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 that have at least 50 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 for individuals nominated by their eligible organisation.
5. Can charities or 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 organisations whose purpose is social mobility, these awards are not aimed at them because given it’s what they exist to do, they will always likely to be better at it than those for whom it is an add-on. What some charities 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 2019 to 31st March 2020. 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 three parts: a 200-word executive summary; 1,200 words where you tell the story of what took place, what the challenges were and how these were overcome and finally, 300 words to share what was achieved 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 27th April 2020 and close at 5pm on 10th July 2020.

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 10th July  – 17th July 2020. The finalists will be announced on 20th July 2020.

14. When will the winners be announced?

The winners of the 2020 UK Social Mobility Awards will be announced at an online gala event, which will take at 3pm on October 8th 2020.

15. What is the dress code for this event?

The UK Social Mobility Awards celebration gala dress code is Online Chic.

16. 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 Gala

10th October 2020

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

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