HESPA Awards

An annual celebration of the work of our members and our sector

The HESPA awards are an annual celebration of the work of our members and our sector. The awards aim to highlight excellence, innovation and dedication, posing an opportunity to support the professionalisation and recognition of strategic planners, while motivating colleagues and boosting morale.

The 2024 Awards will be presented during our HESPA Annual Conference dinner in February 2024. 

The deadline for nominations is noon on the 1st December 2023.

The nomination process

  • Only organisations with full membership of HESPA are eligible for entry.
  • You can make a nomination on behalf of yourself, your team, a colleague or another team from either inside or outside your own institution.
  • The nomination should be seconded by a Director of Planning or equivalent senior person, from your own or another institution.
  • Complete the relevant form for each category and submit it to by noon on the 1st December 2023.
  • Nominations can be entered for more than one award category by completing and submitting each of the relevant forms
  • Please only make one nomination per category from your institution.

The judging process

  • The judges are HESPA members from across the sector who have volunteered to undertake the task.
  • Judges will not be involved in the judging of a category if their own institution has submitted a relevant nomination.


The Award categories for 2024 are


The Data Story Award  

Tell us a story about a project or piece of work in which data has been used to make a real difference to your university and/or its stakeholders. Tell us how the journey unfolded; how was the data identified, prepared and presented to support decision making and influence change that supports a strategy. This could be developing a data system that has helped identify at-risk students or has led to savings in operating costs.

We’re open to your ideas. Please, tell us a story! 

The Innovation Award  

Showcase a project or initiative that demonstrates a creative and groundbreaking approach to navigating complex and changing landscapes. This could be anything from initiating new ways of engaging remote-working teams to utilising a novel horizon scanning project to support the development of a long-term strategy.

It can be technical, people-orientated, systems-based… anything goes for this, but it has to be new and exciting. 

The Strategic Planning Award  

Can you demonstrate a highly integrated and collaborative approach to strategic planning, where a team or individual has worked with multiple stakeholders to drive a strategy forward, pulling information and activities together across teams or the institution?  

This could be related to institutional strategy or other strategies e.g. Data, Risk, EDI, etc. The nomination should demonstrate cross-institutional engagement with different partners and functions. 

Nomination form for the Strategic Planning Award


Paul Youngson Award  

In memory of an excellent planner and treasured colleague, the Paul Youngson Award this year is for an individual who has made a valuable contribution to project or piece of work related to one or more of the many facets of strategy and planning.

Do you have a team member who has gone above and beyond to make a real difference to the success of your team or a particular project? We want to hear about them. 

Nomination form for the Paul Youngson Award

Previous award winners


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