Entry guidelines

Here are some tips to help you prepare your entry for The PIEoneer Awards:

  • You can nominate yourself/your own organisation, or you can nominate someone else/another organisation, although the vast majority of entries we receive are self-nominations. The only exception to this is the Outstanding contribution to the industry award, which cannot be a self-nomination. 
  • Each question is weighted the same, so give equal thought and attention to every question.
  • Don't repeat content across different questions. 
  • Use numerical data to support your achievements wherever possible to demonstrate the statements you are making. 
  • Include relevant testimonials and feedback to give broader context to your work and demonstrate your impact.
  • Don't go over the word limit - anything over 250 words per question won't be read. 
  • Only enter three categories per organisation. 
  • Normally, the work/project/service being entered, or some part of the work/project/service, must have taken place between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2019 (inclusive). However in response to a number of enquiries asking if it’s possible to nominate work that has been developed and carried out as a result of COVID-19, we have decided that you can include this work in your entries for this year – so it’s not essential that some of the work you are submitting was done in 2019. The PIEoneer of the year award and Outstanding contribution to the industry have no timeframe attached. International alumni of the year - alumni should have graduated from 2016 onward.
  • 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 using plain text from either TextEdit or Notepad. 

This is how the scoring works:

  • A team of PIE staff will put together a shortlist of finalists for each 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 six entries with the highest cumulative scores in each category will be selected as finalists.
  • Our panel of expert judges, all of whom are independent of The PIE, will be split into groups according to their areas of expertise to score the finalists' entries in selected categories. 
  • They will score in the same way - by giving a score out of 10 to each question. The entry with the highest cumulative score across all the judges will be selected as the winner for that category. 
  • If there is a conflict of interest between entries and judges, judges will not score that entry/category, as appropriate.

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