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About the Awards

Who can enter?

Every postgraduate course provider in Ireland, north and south, can enter regardless of size, annual intake or sector. The criteria for each award are clearly laid out on the following pages.


Postgraduate Course of the Year categories

Submissions for each course category will be shortlisted and judged by specialist panels put together for the purpose of adjudicating on submissions made for these Awards. Panels are comprised of experts in their field, drawn from industry, careers, education and other renowned professionals in each subject area.

Gold, silver and bronze awards may be made in all Postgraduate Course of the Year categories (subject to judging panel recommendations).

Marketing category

Best Prospectus

Submissions will be shortlisted and judged by a specialist panel of design and marketing experts. All submissions will be assessed purely against the criteria for each award. For all categories, the judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcomes of the judging process.

How are the shortlists and winners decided?

Points are allocated for each submission according to responses to the stipulated criteria for that award. Quantified outcomes, hard evidence and data are particularly valued in the judging, and data on the career development outcomes for graduates is especially important where appropriate. The judges’ scores are then collated, and the top submissions in each category are then discussed. Supporting material can be supplied but this will only be considered when differentiating between shortlisted entries, so your focus should be on your initial submission.

Submission word limit

There is a strict 2,000 word limit on all submissions. This is a maximum which will be enforced and any submissions which exceed this word count will be rejected (this does not include supporting material, although this should be kept to a reasonable minimum).

How do I enter?

All submissions must be made via our online entry portal here  All entries must be received before 5pm on Friday 4 October 2019, although early submission is recommended.

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