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Writing a winning submission

How to write a winning gradireland Higher Education Award submission

Here are a few tips on what you should be focusing on to maximise your course’s chances of success.

In total, there are nine categories you can enter. Our first piece of advice is to take a step back and carefully consider the categories, criteria and tips on the previous pages. Making a strong submission can be time-consuming, so focus on the categories that you think truly reflect your strengths.

  1. Each award specifies entry criteria. Make sure that your submission directly addresses each of these criteria – judges will award points to each submission against these criteria, so if you don’t address them all you cannot gain the maximum number of points.
  2. Stick to the point, and stick to the word limit. Any submissions which exceed the 2,000 word count will be rejected (this does not apply to supporting material, although this should be kept to a minimum). Supporting material is only viewed when the adjudicating panels are debating the top positions, so keep your focus on your core submission.
  3. The judges are human and have to evaluate many submissions so be clear: and show them some wow factor where you can. Ask someone with an objective view to critique your entry. Graphics, charts and photos etc can be uploaded as supporting materials via the online submission portal.
  4. Show results: submit relevant metrics, data and evidence of performance to prove and justify success in the judging year. Your mantra here should be: ‘Facts Not Fluff’. The more detail you can provide, the stronger your case for winning.
  5. Make it easy for the judges to score your submission well. Use headings so the submission is easy to navigate. Make your evidence stand out to support your claims.

Some other tips for success

  • Start early! Start preparing your entries today. Don’t leave it all to the last minute... We will accept your entries at any date so don’t leave it until the last week!
  • Proofread, proofread, proofread… Now the boring bit: proofread and then proofread some more. It sounds obvious, but the more eyeballs you can get on your entry copy, the better your chances of submitting a strong, well-argued, well-worded entry.
  • Check that each submission addresses each of the entry criteria specifically.

All entries must be received before 5pm on Friday 6 October 2017, Good luck!