Frequently asked questions
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 20 July 2018.
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'
*Please note: The two sets of awards have separate application and assessment processes. The AoC Beacon Awards judging process also includes a visit by assessors to colleges included on the shortlist.
When is the closing date?
The closing date for entries will be:
Tes FE Awards -
Friday 6 July 2018 deadline extended to: Friday 20 July 2018
AoC Beacon Awards - Friday 20 July 2018
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 2017-18 academic year.
We will accept submissions based on projects that commenced prior to the 2017-18 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 2017-18 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 2019 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 two sets of awards will be revealed at the AoC Annual Conference and online on Tuesday 20 November 2018.
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. The AoC Beacon Awards judging process also includes a visit by assessors to colleges included on the shortlist.
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?
How do I book tickets
How do I submit the attendee's details?
How will I receive my ticket/s?
What if I cannot attend but have purchased a ticket?
Are under-18s allowed to attend the awards evening?
When are the winners announced?
What is the programme for the evening?
What is the dress code for the evening?
How do I become a sponsor?
Find out more about becoming a sponsor by contacting our Sponsorship Manager here