silver for the Best Use of Audio Branding, Bronze for the Best Brand Architecture, and Highly Commended for the Best Visual Identity in the Education Sector. These awards recognize excellence and innovation in the creation and renewal of brands across Europe.
The Government of Catalonia awarded the Jaume Vicens Vives Award for quality university teaching to Teresa Sancho, a professor from the UOC's Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications, for her many years of hard work in the teaching of mathematics, her pursuit of continuous improvement in the planning and creation of online learning resources for maths courses, and her use of learning analytics.
Carlos Cámara Menoyo, researcher of the Urban Transformation and Global Change Laboratory (TURBA Lab) IN3 research group and Doctoral student at the UOC, has been awarded with the IND+I Science Prize in the metropolitan innovation policies category, given by Pla Estratègic Metropolità de Barcelona (PEMB).
The Government of Catalonia awarded the Jaume Vicens Vives Award for quality university teaching to Mar Sabadell, a professor from the UOC's Faculty of Economics and Business, for her drive and dedication in the development and innovative design of business internships in the context of online learning.
ILUNION Tecnología y Accesibilidad, which belongs to the ONCE Foundation and the ONCE group of companies, gave the UOC this award in recognition of its initiatives and projects to improve universal accessibility and support people with disabilities.
Montserrat Batet, researcher of the research group in K-riptography and Information Security for Open Networks (KISON), has been awarded the Dona TIC 2016 Award in the category of Academic/ Research. The prize is awarded by the Government of Catalonia’s Secretariat for Telecommunications, Cybersecurity and the Information Society, Tertúlia Digital and the Observatori Dona Empresa i Economia.
The Government of Catalonia awarded the Jaume Vicens Vives Award for quality university teaching to Montse Guitert, a professor from the UOC's Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, for her leadership in online education, specifically in the field of digital competencies in universities and the benefits felt by the public.
The UOC's mobile apps – Explica!, Assess and Submissions – received an honourable mention at the IMS Global Learning Impact Awards. The Learning Impact Awards recognize the most outstanding and influential learning technology applications from around the world. They were created in 2007 to showcase excellent technological applications that tackle the most important challenges in education on a worldwide scale.
In the category of academic promotion, the Golden Orange Awards, organized by the World Gastronomy Institute, acknowledged the work of the UNESCO Chair in Food, Culture and Development. The award recognizes the outreach work that the chair carries out in the field of food and gastronomic culture.
The Spanish Federation for Rare Diseases (FEDER) presented the UOC the Award for the Inclusion of People with Rare Diseases. FEDER highlights the UOC’s commitment to the social inclusion of people with disabilities and, specifically, the Disability Action Plan that it runs.
The UOC received the Special Professional Career Prize at the 15th Vodafone Journalism Awards organized by the Vodafone Spain Foundation. The award comes in recognition of the UOC's work as the first online university, designed from the start with an educational model that was 100% online. The jury praised in particular two of the most important areas of research and activity at the University: the information and knowledge society, and e‑learning.