Promoting world-class excellence and chievement through The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education


The Prizes are open to universities and colleges of further education in the UK.  Institutions are invited to submit a single entry in each round of the scheme, based on any area of their work.  The assessment process is described in the Entry Document (see below).

Entries are submitted in the name of the Head of Institution, who should sign the Application form and the Summary Sheet (listed below). Entries should be sent to the Trust as separate PDF attachments to by the closing date of:

Friday 29 March 2019. Entries received after that date cannot be considered.

Please also send one hard copy of all documents to the Trust (for back-up) to reach us by the end of April.

1. Application Form (one page)
2. Summary Sheet (one page)
3. Main Narrative (not more than ten A4 pages)

The narrative is the story of your selected work. It may include images and/or graphics to illustrate its nature and its effect. The form of the narrative is not prescribed but it should clearly demonstrate, with evidence, how the work meets the four criteria for the award of a Prize:

• excellence: why is the work exceptional and deserving of national recognition? What is the history and recent track record of the work and how is it planned to sustain and develop it in the longer term?

• innovation: what are the original and distinctive features of the work? How does it differ from similar/comparable work being carried out elsewhere?

• benefit to your university or college: what benefits for your institution's teaching, learning, research or other activity have resulted from the work? What has been the impact of the work as regards the standing and overall health of your institution, including any benefits in terms of revenue, funding or other business advantage?

• benefits in the wider world: what is the evidence for the wider practical benefit of the work - for the economy, for science, the arts and education, and for society and people in general?

The criteria are expressed in ‘plain English’ and the narrative should be accessible to an informed reader. Technical points should be included as relevant to the case and will be referred to appropriate specialist sources for opinion and comment.

The narrative should not refer to your university or college by name. Instead please use the terms ‘the university/college/institution’. This is to minimise, as far as possible, the recognition of an institution by Readers in the initial stages of assessment.

An entry may be about any activity or field of work, be multidisciplinary or have a more general theme. It may involve collaboration with other universities, colleges or local businesses and with public, governmental or non-governmental bodies or international organisations [see also the application form].

Download the Entry Document for the Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education 2018-20 (thirteenth) Round HERE.

Download the Application Form HERE   and the Summary Sheet HERE