The PIE News team is delighted to launch The PIEoneer Awards.
Date for the diary: 8th September 2017
The PIEoneer Awards will honour achievement and recognise innovation in the international education industry globally.
With a distinguished judging panel representing geographical and professional diversity, The PIEoneer Awards seek to recognise both individuals and organisations who are pushing professional standards, evolving their engagement or redefining the international student experience.
Where, When & Tickets
The awards evening will be held at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in central London on Friday 8 September 2017. There will be an after party at The Gherkin from 11pm-2am. Dress code will be dress to impress/smart.
Tickets will be available soon on a first-come, first-served basis, including a limited number of early-bird tickets. To be alerted when ticket sales open, enter your details here.
The Venue - RIBA
The After Party - The Gherkin
Our categories enable both individuals, and companies and institutions to enter, and we welcome nominations on behalf of others in some categories.
PIEoneer of the year
This award is open to both organisations and individuals who can demonstrate their commitment to improving some facet of the international education industry. This could be: a new programme, service, charitable mission, agent relations, quality accreditation, marketing, teaching, social engagement, visa advice, widening participation, recruitment or retention achievement, career planning etc. There is no timeframe around this award, it can be awarded to some organisation or person who has been working on their nominated project, business or idea for more than one year.
Marketing campaign of the year
Inspirational and inventive marketing campaigns are what we would like to know about in this category. There are some super inventive campaigns out there, which capture students’ imagination and reaffirm the life-changing power of education. But they don’t have to be just education campaigns from education providers and agencies, there are many service providers offering support to the sector via language testing, housing support, insurance etc. who may also have a unique marketing campaign that deserves recognition for its success / reach / message / impact.
Student support award
What has your company or institution set in place to ensure that international students feel welcomed, meet domestic students and are able to assimilate successfully? Lunch clubs, education programming that necessitates co-working with partners, SMS helplines, specific activities for international students such as away-days, Meet-the-Mayor initiatives, mentoring, buddy-systems. There are a myriad of initiatives around the world and we would love to hear about the success of yours in this category. You don’t have to be an educational institution but you have to have developed a product or service that is primarily targeted at international students.
Accommodation provider of the year
Accommodation providers who believe they should enter this category might be a university’s own estates department, a property management company, accommodation investment company, host family organisation or property development portfolio. The key to winning this award will be to demonstrate a pro-active effort to provide services that are specifically designed or oriented to an international student audience. Do you cultivate a mixed placement of international and domestic students to help facilitate integration? How do you reach and ensure appropriate provision for international students? What about considering the social life of international students, what social spaces are provided, how do you listen to student clients, and understand what they want? As accommodation is becoming as competitive and wide-ranging as the education sector it supports, we’re keen to honour those who can show high levels of international student satisfaction.
Education agency of the year
Education agencies are a vital part of the international education industry and essential partners to educators, reporting on local student trends and market factors quickly and helping shape the evolving international education market. Many are run by innovative business people who have evolved to offer language testing, visa counselling, study abroad fairs and non-education related travel advice and products.
This category is an opportunity for educators, language schools, colleges and universities to nominate an agent partner for this award, or for agency directors to submit their own entry and supporting information. In order to be shortlisted, we want to hear about exceptional service, innovative collaborative campaigns or beyond-the-call-of-duty support for student clients. Other ideas for nomination-worthy agencies include those trying new ideas to recruit students in a depressed market, or those building productive relations within their domestic agency industry or with embassies in their country.
Championing diversity award
International education and study abroad experiences can be life-changing but also expensive. How does your company, agency, language school, high school, college or university help encourage students from backgrounds that are unlikely to lead to study abroad participation? Do you have a scholarship scheme? How does it work? Do you make an effort to encourage ethnic minorities to study abroad? What about families from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, or refugee students whose lives are on hold while they live in an unfamiliar country? There are many such schemes but we are keen to hear about successes in widening participation/diversity in the last calendar year that you may have achieved.
Progressive education delivery award
How does the way you teach work? How do you ensure your students significantly gain in confidence in speaking a new language and have a workable language use, rather than learning to pass a test? How do you ensure your pathway programme prepares your students for success: not just matriculation to a degree programme, but for a rewarding degree education that they fully profit from and succeed at? And at any education level, have you developed a programme that is brave, different, and focused on the student’s life journey in the 21st century? In this category, we’re keen to hear from educators that believe they offer something that is unique, important or successful for some reason.
International alumni of the year
There are many great examples of international students who have made a huge contribution to either their institution and/or the wider community in which they live. We’d like to hear examples of super assimilation, inspiring achievement in some way, and find out how an institution has helped foster a student’s approach to community engagement. The award will be presented to the host institution of the student if they are not able to attend our awards event in person. Positive mentoring is expected to play a role in the achievements of the alumni shortlisted. But likewise, international alumni are invited to nominate themselves in this category.
Association of the year
What makes you, as an association, vital to your membership? Is your advocacy action gaining traction? Do you represent and campaign for a collection of companies or organisations who would otherwise be un-unified and unrepresented? What have you achieved for your members, in terms of cohesion, engagement with students, with the general public? We’d like to hear about much of the commendable (and often, unpaid) work that happens within associations to augment the interests of their members who have to operate in the international education industry.
