Does it cost anything to enter an award category?
There is no charge to enter. Each entrant can enter a maximum of three categories. If a company is entering via multiple divisions, each division is treated as a separate entrant.
For what period does an entrant have to demonstrate relevant achievements for each category?
We are looking for all or some of the achievements to have taken place between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2019 for all categories apart from:
International alumni of the year - entrants must have graduated from 2016 onwards.
Outstanding contribution to the industry, which has no timeframe attached to it.
PIEoneer of the year - there is no timeframe to this award, it can be awarded to an organisation or person who has been working on their nominated project, business or idea for more than one year.
I work for a small organisation with limited budget, can I enter?
Yes, absolutely. The PIEoneer Awards are designed to recognise innovation and achievement across the whole of the international education sector, not just big organisations with big budgets. There are many small to medium sized organisations, including new enterprises, who are achieving great things. If you are working with a limited budget/team and feel you have achieved significant impact, please make this clear in your entry.
How will the awards be judged?
A team of PIE staff will put together a shortlist of finalists for each award category by reviewing and scoring the information provided on the entry forms. A maximum of eight shortlisted finalists for each award will be selected.
Each question has an equal weighting and will be scored out of a maximum 10 points. The scores for each question are added together, and the eight entries with the highest cumulative scores in each category will be selected as finalists.
The panel of judges, all of whom are independent of The PIE, will then judge the shortlisted finalists for each award category and select a winner in each. They will score in the same way - by giving a score out of 10 to each question. The entries with the highest cumulative score across all the judges will be selected as the winner for that category.
Please think carefully about the information you present in your answers. Don't repeat content across questions on the same entry form, and use numerical data wherever possible to illustrate your achievements and the impact your work has had.
If there is a conflict of interest between entrants and judges, judges will not score that entry/category.
How will we know you have received our submission?
You will receive an email letting you know that it has been received. You can edit your submission at any time up until the entry deadline by logging in to your account before the entry deadline of 24th April.
When will the shortlist be announced?
The shortlist will be announced during the week commencing 1st June 2020. Finalists will be notified by email and announcements will also be made on our social media channels.
Will I receive feedback on my entry?
We will not systematically give feedback to all entrants because of the high volume of entries we receive, but we will endeavour to do so if you contact us directly via firstname.lastname@example.org. For finalists, if requested, we will provide a selected highlight from the judges' comments that you can use publicly.
If I win, do I get to make a speech?
All winners collect their award on stage but there are no winners’ speeches, other than for the the PIEoneer of the year and Outstanding contribution to the industry awards. The winners of these categories are able to make a 2-minute speech when they collect their award.
How many people will attend the awards ceremony?
We are expecting a global audience of 500 people to attend, representing all sectors of the international education industry. There will be a unique cross-section of stakeholders and thought leaders from higher education, commercial education, language teaching, education agencies, professional services and government bodies from around the world. Many people attending The PIEoneer Awards will also be attending The PIE Live, our daytime event taking place on Thursday 10th September.
Will I be able to purchase a ticket on the evening?
No, all tickets must be purchased in advance. The ticket booking deadline is Friday 20th August.
What happens if I buy 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 by emailing email@example.com so we can arrange the seating accordingly.
I've bought a ticket - will I be sent a physical ticket?
We will not send out printed or digital tickets for the event. Your email confirmation is your receipt of purchase, and your name will be on the door. Please give your name to our staff when you arrive and they will check you in.
Will the seating be pre-organised?
Yes, on tables of 10-12. If you would like to sit with particular people you know are coming or have a preference as to the type of organisation(s) you would like to meet on the night, please make a note of this on the online booking form when you book your ticket and we will endeavour to sit you together.
What are the timings for the event?
Proposed timings - currently subject to change:
18.45 - Drinks reception
19.45 - Dinner and awards ceremony
22.30 - After party and dancing
00.30 - Close
What is the dress code?
Evening wear/dress to impress. Lots of people will be wearing black tie, but this isn't compulsory - many of you are travelling from overseas and we understand that bringing an extra bag for your DJ/long dress may not be practical. But it will be a glamorous evening, so do get dressed up!
What is the hashtag for the event?
Follow #PIEoneers20 on Twitter and Instagram for updates prior to and during the awards ceremony.