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We recommend you read The PIEoneer Awards entry pack before beginning your submission. This contains important information about the entry process. For a summary of the entry guidelines, please click here: Entry guidelines

You can enter up to three award categories by nominating your own or another organisation/initiative. There is no charge to enter.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have won a PIEoneer award or been a Highly commended finalist in the same category in both 2022 and 2023 consecutively, you are not eligible to enter the same category in 2024. We do encourage you to enter another category though, and if in doubt, consider the PIEoneer of the year category for an innovation that has the potential to make a national or global impact.

There is a word limit of 250 words for each question. Any words included that go over the word limit will not be scored. The work/project/initiative being entered, or some part of the work/project/initiative, must have taken place between 1st January 2023 and 31st December 2023 (inclusive). The PIEoneer of the year and Outstanding contribution to the industry awards have no time frame attached. For the International alumni of the year category - alumni should have graduated from 2020 onwards.

We recommend you provide different types of evidence to support your answers, such as quantitative, qualitative, testimonials, and statistics from e.g. Google analytics and social media platforms.

Any text included on images will not be included in the word limits. If you wish to add video links, you may do so within the body of your answers but we cannot guarantee that they will be viewed in full. We are looking for evidence of excellence and innovation, so please consider both the content of each entry as well as how well it has been presented and evidenced in the answers. Scores will be equally weighted accordingly. We recommend reading our entry guidelines before you start writing your nomination.

To enter, please select the category you wish to enter from the list below and click the Enter Now button.


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Sustainability international impact award

Global education as an industry inherently involves many activities that impact negatively on the environment. With climate change and sustainability at the forefront of people’s minds, the Sustainability international impact award enables us to recognise organisations working in our sector that are proactively making positive changes to reduce the impact of their international operation on a global or local scale.

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Student support award

It is critical that international students who are undertaking a study experience with a provider outside of their own country feel supported throughout their student journey; this includes mental and physical health, wellbeing, faith, accommodation and living, financial, academic support, language support, community integration, and beyond. In the Student support award, we are looking for innovative and successful ways that organisations are supporting international students at one or multiple points in their student journey.

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Championing diversity, equity and inclusion award

International education and study abroad experiences can be life-changing but also expensive. The Championing diversity, equity and inclusion award recognises organisations that have been successful in widening participation across their student cohort and enabling a more diverse range of students to access their teaching or services.

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Excellence in data and insight

Our new Excellence in data and insight award, recognises the digital revolution taking place in the sector and the data tools that are evolving as a result. Reliance on historical data is being replaced by access to real-time insights and dashboards. Here we showcase how big data is being embraced by professionals in the international education sector and used for better planning, efficiencies and improving the student experience. We welcome a wide range of entries including public-private partnerships, technologies or departments that showcase excellence in this area.

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International student recruitment organisation of the year

Student recruitment is a vital part of the international education industry. The Student recruitment organisation of the year award is an opportunity to showcase outstanding innovation, global collaboration, successful business expansion, diversification of portfolio, and exemplary support for students that goes above and beyond standard expectations throughout the international student recruitment cycle. This category is an opportunity for companies that support institutions with student placement to submit their own entry, or for schools, colleges and universities to nominate a partner for the award.

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Innovation of the year - assessment and credentials

The importance of preparing students for online or in-person assessment, running secure assessments and managing students’ credentials has grown exponentially as the globally mobile student cohort continues to expand. In this category, we recognise organisations that are excelling in delivering important credential and exam delivery or support services to international students.

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Public/private partnership of the year

Public/private partnerships continue to be a defining trend of the global education industry, as education providers look to innovate areas such as student recruitment, accommodation, market-entry facilitation, and the remote delivery of education, by leveraging the expertise of private companies. This award recognises successful partnerships and achievements that occurred during 2023.

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Digital innovation of the year - student recruitment

In this category, we recognise digital innovations that have been created to support international student recruitment into institutions.

