Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to enter?

The THE Awards are free to enter.

What period do these awards relate to?

The judges will be looking for outstanding work during the 2022-23 academic year.

We will accept submissions based on projects, initiatives or endeavours that commenced prior to the 2022-23 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 2022-23 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 unique 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, we advise you 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. An attachment to this email will also contain a unique Nomination code that will be quoted in future THE Awards correspondence relating to the specific entry, so please keep this for reference. 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. Entries can be completed by institutions or their suppliers (architects, PR companies, etc.), but 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 * (this 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 *
  10. Secondary contact details

* mandatory field

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 “ in collaboration with ” in the ‘Institution’ field on the entry form, or in cases where the institutions are working together under a project title, " ".

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 collaboration – please include all institution names in this situation.

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

When does the website open for entries?

The morning of Thursday 11 April 2024.

When is the closing date for entries?

Monday 10 June 2024 at 23:55.

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?

An email confirmation will also be sent directly to the primary contact for each successful submission.
The full shortlists will also be published on this website and the THE website on Thursday 5 September 2024, and in a special spread in the magazine a week later, on 12 September.

How are the entries judged?

A distinguished panel of experts will meet to discuss the finalists and choose the winners.

Can I get feedback on my entry?

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

When and where are the winners announced?

For the first time since these awards launched in 2005, we are taking the ceremony outside London. This year’s winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony which will take place at the ACC in Liverpool on Thursday 28 November 2024. Tickets will go on sale when the shortlist is published on 5 September. 

What is the programme for the evening of the ceremony?

Approx. timings
18:30 Drinks reception
19:15 Dinner
21:45 Celebrity host's set
22:00 Winners announcements commence
23:00 End of official proceedings, but there will be further opportunities to socialise until 01:00
01:00 Close

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 your submission, please contact

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