Entry guidelines

Our awards are simple to enter and are open to anyone involved in UK higher education. The information below will help you to prepare your entry. 

When the entry system is open on 12th January 2017, please click ENTER NOW at the top of the page, and select the category you wish to enter. 

  • Entry is free

  • Unless otherwise stated in the category criteria, the judges will be looking for outstanding examples of best practice during the 2015-16 academic year.

    We will accept submissions based on projects, initiatives or endeavours that commenced prior to the 2015-16 academic year, provided that core achievements have taken place during this main period of focus. We will also accept any evidence that has come to light after the close of the 2015-16 academic year if this further underlines success.

  • Please note that these awards recognise leadership and management that is distributed across all levels of an institution, so where applicable judges will be looking for evidence of this in relation to each of the categories.

  • You will need to register with us in order to enter our awards this year, but these details will only be used by us for awards-related communications. Once registered, your details will be retained on the site whenever you are logged in, and consequently you will not be required to re-enter them when making additional submissions.

  • Once your account has been created, you will have greater control over your entries, which can now be drafted and redrafted up until you decide to hit the ‘SUBMIT’ button. Just click ‘SAVE FOR LATER’ any time you wish to exit an incomplete submission. If you experience any problems or need further information regarding the submissions process, please contact lindsey.fox@tesglobal.com

  • All entries must be submitted online. The submission text should be no more than 500 words in length, and must specifically address the key criteria set out for the relevant category.

  • In addition to the 500-word submission, you may also attach supporting materials, which should be no more than six sides of A4 in total. 
    Please see below for more details on the supporting material requirements.

  • If you wish to submit tables, they should be included within your supporting materials rather than the submission text field.
      
  • You may enter as many categories as you wish, but you must complete a separate submission for each one.

  • You may also submit more than one entry per category where projects or initiatives are distinctive and unrelated. Otherwise we advise you to combine the best elements of each in a stronger single entry.

  • No submission should be entered in more than one category. Please choose the most appropriate single category for your entry, or if you need advice on this, contact david.suter@tesglobal.com 

  • In previous years our panel of judges have noted that some promising submissions were based on projects or initiatives still relatively early in their cycle, and that given a further 12 months their impact and success may be far more evident. In all cases we encourage repeat submissions, adapted to include more recent information outlining significant progress during the additional 12-month period

  • You may enter a project that has been undertaken in collaboration with an external public or private partner, but the award will be given to the winning higher education institution.

  • If your entry relates to an initiative or project carried out in collaboration with other institutions, the submission should come from the lead institution. In such cases, please include “<lead institution> in collaboration with <name> University” or, in cases where the institutions are working under a collective banner, “<institution name> on behalf of <project name>”, in the ‘Institution name’ field on the entry form, and we will credit them if shortlisted. 

    (Please note that these awards primarily recognise achievements in UK institutions, but we will acknowledge the importance of overseas partners in collaborative projects. In such cases the entry should still be submitted by a UK institution.)  

  • If there is no lead institution in a collaborative project, to avoid multiple entries focusing on the same project, please agree who will make the submission on behalf of the partnership. All collaborating institutions may be named in the ‘Institution name’ field on the entry form, and will be credited if the project is shortlisted. 

  • Entries can be completed by institutions themselves or their suppliers (architects, PR companies, etc.). If you are entering on behalf of an institution, please make sure it is happy for you to do so. 

  • If you are an individual considering submitting an entry, we ask that you let senior management and your university’s marketing team know that you are doing so.

  • The shortlist will be published on Thursday 6 April 2017, with the winners being announced at a gala ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Thursday 22 June 2016.

Supporting material


  • Documents should be in PDF or Word doc format. 
  • In total the supporting documents should comprise no more than six sides of A4.
  • Supporting material may include photographs, tables, documents containing statistics, testimonials, supporting research, evaluation or inspection reports, press cuttings and promotional material. Please highlight any sections you believe are particularly relevant.
  • PowerPoint and video files will not be accepted; however, you may submit screen shots. 

Any information submitted outside these guidelines will not be considered as part of the submission.   

Preparing your entry


  • When preparing your submission please review the specific category criteria carefully.
  • Ensure that your submission contains sufficient robust information. Please include relevant facts and figures where possible. Some categories may ask you to include details of a particular initiative or initiatives; please select those that best promote your expertise.
  • As well as completing the Institution name field on the application form, where applicable, please ensure that you also enter the specific team or project in the Nominee field. 

On receipt of your submission, a unique ID number will be generated and emailed to you. This will be quoted in subsequent THELMAs 2017 correspondence relating to your entry, including any notification of shortlisting. At that stage, please cross-check these details, particularly if your institution has submitted more than one entry in any category.  

Please note that in most cases we will use the institution name rather than that of the project or team in our coverage, although on the awards evening we will refer more specifically to the shortlisted project or team. However, winners may choose to have their project name, department or institution name engraved on the trophy, and printed on the certificate. 

The contact details you provide in your entry form will be used throughout the awards process. If these details change after the form has been submitted, please send your new contact information by email to Lindsey Fox (lindsey.fox@tesglobal.com)    

Please also contact Lindsey if you have any general queries about our awards, or David Suter (david.suter@tesglobal.com) if you have any questions regarding eligibility, or require clarification on any of the category criteria or general content.