by Andy Holliday
, posted on 10 Mar '21

How To Win A Postgrad Award


The Postgrad Awards celebrate excellence in the postgraduate education sector. Now entering their third year, we couldn’t be prouder of the successes we’ve shared from students, academics and professionals alike.


As the Postgrad Awards return for 2021 with two NEW awards, it’s time to start thinking about your nominations and the impact that individuals and teams from your institution have had during an incredibly difficult 12 months.

All winners of the Postgrad Awards are profiled on our website and social media platforms, reaching a worldwide audience of both prospective postgraduate students and fellow professionals. They’re a great way to demonstrate the depth of quality within your institution, celebrate success with individuals and teams and stand out within the industry.

This year, there are six awards available:

  • [NEW FOR 2021] Best PG Marketing & Recruitment Campaign
  • [NEW FOR 2021] Best PG Wellbeing Initiative
  • PhD Student of the Year
  • PhD Supervisor of the Year
  • Masters Student of the Year
  • Masters Teacher of the Year

Nominations are now open, and we’re excited to read about the innovation and adaptability of the postgrad education sector during the Covid pandemic. Entries are submitted online via our website, until April 5. Please note that self-nomination is not permitted for PhD Student of the Year, PhD Supervisor of the Year, Masters Student of the Year or Masters Teacher of the Year.

So, how do I win an award?

The Postgrad Awards judging panel is comprised of expert professionals, students and stakeholders from the postgraduate education world. We receive loads of excellent nominations every year, but sadly there can only be one winner for each category! Here are some tips to help with your nomination.

For campaigns and initiatives – give us specifics. What were the goals and objectives to start with? What were the measurable outcomes? We love to see evidence of successful campaigns, and it helps the panel understand the real-world impact of your nomination. For students and academic staff – give us the full picture. We want to know about their academic excellence, but also their extra-curricular contributions. Does your student impact academic communities outside of the classroom? Do they seek additional opportunities to progress? Does your academic engage students in a particularly effective way? Have they had a major breakthrough in their research?

Above all – don’t forget the X-factor! In order to stand out, you need to convince us of what makes your nominee different. What are the unique challenges that your nominee has overcome? Winners are selected solely on the strength of nominations, so be sure to include useful contextual information that will help the panel. You can upload any supporting documentation alongside your nomination and this could include written statements from peers, images of successful events or initiatives, campaign documentation, grade transcripts or anything else you can think of!

Nominations for the Postgrad Awards are now open - you can fill out your nomination here. Best of luck!


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