Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to enter the awards?

Nothing, entry is free.

What period do these awards relate to?

Unless otherwise stated in the specific category criteria, the judges will be looking for outstanding examples of best practice during the 2020-21 academic year.

We will accept submissions based on projects, initiatives or endeavours that commenced prior to the 2020-21 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 2020-21 academic year if this further underlines success.

Can we enter more than one category?

You may enter as many categories as you wish, but you must complete a separate submission for each category.

Can we enter the same submission in more than one category?

No, please choose the most appropriate category for each entry. If you are unsure which category to choose, please contact .

Can an institution enter more than one project/team in a single category?

Yes, if the entries are distinctive and unrelated you may submit up to five entries per category. Otherwise, it is advisable to combine the best elements in a stronger single entry. (Please see our Entry guidelines for further details on this.)

Can we enter more than one individual in a single category?

Yes, if the category recognises an exceptional individual, you may enter as many as you wish from your institution.

How will I know that my submission has been received?

Once you have submitted your entry you will receive an email confirming your institution name, the nominee and the category you have entered. This email will also contain a unique Nomination Code number that will be used in future THE Awards correspondence relating to your entry. If you do not receive your confirmation email, please contact .

Who can enter?

The awards are open to anyone involved in higher education in the UK or Ireland, with the exception of sector-wide organisations or those working with large numbers of institutions, who are not eligible to enter themselves.  Entries can be completed by institutions 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.

At many institutions the awards submission process is handled by a central team, but if this is not the case where you are, we would ask that potential entrants make their management and marketing teams aware that they are making a submission.

What are the specific entry form requirements?

As well as sharing the Entry guidelines, central teams may wish to circulate these specific entry form requirements:

  1. Nominee or key personnel (if you wish to highlight the role of specific people)
  2. Submission title or project name (if applicable)
  3. Project URL of link to further information about your entry (if applicable – link will be published if the entry is shortlisted)
  4. Institution name *
  5. Submission text * (address specific criteria – strict limit of 500 words)
  6. Abridged submission * (will be published if the entry is shortlisted - strict limit of 150 words)
  7. Supporting material 1
  8. Supporting material 2
  9. Upload institution logo *

* mandatory field

Additionally, in seven categories there will be two further fields. We are inviting entrants to those to submit resources for THE Campus, our hub where best practice resources are published daily from academics around the world on a range of topics including teaching and learning, progressing the SDGs, and equity, diversity and inclusion. These will not form part of the awards entry, and so will not be judged. Further details of our THE Campus requirements can be found beneath the relevant category criteria.

Are collaborative entries accepted?


Institutions working together
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 enter “ <University name> in collaboration with <University name> ” or, in cases where the institutions are working together under a project title, " <project name (the universities of x, y and Z)> ", in the ‘Institution name’ field on the entry form.

If there is no lead institution, to avoid multiple entries for the same project, please agree who will make the submission on behalf of the group.

Institutions working with public or private partners
If your entry relates to a collaboration with an external organisation who you would like to credit, please enter " <Institution name>, in collaboration with <organisation name> " , in collaboration with " in the ‘Institution’ field on the entry form .

When does the website open for entries?

The morning of Thursday 7 April 2022.

When is the closing date for entries?

Wednesday 8 June 2022  now Monday 13 June 2022 at 23:59.

How do I enter?

Please read our Entry guidelines first, and then go to the Categories page and click on the relevant 'Enter now' button.

When will I find out if we have been shortlisted?

Shortlists will be published on this website, the THE website and in the magazine on Thursday 1 September 2022. An email confirmation will also be sent directly to the primary contact for each successful submission.

How are the entries judged?

A distinguished panel of experts will meet to choose our winners.

Can I get feedback on my entry?

As much as we’d like to offer feedback on individual submissions, this is unfortunately not feasible due to the high number of entries.

When and where are the winners announced?

This year’s winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony which, pandemic restrictions permitting, will take place in-person at the Hilton London Metropole hotel on Thursday 17 November 2022 .

What is the programme for the evening?

To be confirmed 

Who should I contact if my question has not been answered above?

If you have queries relating to the categories, criteria, eligibility for entry, or anything relating to the content of your submission, please contact .

For any queries relating to the awards evening (purchase of tickets, attendance. etc.) and any other general questions, please contact .