Entry Guidelines

Who can enter?
This awards programme is only open to UK-based private sector and public sector organisations, universities, and schools and colleges that have at least 50 employees.*

*Not including Small Business of the Year

There are many excellent charities and social enterprise whose purpose is social mobility, these awards are not aimed at them because given it’s what they exist to do, they are always likely to be better at it than those for whom it is an add-on. Entries from such organisations are not eligible.

Can I enter as an individual?
The UK Social Mobility Awards is an event for organisations. The individual categories are for individuals nominated by their eligible organisation.
Can charities and social enterprises enter?

No, they cannot. The purpose of the UK Social Mobility Awards is to encourage those private and public sector organisations for whose purpose is otherwise, to make the advancement of social mobility a key part of how their “business” is run. There are many excellent charities and social enterprises whose purpose is social mobility, these awards are not aimed at them because given it’s what they exist to do, they are always likely to be better at it than those for whom it is an add-on.

Entries from such organisations are not eligible.

What some charities and social enterprises have done in the past is to encourage a business that they partner with to do the entry, and suggest that their work together forms all or part of the business’s submission.

Is there a limit to the number of categories we can enter?
You may enter as many relevant categories as you choose. There must be a separate submission for each category.
Can we submit multiple entries to the same category?
You may submit more than one entry for the individual categories only. There must be a separate submission for each person that you enter in an individual category.
What is the eligibility period?

The eligibility period is from 1st January 2023 to 31st March 2024. We will accept supporting evidence that came to light after this period as long as it refers to the eligible period.

What is the entry process?

To successfully submit your entry, you must complete the online registration and complete a form for each submission you choose to make. You can register online when nominations open.

What are the entry details?
The written submission will be in seven parts:

1. Executive summary (150-200 words)

2. Aims (150-200 words)
  – What problem was the activity initiated to address?

3. Activity (500-600 words)
  – Clear description of activity/activities and resources expended

4. Enablers (150-200 words)
  – Which stakeholders were involved?

5. Challenges (150-200 words)
  – Organisational or resource challenges experienced

6. Your reach (150-200 words)
  – Public promotion of activity and/or promotion of social mobility as a priority on website/social media

7. Outcome and how success was measured (200-300 words)
  – Impact of the activity that have been seen, or are expected, in relation to advancing social mobility

You can upload up to three files in pdf or jpeg format (of no more than 5mb each) as supporting information.

Confidentiality

In the event of you being shortlisted, your executive summary will be used for the SOMO Awards promotional purposes. Your written submission and achievements may also feature in the case studies publication to promote social mobility excellence. If your submission or supporting documents contain business sensitive information, please state this clearly and indicate which information should not be published.

I am still not sure about the entry process

If you have any further queries about the entry process, please email your query to paola.contessi@mtl.org.uk.

Awards Night

October 3rd 2024

The UK Social Mobility
Awards were the first
national awards event
dedicated to social
mobility

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