How to participate

Invitations to the 14th round were issued to heads of higher and further education institutions on 11 November 2020. The closing date for receipt of entries by the Trust is Monday 10 May 2021.

The Entry document, Application form and Summary sheet are also available below in the section ‘Submitting your entry’. The Application form and Summary sheet should be signed by the head of institution (electronically if more convenient).

Entry requirements

The process is straightforward and is open to all recognised UK colleges or universities offering a range of full-time courses and programmes.

Once you have identified a project or area of work which you feel addresses the criteria listed below, use the forms available on this page to create your entry and submit it to the email address shown.

To compete for a Queen’s Anniversary Prize, your entry can be in any subject, field or discipline. It must be evidence-based and persuade reviewers that:

  • It is of very high quality and an example of the best the UK can do in the particular field you have chosen
  • It is innovative or ground-breaking – and distinct from comparable work elsewhere
  • It brings specific benefits to your college or university, its educational activities, programmes and methods, and its standing
  • It delivers identifiable and verifiable public, scientific, educational and other practical benefits in the wider world

Entries must comprise an Application form, Summary sheet and a Main narrative of not more than 10 A4 pages. Entries should be submitted in the name of the head of the institution, who should sign the Application form and the Summary sheet. Entries should be sent to the Trust as separate PDF attachments to Full details are available in the Entry document available on this page.

Assessment process

Assessment of entries is undertaken by The Royal Anniversary Trust under a well-established and rigorous independent process.  This takes around six months.  Initial review is undertaken by a panel of over 300 readers, with a wide range of experience at senior and professional levels.  After referral to technical and specialist bodies and advisers, and to government departments in the UK countries, a shortlist is created and recommendations are made by the Awards Council of the Trust for the approval of HM The Queen.

Further guidance & FAQs

Institutions are invited to watch the below webinar recordings for further information on the criteria for the awards, how to enter and the assessment process.

FAQs about the entry and assessment process, including questions raised at the webinars, can be found here.

FE webinar (October 2020)

HE webinar (January 2021)


Submitting your entry

The 14th Round Entry document, with full entry criteria and requirements, is available here, along with interactive Application and Summary forms. Entries should be sent to the Trust (to be received by 10 May 2021) as separate PDF attachments to