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Employability international impact award

Students choose to undertake an international study experience for a multitude of reasons, but one overriding factor is to improve their long-term employment prospects. For the Employability international impact award, we recognise organisations who are proactively changing what and how they teach their students, or offering new services, to ensure students have a genuinely improved chance of finding and securing meaningful employment post-graduation.

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International alum of the year

Alumni success stories are at the heart of much of our work supporting international students. In the International alum of the year award, we celebrate the international students who have made a really significant contribution to either their institution or the wider community in which they live and work. We’re keen to hear examples of inspiring achievement. The award will be presented to the host institution of the student if they are not able to attend our awards event in person. Nominated alumni must have graduated from 2020 onwards.
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Study abroad and exchange experience of the year

We recognize institutions & organisations that deliver successful and impactful short-term in-person study abroad and/or exchange experiences for students as a part of their full-degree (undergraduate or graduate) program.

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Outstanding contribution to the industry

In the Outstanding contribution to the industry award, we accept nominations on behalf of others. This award recognises individuals who have helped evolve or shape the global education sector in a significant way. There are many people who have dedicated their career to influencing or changing the landscape of our industry in a positive way, and this award enables us to celebrate their individual achievements and the impact their work has had. Their influence in the field and how the global education industry has developed as a result of their work must be clearly evidenced.

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PIEoneer of the year

Our flagship award, PIEoneer of the year, is open to organisations that can demonstrate their commitment to improving some facet of the global education industry and show how their entry has genuinely changed the landscape we operate in. Any organistion from across the industry can apply for this award if they can evidence real change and innovation that is impacting the wider industry for the better. There is no timeframe to this award - it can be awarded to an organisation that has, at a minimum, taken the project, business or idea beyond pilot phase and can evidence its success. Entrants in other categories can also enter this category, which is considered the ‘crowning achievement’ award, if they believe their entry demonstrates genuine change and innovation that can impact the wider industry

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Emerging leader of the year

In this award, we celebrate up-and-coming leaders who have worked in the global education industry for 8 years or less, and who are making a notable impact on or contribution to their organisation and/or the wider sector that goes above and beyond the normal scope of their role. Self-nominations are welcome, or you can nominate someone else on their behalf.

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Progressive education delivery award

How do we actually learn? How do we measure impact? How do we make learning relevant to the real world? The Progressive education delivery award recognises education programs that have innovated how they teach and who they reach, that are unique, successful in their approach to teaching, and focused on the student’s life journey in the 21st century.

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Digital innovation of the year - learning

Using technology to lead learning or implement online and blended modules can have a significant impact on the way teachers teach and on how students learn, and using digital technology to deliver successful remote teaching has become a primary focus for the global education sector. Through the Digital innovation of the year – learning award, we aim to uncover innovative and successful uses of technology that help international students of any age to learn.

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Marketing campaign of the year

The Marketing campaign of the year award celebrates inventive and inspirational marketing campaigns from across the global education industry that have achieved significant results in terms of reach, messaging or impact. Campaigns can have been run by any type of organisation operating in the sector, and we will take into consideration the success of the campaign within the context of budget and other resources available.

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Business school of the year

Business has been one of the leading areas of demand for international students for many years. Through this award, we recognize the importance of business studies for many globally mobile students and showcase the institutions that are going above and beyond to meet their needs. The needs of the global workforce are changing rapidly, so how are you innovating? This category highlights the exceptional and innovative work business schools are doing to serve international students.

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Membership organisation of the year

What makes a membership organisation vital to their members and what have they achieved for their members in 2023? In the Membership organisation of the year award, we recognise organisations who have supported their membership in ways that go above and beyond standard expectations, and whose work has had a long-lasting or significant impact.

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Language training provider of the year

In the Language educator of the year category, we recognise language providers around the world who are going the extra mile to provide their students with a stand-out experience, an exceptional level of service and those who are innovating the student experience to ensure students develop their language skills and become confident communicators. We will consider providers who are teaching a language to domestic or international students. Entries should go beyond simple language cafes and showcase some of the most innovative language teaching in the sector.

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