Everything You Should Know about the Guardian University Awards 2018

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The team of the Guardian has already started to accept entries for the Guardian University Awards 2018 from universities of the UK and university professionals.  This year’s awards will be held for the sixth time and cover 15 categories. This award is a remarkable opportunity for higher education institutions to present their best qualities and achievements, and deserve the attention not only of the experts but also a wide audience. The entries can choose one or several categories that include a wide range of points.

Timeline and fees

The timeline of the Guardian University Awards 2018:

  • The launch of the award – 9 January;
  • The early bird period – from 9 January to 31 January;
  • The end of filing applications – 23 February;
  • The judging lunch and notifications for the shortlisted entries – March;
  • Award ceremony – April.

During the early bird period (8-31 January) the fee is £200 for one entry, after that and till 23 February the fee increases by £50. For multiple entries, you have to pay £150 for every additional entry.


What are the judges looking for?

There are four main components the judges want to find in the entry. They greatly increase your chances not only to be to be noticed, but also to win.

  • Innovation – what characteristics distinguish this idea from others, and make it so uncommon and exclusive.
  • Delivery – explain what role partnerships, planning, and work in a team played in the whole process of realization.
  • Impact – depict how big the influence of the entry on the university and beyond is.
  • Evidence – support your submission with reliable data, statistics, and other facts.

Guideline for entries

In order to create high quality and descriptive applicants should follow the scheme described below.

Present the outline of a project. By means of 300 words, you should describe how the project relates to the strategy of your university. Pay special attention to the innovations and benefits it brings.

Describe the project implementation path. Give details about how the idea of the project arose and how it was implemented. You should also focus on project’s timing and funding. Pay attention to the fact that every category has different time requirements for the projects. For that, you have no more than 300 words.

Present the results.  By means of 400 words, you have to characterize what effect the project had on the development of your university and beyond. You need to prove your words and provide evidence; otherwise, your work will be called unfounded.  A good point is to include some numbers and testimonies.

What will you win? 

If the judges find your entry the best one, you will get a trophy, the right to use a logo on your website and in press releases, and professional support in promotion of your success. In addition to that, your university will be included in the Higher Education Network and the Guardian University Awards ideas bank. Every shortlisted entrant will be contacted by email and provided with two tickets to attend the awards evening. Longlisted entries, in turn, will be profiled on the Higher Education Network.