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Frequently Asked Questions


How much does it cost to enter?

It is free to enter


What period do the awards relate to?

The judges will be looking for innovation, creativity and best practice during the 2015/16 academic year.  A campaign or project may have started prior to this, but the main achievements detailed on the nomination form must have occurred in this academic year.


Can we enter more than one project or campaign?

Yes, if the nominations relate to completely different projects/campaigns.  If they relate to the same initiative/project, please include on one nomination form.


Can we enter the same team/individual for multiple categories?

Yes, providing each nomination relates to a different project/achievement.


How will I know if my nomination form has been received?

Each nomination will be acknowledged.


When will I hear whether my nomination has been shortlisted?

The judging panel will be meeting at the beginning of May and will shortlist 4 nominees for each category (excluding the Lifetime achievement/IDPE fellowship award).  We will then inform all nominators of the outcome of their nomination.


When will the individuals who have been nominated be made aware of their nomination?

As soon as the nomination has been submitted we will inform the nominated individual/school and we will keep them updated on the progress of their nomination.


When will the winners be announced?

The recipient of the lifetime achievement/IDPE fellowship award will be told in advance, following the judging panel meeting at the beginning of May.  The winners of all other categories will be announced at the awards ceremony on 12 June 2017.


Who can enter?

The IDPE Development Awards are open to all IDPE member schools.   All individuals nominated must be currently working in a school with the exception of the Lifetime achievement/ IDPE fellowship award which is open to anyone who has had a significant impact on the schools’ development sector.


Who can submit a nomination?

We will accept nominations from anyone who has first-hand experience of the work undertaken by the nominated school/individual.  You do not need to be an IDPE member to submit a nomination.


Can I self-nominate?

It is possible to self-nominate for the Fundraising campaign of the year and the Engagement campaign of the year.  However, you cannot self-nominate for Newcomer of the year or the Lifetime achievement/IDPE fellowship award.  


Can a commercial organisation submit a nomination?

Yes.  However, a commercial organisation that submits a nomination must have the agreement of the nominated school.


Can an IDPE trustee be nominated?

Yes.  The only individuals who cannot be nominated are members of the judging panel.


How can I enter?

Simply complete the appropriate nomination form and email this to  


When is the closing date?

The closing date for 2017 was Friday 21 April.


How are the entries judged?

A judging panel has been formed which represents IDPE’s membership and the wider sector.  These 7 individuals will review all nominations in early May, specifically looking for creativity, innovation, best practice and impact.   We appreciate that development offices and schools vary in size and the judges are looking for examples of how individuals have maximised the resources they have in order to have the maximum impact.


How can I attend the award’s ceremony?

The inaugural awards ceremony will be held after the IDPE Annual Conference dinner on Monday 12 June 2017.  For those members who have booked to attend the conference and will be attending the dinner, the awards ceremony will be included.  If you would like to just attend the dinner and award’s ceremony, please contact to reserve your place.  The cost for pre-dinner drinks reception and dinner is £75.


If shortlisted, how do I submit the details of those who will be attending the awards' ceremony?  

We will contact all shortlisted schools to book them a place at the ceremony.  






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