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Top tips

We want making a nomination to be as easy as possible, so we've put together some tips of what you might want to bear in mind. You might also find it useful to look at the FAQs page, or to email with any queries.

Preparing to nominate

Take a look at the different categories and criteria to ensure you make your nomination in the most appropriate category. The process is designed to be straightforward and easy, but it's a good idea to start your nomination well in advance of the closing date to give you time to review and reflect.

Writing your nomination

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 think 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.

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 and specific 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."