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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 2020 and 2021 consecutively, you are not eligible to enter the same category in 2022. 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 2021 and 31st December 2021 (inclusive). The PIEoneer of the year and Outstanding contribution to the industry awards have no timeframe attached. For the International alumni of the year category - alumni should have graduated from 2018 onwards.

You may include up to five static images to support your entry if you wish and we encourage you to do this, in order to give further context to your entry and demonstrate the impact of your work. 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.


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When completing your entry form(s), please be aware that formatting from Word won't transfer onto the online form. If you prefer to prepare your entry offline and then copy and paste your answers into the online form, we suggest you do this as plain text in e.g. TextEdit or Notepad. 

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Association of the year

What makes an association vital to their membership and what have they achieved for their members in 2021? In the Association of the year award, we recognise associations 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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Championing diversity award

International education and study abroad experiences can be life-changing but also expensive. The Championing diversity 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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Digital innovation of the year - assessment and credentials

The importance of preparing students for online assessment, running secure online assessments and managing students’ credentials has grown exponentially, particularly as a result of the pandemic. In this category, we recognise organisations that are excelling in delivering these services to international students.

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Digital innovation of the year - learning

Using technology to lead learning or implement online or blended modules can have a significant impact on the way teachers teach and on how students learn, and since the Covid-19 pandemic started, using digital technology to deliver successful remote teaching has been 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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Digital innovation of the year - technology

In the Digital innovation of the year – technology award, we showcase how digital innovation is solving problems faced by professionals working across the international education sector. These are very wide-ranging in their scope and there are examples that have an impact on all facets of our industry.

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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 alumni of the year

Alumni success stories are at the heart of much of our work supporting international students. In the International alumni 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. Alumni must have graduated from 2018 onwards.
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International student living award

The International student living award recognises any type of organisation providing housing for international students, that can demonstrate a pro-active effort to deliver innovative and high quality services specifically designed for international students, and show very high levels of student satisfaction.

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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 for organisations to showcase outstanding innovation, global collaboration, successful business expansion, diversification of portfolio, and exemplary support for students that goes above and beyond standard expectations. 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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Language educator 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 and 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.

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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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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 and individuals 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. Anyone 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 or person who has been working on their nominated project, business or idea for more than one year. 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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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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Public / private partnership of the year

Public private partnerships continue to be a defining trend of the global education industry, as education providers have looked 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 2021.

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Real life learning award

More and more students are seeking international learning experiences that take place beyond the classroom and into the workplace or within a new community. The Real life learning award recognises organisations offering innovative learning programs or products that include an immersive international learning environment, whether that is virtual or real world.

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Secondary learning international impact award

The Secondary learning international impact award is a chance for any type of institution teaching 11-18 year olds to showcase how they are innovating the delivery of learning and support to their international students, to ensure their experience is first-rate and that they leave ready for further education or the world of work as global citizens. Any type of institution can enter, as long as you have a minimum 10% students whose parents primarily reside overseas or who would be considered expats in-country.

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Student support award

It is critical that international students who are undertaking an overseas study experience feel welcomed, supported, and become integrated with domestic students, those from nationalities other than their own, and their local community. In the Student support award, we are looking for innovative and successful ways that organisations support international students, to ensure their overall student experience is exemplary. In 2021, organisations continued to develop solutions to support international students during the Covid pandemic and we would love to hear about the success of yours in this category, if relevant

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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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