The EUPRIO Awards

The annual EUPRIO Awards provide an opportunity for our members to demonstrate their professional excellence and originality.

Every year we all get involved in projects at our universities that make a real difference. These might be centred on student or staff communications, public engagement or perhaps media relations, but what they all represent is an acknowledgement that, in this fast changing world, universities need to communicate effectively with all their key audiences.

The EUPRIO Awards are a chance to showcase these projects, share our best practice and received recognition from our peers for a job well done. The judging and presentations take place at our annual conference, so it’s an ideal opportunity to highlight what makes your university communications practice distinctive.

The winning project, together with the second and third placed ones, will be selected by taking into account the votes of conference delegates and a jury made up of members of the EUPRIO Steering Committee.

The winning university will be invited to send one person to attend next year’s conference – which will include an opportunity to present a keynote lecture if they wish – with all travel and accommodation expenses covered. The second- and third-placed universities will receive a trophy and a certificate.

Entering the EUPRIO Awards

The EUPRIO Awards winners 2017. Kateřina Tušarová, Renata Herrmannová, Pavla Ondrušková and Radana Kolčavová from Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic.

It’s easy and free to enter the EUPRIO Awards. We can accept one entry per university and one project per entry. All you need to do is complete the 2018 EUPRIO Awards entry form and email it back to the address specified. You’ll also need to prepare a poster (maximum A1 size) and other supporting material that represent your campaign or project in the best way. The poster and other supporting materials will then form an exhibition of entries for the Awards Jury and delegates to view at the conference prior to voting.

And of course, any university entering the EUPRIO Awards must also have representatives attending the conference. We wouldn’t want the spotlight to fall on an empty stage when we make our presentation to the winners!

We’re looking for entries across the whole range of the university communications mix. These could be social media campaigns, video projects or even traditional printed materials designed and used in an innovative way.

What the EUPRIO Awards Jury is looking for

The Awards exist to recognize and reward excellence. Conference delegates and the Awards Jury will be considering four criteria for each entry. These are:

  1. Project originality;
  2. Creativity in concept and execution;
  3. Success in meeting defined objectives;
  4. Cost, as measured in budget and resources, in relation to benefit.

What you need to do now

When you download the 2018 EUPRIO Awards entry form you’ll see it contains various sections. It’s important to complete all of these sections as fully as possible, to the number of words specified, and email this form back to us ( by 21 May 2018 at the latest.

As mentioned, we require you to prepare a number of items and these can either be mailed to the conference host university or brought with you to the conference. However, we would ask you to indicate on the entry form which of these two options you wish to use.

As well as the poster (including a jpg of this) other materials relating to your campaign or project could include brochures, flyers, tee-shirts, etc. You may also if you wish present on your laptop. One person from your team will need to be present at your stand during the exhibition viewing session prior to voting.

How is the winner chosen?

Everyone attending the EUPRIO annual conference will be able to vote for their favourite Awards entry. Look out for the voting papers in your conference packs.

Votes cast by conference delegates will be taken equally into account by the Awards Jury alongside its own votes. The eventual winning entry – and the two runners-up – will therefore be seen to have well and truly demonstrated their excellence. The decision of the EUPRIO Awards Jury is final.

The EUPRIO Awards Jury

Martin Herrema, University of Kent, UK (President of the Jury)
Hannamaija Helander, University of Helsinki, Finland
Ludo Koks, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Gudrun Pichler, University of Graz, Austria
Marcin Witkowski, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland

Email to Martin Herrema, President of the Jury:

Good luck!
On behalf of the Jury,
Martin Herrema