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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the SQA Star Awards and why should I enter?
The annual SQA Star Awards is a celebration of the outstanding achievements in education and training across Scotland, the UK and around the world.
We recognise the Success, Triumph, Achievement and Recognition of our learners and our SQA centres who have made particular efforts to make sure their candidates are not only well supported, but also well-positioned to use the qualifications they have gained.
We want to reward excellence by individuals and centres alike, across all sectors of education and training - schools, colleges, training providers and businesses.
The SQA Star Awards ceremony is the most prestigious way to recognise and reward excellence throughout education and training.
Closing date for entries is Friday 30 June 2017.
Who can make nominations?
Nominations can be made by anyone who has evidence to cover the criteria for the award.
We have specific awards recognising our centres in the Wider UK and internationally, but centres in these areas can also enter our other awards.
Who can be nominated?
A Centre offering SQA qualifications can be nominated or a person within a Centre can be nominated for an SQA Star Award as long as the criteria is met within each of the individual categories.
How can I make a nomination?
Our online nomination process is quick and easy. To nominate visit www.sqa.org.uk/star and set up an account using your e-mail address. You will be able to complete the online form in your own time and also upload image and video content to support your entry. You can complete the form in different stages, but remember the closing date for entries is Friday 30 June 2017.
How much work is involved in nominating someone?
Making a nomination for a Star Award is a quick and easy process. Go to www.sqa.org.uk/star and register. Once registered, you simply have to select the most appropriate award category for your nomination, fill in some contact details and name the person/centre you wish to nominate.
You should give examples of how your nomination supports the criteria, using a maximum of 1000 words. You are advised to use examples that illustrate the impact that the entrant has made. Make sure that you cover all elements of the criteria within your submission.
You can also provide images and/or video to support your nomination.
Can I make more than one nomination?
Yes. You can make as many nominations as you like — as long as you have the evidence to meet the award criteria.
Can I nominate more than one person/centre?
Yes. You can nominate as many people/centres as you like. Please submit one form per entry.
Can I submit 'paper' evidence to SQA to support my nomination?
No. Please include all evidence to support your nomination in your 1000 word count.
However, through our online application system, you can include supporting video and image evidence to back up your nomination.
What happens after I have submitted my nomination(s)?
The deadline for nominations is Friday 30 June 2017.
The Star Awards judging panel assesses all entries using the published criteria. The panel will then draw up a short list for each category. If successfully short-listed, entrants and their nominators will be contacted in September and invited to attend the ceremony. A letter will also be sent to unsuccessful nominators
How do I know if the centre I wish to nominate is eligible?
Eligible nominees must be an SQA Centre, with a valid centre number.
How do I know if the learner I wish to nominate is eligible?
Eligible nominees must have a Scottish Candidate Number (SCN).
How do I know if the appointee I wish to nominate is eligible?
There must be evidence to show they meet the criteria.
How does the judging process work?
Nominees are judged against how closely they meet the published criteria, not against each other.
What is the deadline for nominations?
The deadline for entries is Friday 30 June 2017.
Can I nominate someone who was a winner or finalist in a previous year?
Yes. Anyone who was nominated or who won an award last year can be nominated again this year.
When is the Award Ceremony?
November 2017 in Edinburgh — if you are successful you will receive an invitation in September.
What benefits are there to my centre in winning a SQA Star Award?
Winning an award will generate local publicity and PR for the winning centres/learners. A custom-made Star trophy is presented to winners and centres reaching the finals along with a special SQA Star Awards logo to use on their stationery/website/emails/social media etc.
Winning a SQA Star Award helps you get the recognition that your centre and learners deserve and it’s an opportunity to recognise and celebrate your achievements.
The award ceremony, which takes place in Scotland, provides an exciting opportunity to network and celebrate your achievements and attracts media interest internationally.