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Countdown to the FE First Awards 2018 for college marketing…..

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Just 4 weeks to go to get your entries in for the FE First Awards 2018 for college marketing excellence. Open to FE, sixth form and specialist colleges in the UK – with big discounts on entries for CMN members and some categories only open to members. Closing deadline: 27th September for hard copy and online entries.

The FE First Awards celebrate the full range of college marketing activities, with new categories for 2018 suggested by our members. PLUS:

  • SIMPLIFIED ENTRY FORMS THIS YEAR
  • DISCOUNTS FOR CMN MEMBER COLLEGES ENTERING 3 OR MORE CATEGORIES
  • PRESENTATION AS PART OF OUR GALA DINNER & ANNUAL CONFERENE, 26 NOVEMBER 2018 AT THE HILTON WARWICK

The categories for the FE First Awards 2018 are:

  • Partnerships & collaboration
  • Internal impact
  • Making effective use of research & data, sponsored by Pathways
  • Events management
  • Social & digital media impact, sponsored by Forward and Thinking
  • Website development
  • Innovation & creativity
  • Communications campaign
  • Targeted recruitment campaign
  • Prospectus, sponsored by Aston University
  • Individual award*
  • Marketing team of the year*, sponsored by AoC
  • Lifetime achievement*

* These three categories are only open to colleges in current membership of the College Marketing Network at the time of the award on Monday 26th November 2018.

Entering the FE First Awards
We’ve taken your advice in updating the categories this year, and we’ve simplified the submission forms, to make the awards as relevant and easy to enter as possible.

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  • Download the relevant submission forms from our website at www.m-network.org for the categories you want to enter;
  • Download the FE First Awards brochure and interactive entry form here (please include the entry form with your submission)
  • Deadline for entries, Thursday 27th September 2018 at 1pm. Incomplete or late entries cannot be accepted.
  • Fees: £80 per entry for CMN member colleges for the first two categories entered; £70 per category if 3 or more categories are entered. £115 per category for non-CMN member colleges – or join by 1st September 2018 and pay the member rates. More information and how to join here. A PO or cheque must be included with your entry.
  • Entries should be sent either by email to m-network.org, or in hard copy to The College Marketing Network, F16 Preston Technology Centre, Marsh Lane, Preston, PR1 8UQ.
  • Entries MUST be made by a college, NOT an external company or agency.

Why enter the FE First Awards?

“Winning Gold for the ‘Website Development Project’ category in 2017 was an incredible moment for our team. This project was a huge undertaking and having our hard work recognised by our peers and the FE sector’s elite was a huge honour. The high praise we received from the judges has acted as a real spur for us to think bigger and achieve more, and has given us greater confidence in our own abilities – as well as the credentials to back it up!”

Louise Greenleaf City College Plymouth

“We were delighted to win the Gold award for the outstanding marketing team. It has given the team a much needed boost of confidence and acknowledgement for their hard work. It has also helped the team raise their profile and reputation internally within the College.” Alma Aganovic South & City College Birmingham

“Our Gold award for Digital & Social Media campaign was a great achievement for us. To be recognised by college peers and industry leaders in the field was incredibly valuable to us in demonstrating we were on the right track and that all our hard work had been worthwhile. Now that we have a proven record of success, we have renewed confidence and external validation to take new ideas to college teams.” Kristian Bentham The Manchester College

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