FAQ

1. What are the UK Social Mobility Awards?

The UK Social Mobility Awards are a unique set of awards that have been specifically established to recognise and encourage action that will promote and increase social mobility within Britain’s companies and institutions. Entries will be judged by leading people from the business, public and the non-profit world.

2. 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, with the exception of the Small Business of the Year category which is open to organisations who employ at least 20 employees.

3. How much is it to enter?

Nothing! Entry is free.

4. Can I enter as an individual?

The UK Social Mobility Awards is an event for organisations. The individual categories are only for individuals nominated by their eligible organisation.

5. Can charities 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. How can we enter?

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

10. What are the entry details?

Each entry will consist of a written submission and optional supporting information. The written submission will be in seven parts: a 200-word executive summary; 1,200 words where you tell the story of what took place – split between Aim (200 words), Activity (600 words), Enablers (200 words) and Challenges (200 words); then 200 words to share your reach and 300 words for the outcomes and how success was measured. You can upload up to three files in pdf or jpeg format (of no more than 5mb each) as supporting information.

11. How much time do we have to complete our entry?

Entries open on 29th April 2024 and close at 5pm on 28th June 2024.

12. Who will judge our entry?

Entries will be judged by leading people from the business, public and the non-profit world. The Chair of the Judging Panel is Sir Ken Olisa OBE. If you wish to find out more, please click here.

13. When will the judging take place?

The initial shortlisting will take place between 1st July – 12th July 2024. The finalists will be announced on 15th July 2024.

14. Will I receive feedback on my entry?

Due to the amount of entries we receive, we will be unable to provide individual feedback. However, some generic details from the entry may be included in the emerging themes report.

15. Will my entry be publicised?

Some generic details about the entry may be included in the emerging themes report and/or if it is a winning entry, there will be a detailed case study done.

16. When will the winners be announced?

The winners of the 2024 UK Social Mobility Awards will be announced at the Awards Fundraising Gala event, which will take place on October 3rd 2024.

17. What is the dress code for this event?

The UK Social Mobility Awards celebration gala dress code is Black Tie.

18. 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

The UK Social Mobility Awards is a fundraising initiative for the registered charity, Making The Leap.

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