All entries are to be submitted by 19:00 on 26 January 2024.

The submitting company must be based within the North of England. Entries can be submitted by organisations or their representatives as long as full approval is sought from all parties before submission.

Please ensure you read the criteria for the awards you are entering. Remember to use evidence such as quotes, figures, statistics and include as much information as possible on your entry form.

We ask all entrants to supply at least one organisation logo. Please supply this in JPEG or PDF format and upload it with your entry under 2MB.

All completed and returned entries will be acknowledged online at the time of submission.

The organisers do not accept any responsibility for loss or damage of any entry.

The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into or feedback given regarding the selection of shortlisted nominations or winners.

We reserve the right to shorten entry titles for the purpose of the awards brochure and winners’ trophies. Please try and keep your entry title concise and to the point, and following the entry format stated in The Rules here.

We will not publish your entries without first seeking approval, winners are sometimes asked following the awards if they are willing to allow their entries to be made public for future marketing and promotion.

Educate North reserve the right to extend the closing deadline, amend categories or not award categories should the standard of entries received not reach the required standard.

Please do call for help if you need further advice.


The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into or feedback given regarding the selection of shortlisted nominations or winners.

Shortlisted entrants will be contacted by email (on the address provided in the application) on the shortlist announcement date.

In the interest of transparency, judges are ineligible to enter any categories they are judging.

Judges will not allow personal relationships or experiences to influence judging marks or decisions and their judging will be impartial and based on the standard of entry, campaign, organisation or product.

Judges will declare any perceived conflict of interest to the event organisers ahead of reading any entries.

All judging discussions are confidential and will not be shared or discussed with anyone outside of the judging panel ahead of the ceremony or thereafter.

Judges will not share confidential material, judging papers or entries with anyone. Judges will securely delete all judging materials immediately after the judging period or give materials to the Educate North team who will manage this.

Judges can only access entries that they have been provided to score.

Judges will not notify anyone that they have won or that they are shortlisted ahead of the official announcements.

Judges will not provide any feedback to entrants as to why they have not won or were not shortlisted – all requests for feedback must be directed to the awards organiser, Georgina Jones.

Should a judge break the rules of conduct and the code is not adhered to, they will be asked to leave the panel and not invited to judge any future awards.

The judging panel for the awards can be found here and the criteria to be applied by the judges are set out here.


All requests for cancellations or substitutions must be made in writing to Georgina.jones@whyevents.co.uk.

Where circumstances force cancellation of the event in its entirety, Educate North will offer a full refund to each paying delegate / guest within 14 days of the cancellation.

Force Majeure

Educate North will not be liable for any failure or delay in performing their obligations where such failure or delay results from any cause that is beyond the reasonable control of that party.

Such causes include, but are not limited to: power failure, Internet Service Provider failure, acts of God, epidemic, pandemic, civil unrest, fire, flood, droughts, storms, earthquakes, collapse of buildings, explosion or accident, acts of terrorism, acts of war, governmental action, any law or any action taken by a government or public authority, including without limitation imposing an export or import restriction, quota or prohibition, or any other event that is beyond the control of the party in question.

Where an event can be postponed, this will be taken into account and any investment already made will be transferred to the new date. Should a physical event not be possible due to causes out of our control, this event may be transferred to a virtual online event.

Payment Terms

If your payment is successful, you will receive an automatic email confirmation to the email address you specified when placing your order detailing your purchase. If you do not receive this email, please contact Georgina.jones@whyevents.co.uk.

Full payment for event ticket sales are strictly 14 days from invoice date or 7 days in advance of the event date, whichever is sooner.

Filming & Photography

There may be a professional photographer and video production taking place during the event. Attendees consent to filming and sound recording as members of the audience. Photographs taken at the event are the intellectual property of Educate North and its event partners and will be such used in promotion and marketing post event.


All trophies are inspected prior to the awards ceremony. Once these trophies have been handed over, you are responsible for the trophy from thereon. Educate North will not cover the cost of a replacement due to damages during or post award ceremony. Should you require a replacement trophy, please contact Georgina.jones@whyevents.co.uk.

Educate North Judging Values Statements

The Educate North Awards is committed to ensuring that the judging panel align with an ethical quality assurance approach which includes:

Ethics and accountability: By acting in line with the Educate North Awards’ judging guidelines, our judges act to maintain the integrity of judging and to ensure a judging process that is ethical, open, impartial, fair, transparent and accountable.  The panel reviews all entries as impartial individuals and are asked to declare if there is a conflict of interest to maintain the credibility and fairness of the programme.  Judges are assigned to certain panels according to their expertise and skills best suited to those categories.

Evidence: The awards are judged purely on the evidence submitted within the submissions/entry forms to provide the panel with a fair and comparative scoring environment without predetermination.  Judges have the discretion to seek further clarification from an entrant if they so wish.

Criteria: Criteria is provided as the basis for judging. The criteria used are based on the key characteristics that distinguish outstanding performance in each award category.

Scoring: Assessments are made against the criteria provided for each award category, using the online scoring system. The scoring system is an aid for judges and forms the basis for determining the rankings and discussion for each award.  Initial pre-scoring carried out online remains confidential to avoid any influences on the scoring of other panel members.  Comments and feedback are discussed face to face in a final judging session to determine winners from those initial rankings.


You can view the full privacy policy here.