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 3 November 2017

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 Friday 27 October 2017. The deadline has been extended until Friday 3 November 2017. 

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 2016-17 academic year. 

We will accept submissions based on projects that commenced prior to the 2016-17 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 2016-17 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 2018 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 shortlist will be published in the Tes magazine and on our awards website on Friday 15 December 2017


Who is on the judging panel

Please click here to see this year's judging panel.

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.

Awards night / production 

When will I be able to buy tickets to the awards ceremony?

Tickets will go on sale on our website soon after the shortlists have been announced.

How do I book tickets 

You can book individual places or tables of 10 using our online booking system. (If you have any problems making your booking, please email

How do I submit the attendee's details? 

Once you have booked your places you will receive a confirmation email that will include a link allowing you to submit your guests' details.

How will I receive my ticket/s?

Tickets will be sent out in the post three weeks prior to the awards.

What if I cannot attend but have purchased a ticket?

We are happy for you to offer your ticket to a colleague, but unfortunately all booked tickets are non-refundable.

Are under-18s allowed to attend the awards evening?

Under 18's are not automatically able to attend the event due to the venue’s licence. Please contact us for more information.

When are the winners announced?

The announcement of the winners will be made at the awards and gala dinner, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 23 February 2018 

What is the programme for the evening?

Champagne Reception: 6.45pm 
Gala Dinner: 7.30pm 
Awards ceremony: 9.30pm 
Disco : from 11pm 
Carriages: 1am

What is the dress code for the evening?

The event is black tie


How do I become a sponsor?     

Find out more about becoming a sponsor by contacting our Sponsorship Manager here


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