Public / private partnership of the year
Public / private partnerships have been one of the defining trends of the last decade, with assets such as recruitment expertise or tech capabilities around remote delivery of education making private sector operators strong partners for universities and colleges which are seeking to expand and innovate and wish to leverage the expertise of private companies. Some partnerships take more subtle forms, such as market-entry facilitation via a specialist company or the white labelled outsourcing of accommodation or conversion activity. We’re keen to hear about some of the many successful partnerships and their achievements in the last 18 months.
Digital innovation of the year
Using online or blended modules can have a significant impact on the way teachers teach and students learn. We’re keen to hear about how technology has been successfully blended into an educational programme and how it particularly impacts/aids international students. It doesn’t have to be a programme of education - an innovation that facilitates social integration or helps students find part-time jobs, for example, can also be considered. What we’re keen to uncover is an innovative use of technology which has a clear success story about its impact for international students.
Outstanding contribution to the industry
In this category, we accept nominations on behalf of others. We are looking for nominated individuals who have helped evolve or shape the international education sector. They do not have to have worked in the industry for a minimum period, but their influence in the field and how the international education industry has developed must be evidenced.
How to enter
To enter an award you must first complete a PDF entry form. Select the required award below and click "Download" to save the file to disk.
Then open the downloaded file using a recent version of Adobe Reader and fill in all the details. Save your completed entry as a PDF file and upload it as part of the form below.
Our T&Cs offer full details on rules, but only three entries are permissible from the same entrant.
Entries will close on Friday 16th June.
The PIEoneer Awards are supported by:
“This is a wonderful idea and we certainly see PIE playing a very pivotal role in the industry and the award function is a fantastic approach of not only creating a platform but bringing everyone together.”Natasha Chopra, The Chopras, India
How to get involved
Why should you decide to become a sponsor?
- Like us, you’d like to become involved in an event which celebrates what’s best about international education for our globally engaged audience
- You’re keen for your brand to be allied with The PIE News – a global and independent media brand accessed by 1.4 million stakeholders since we launched in 2011
- Unique cross-section of stakeholders from higher education, commercial education, language teaching, education agencies and professional services
- Invaluable corporate entertainment/team-building: bring your team to find out first-hand about the nominees and their achievements
- Associate your brand with integrity and excellence
- Long-term brand awareness via social media reach and PIE media resources
We hope you can join us on a night to remember and can see the benefit of aligning your brand with an event that will attract thought leaders and influencers in the sector.
Please download our sponsors’ literature here and get in touch
Meet our Judging Panel
The PIEoneer FAQs
1. How much does it cost to enter an award category?
There is no charge to enter but each entrant (if a company is entering via multiple divisions then each division is treated as separate entrant) can only enter a maximum of three categories.
2. For what period does an entrant have to demonstrate relevant achievements for each category?
As this is the first year of our awards, we would want to see the achievements that have occurred between November 2015 – May 2017.
3. How will we know you have received our submission?
You will receive an email letting you know that it has been received.
4. How are the awards judged?
The PIE will decide on a shortlist of 3 entries for each category. The judging panel will then award point scores for each shortlisted entry. The entry with the highest amalgamated score from the judges will be the winner.
5. When will the shortlist be announced?
The shortlist will be announced in July. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email and listed on social media.
6. If I am shortlisted, will I receive feedback on my entry?
We will endeavour to provide a selected highlight from the judging panel that each shortlisted entry is able to use publicly.
7. If I win, do I get to make a speech?
Yes, you can make a short, two minute speech when you collect your award on stage.
8. How many people will attend the awards ceremony?
We are expecting 250 people to attend.
9. What is the program for the evening?
Drinks reception 6.45pm
Gala dinner 8.00pm
Awards presentation 9.30pm
Drinks and more mingling until 11pm.
A cash bar will be available after dinner.
10. What about an after-party?
There will be an after party at The Gherkin from 11pm - 2am. Buses will be provided. Address: 30 St Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8EP
11. When I book to attend the ceremony, how do I get my ticket?
Tickets must be booked via Eventbrite. Please print out your ticket and bring it with you on the night.
12. Will I be able to purchase a ticket on the evening?
No, best to book early to avoid disappointment.
13. Will I be able to get in if I am late?
Yes but we urge all attendees to arrive by 7pm at the latest.
14. What happens if I purchase a ticket but am unable to attend?
Tickets are non-refundable but you can nominate someone else to attend in your place. If you cannot make it or are sending a colleague, please let us know so we can arrange the seating accordingly. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if this is the case.
15. Will the seating be pre-organised?
Yes it will. If you would like to sit with someone who is also coming, please email email@example.com with the details and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
16. Is there wheelchair access?
17. What is the hashtag for this event?
Follow #PIEoneers17 for updates.
18. What is the dress code?
Dress to impress/smart.
19. What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
RIBA is located a short walk away from Regent's Park, Marylebone High Street and Oxford Street.
Nearest London Underground stations are Oxford Circus, Regents Park and Great Portland Street. Buses that stop nearby include numbers: C2, 18, 27, 30, 88, 205 and 453. On-street parking is available on Portland Place (A4021) and its vicinity. Please note that 66 Portland Place is inside the northern boundary of the Congestion Charging zone.
20. How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have about the event.
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