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).

We are looking for all or some of the achievements to have taken place between 1st January 2018 and 31st December 2018 for all categories apart from:

International alumni of the year - entrants must have graduated from 2015 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.

Yes, absolutely. The PIEoneer Awards are designed to recognise innovation and achievement across the whole of the international education sector. 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. 

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 six 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 six 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. 


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 26th April.

The shortlist will be announced during the week commencing 3rd June 2019. Finalists will be notified by email.

We will not systematically give feedback to entrants, but will endeavour to do so if you contact us via pieoneers@thepienews.com. For finalists, if requested, we will provide a selected highlight from the judging panel that each finalist is able to use publicly.

No, there are no winners’ speeches, other than the winner of the Outstanding contribution to the industry award. All winners will collect their award on stage. 

We are expecting a global audience of 450 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. 

No, all tickets must be purchased in advance. The ticket booking deadline is Friday 30th August.

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 pieoneers@thepienews.com so we can arrange the seating accordingly.

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. 

Yes - on tables of 10. If you would like to sit with others who are coming, please make a note of this when you book your ticket using the online booking form and we will endeavour to sit you together. 

Proposed timings - currently subject to change:

18.45 - Drinks reception

19.45 - Dinner and awards ceremony

22.30 - After party and dancing

01.00 - Close

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! 

Follow #PIEoneers19 on Twitter and Instagram for updates prior to and during the awards ceremony.