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The HESPA awards are an annual celebration of the work of our members and our sector. The awards aim to highlight excellence, innovation and dedication and pose an opportunity to support the professionalisation and recognition of strategic planners, while motivating colleagues and boosting morale.

Each year, we and our panel of volunteer judges are fascinated to read about the work you have been doing, and have been thinking of opportunities to share your experiences more widely. This year, we will therefore be asking our nominees and award winners to get involved with a virtual “Showcasing Good Practice” week, 19 – 23 September 2022. We will be encouraging nominees and award winners to put together a presentation of their work to share with members. Alternatively (or as well) this could be shared via a HESPA blog post.

You can nominate either yourself or your team, or other individuals and other teams, from either inside or outside your own institution. The nomination should be seconded by a Director of Planning or equivalent senior person, from either inside or outside your own institution. Please note, the individual/team will be contacted to let them know they have been nominated for an award.

To ensure a fair process, we ask that if you wish to enter for more than one category, you submit separate nominations for each. This isn’t intended to prohibit or restrict multiple entries from one member institution, it just makes the scoring system simpler and fairer. The categories for the HESPA22 Awards are:

Collaborative Planning Award

For planners who have demonstrated innovation and worked cross-function with multiple departments and colleagues to tackle some of the big issues the sector currently faces, and achieve shared institutional goals.

Data Award

For snazzy BI and analytics work as well as overall engagement with extra curricula innovation in the sector.

Strategy Award

For best institutional strategy development and implementation.

Paul Youngson Award

In memory of an excellent planner and treasured colleague, the Paul Youngson Award will this year be presented to an up and coming planner who shows commitment and promise to the higher education strategic planning community, including HESPA and its members.

To submit your nomination, please complete this form and send to monica@hespa.ac.uk

Deadline Friday 27 May 2022

Good luck!

Previous Award Winners

You can read about previous award winners below:

2021

2020

2019
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