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How the Awards work

Nominating someone for a University Award is easy - just follow our step-by-step guide below.

How it works...

We want you to tell us about your nominated colleague or team and why they deserve an award - take a look at the nomination categories to see which stand out to you.

Got your nominee or nominees in mind? Head over to the relevant nomination form and tell us as much as you can about them - why do they deserve an award this year? You can write up to 600 words here, but remember to tell us:

  • Who are they? Let us know their name(s)and contact details so that we can get in touch with them. If they're a team, we need to have at least one key member of the team listed so we can check with them that the whole team's been listed.
  • Why should they win? The judging panel might not be familiar with the person or team you're talking about - so it's your job to explain! Tell us what they do and why you reckon they deserve to win an award.

You don't need to be overly formal in the way you write - simple, plain-English text is ideal. Please remember to stick to full sentences and avoid bullet points - this will help the judging panel as they look through your nomination.

Watch some previous nominators talk about what prompted them to make their nomination.


What does a high-quality nomination look like?

Take a look at this nomination text from the 2018 University Awards - it's clear and easy to understand, yet detailed enough to really illustrate the impact these colleagues have had on Warwick:

Starting from scratch, this team has created a world-leading piece of laboratory research, used it as the basis for a new award-winning Warwick spin-out company, been awarded £1.5 m in grant funding, raised £2.7m in private equity, created 10 new jobs, and produced a new type of material that is enabling more sustainable use of plastics. Researchers and professional staff have been propelled in new and exciting career directions, and the way that Warwick promotes innovation by researchers is, as a result, being revolutionised.

The team has used new Warwick research to make a real difference in the way the world will use plastics, as well as new and exciting careers for the members. It is creating local jobs and international impact."


The judging process

First-stage selection will be carried out by a shortlisting panel, and a final judging panel, chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, will choose the overall winners. Both panels include a cross-section of University representatives.

Nominated staff will be invited to the University Awards celebration evening, where the shortlisted staff will be announced and overall winners will be presented with their awards.