Frequently asked questions

Entry process 

How much does it cost to enter the awards?

Entry is free

How do I enter?

Please click here. Please make sure to read the 'Entry guidelines' beforehand. Entry is free and open to all further education establishments in the UK. Just tell us why you should win – in 500 words – before midnight Friday 1 November 2019

You may enter as many categories as you wish, but you will be required to fill out a separate submission for each. Please make sure to fill in all the mandatory field, you are not required to full in 'Project name' or 'Project URL'

When is the closing date?

The closing date for entries will be:

Tes FE Awards - Friday 1 Novmeber 2019

Who can enter?

The awards are open to all FE providers: colleges, work-based learning providers, adult and community learning providers, offender learning establishments and specialist designated institutions. 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 they are happy for you to do so.

What period do these awards relate to?

Our judges will be looking for outstanding examples of best practice during the 2018-19 academic year. 

We will accept submissions based on projects that commenced prior to the 2018-19 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 2018-19 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 more than one project/team in a single category?

Yes. If potential entries are distinctive and unrelated please feel free to submit both. Otherwise it is advisable to combine the best elements of each in a stronger single entry.

How will I know that my submission has been received?

Once you have submitted your entry you will receive an email confirming your nomination/s. This email will also contain a unique ID number which will be used in all future Tes FE Awards 2020 correspondence relating to your entry.

Are collaborative entries accepted?

Yes (see below)

Institutions working together 

If your entry relates to an initiative or project carried out in collaboration with other institutions, please bear in mind that the submission should come from the lead institution, and any shortlisting will be in the name of that institution. We will try to mention partner institutions at the awards ceremony where appropriate.

Institutions working with a supplier/s

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

When will I find out if we have been shortlisted?

The shortlists for the awards will be announced in our magazine on 10 January 2020


Who is on the judging panel

 This year's judging panel - coming soon. 

How are the entries judged?

An independent panel of judges will select all our winners. All the information submitted to the judges will be kept confidential. 

Can I get feedback on my entry?

As much as we’d like to offer feedback on individual submissions, because of the sheer number of entries this is just not feasible.

When are the winners announced?

The announcement of the winners will be made at our online even on Friday 16 October at 8pm!  


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