1. TAKE A RISK
There is no such thing as a typical winner for the St Andrews Prize for the Environment. Winners and finalists come from lots of different countries, sectors, disciplines and sizes of organisations. The main thing is to take the plunge and pitch yourself against your peers.
We try to make entry to the Prize as easy as possible. There’s one simple online application form for the first stage, which we estimate can be completed in less than an hour if you are familiar with all the details. Entry is also free.
2. INNOVATION AND IMPACT
First submission round screening takes place over an intense, time-limited, 4-week period in October. Make sure you follow the steps in the How to Enter section to give your entry the best chance of making the second submission round and to help the judges assess your entry fairly, accurately and efficiently. Remember:
3. UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS
Our Screening Committee use score-sheets and the team is looking for evidence in six areas. Drawing attention to the following aspects will strengthen your entry:
- Evidence of potential or achieved technical and/or business success
- Impact on the environment
- Impact on stakeholders
- Wider application of your work
4. BENEFITS AND EVIDENCE
The best entries are always full of benefits and evidence. Data such as cost and efficiency savings, waste reduction, capacity improvements, skills development, feedback, sales and commercial success will likely impress the screening committee and score highly.
5. IMAGES AND GRAPHICS
Good quality pictures, drawings or well-labelled graphics can be worth a thousand words. Applicants may submit one image or graphic with their first-round entry.
6. ENTRY WRITING STYLE
The St Andrews Prize for the Environment attracts entries from all over the world, including many countries where English is not the first or official language. The Screening Committee and Trustees take this into account, but we advise that entrants follow these simple rules:
- Submissions must be in English
- Submissions must be clearly written for a general (rather than technical) audience
- Keep sentences short (@15 words)
- Use short words where possible
- Use simple, everyday English
- Be concise
- Use lists and bullets
- Limit the use of acronyms and make sure they are defined
7. QUALITY VERSUS QUANTITY
The Screening Committee and Trustees appreciate entries that avoid repetition and unnecessary or spurious information. Word limits will be applied to entries for three reasons: to make it easier to apply; to ensure fairness by making all entries apply consistent rules which are detailed on the online form; and to help the screening committee assess hundreds of applications equally. Many entries don’t reach the limits set, so consider the quality of your application rather than quantity of words.
Please make sure though that you write sufficient content to allow your entry to be considered for the next round. The quality of your first-round submission will determine whether you make it to the second round. It also lets the Screening Committee assess hundreds of applications equally.
8. MEET THE ENTRY DEADLINE
The Screening Committee and Trustees reserve the right to extend the entry deadline by two weeks, but this depends on several factors. We advise you always to plan on submitting your entry before the specified deadline detailed on the website and don’t gamble on there being an extension. After the closing date for entries, the submission mechanism will be removed from the website and the page will say “entries now closed”.
9. SECOND-ROUND SUBMISSION
If you make the second-round submission stage – 30 entries are selected for second-round submission - you will be required to provide a more detailed summary of your project. If you make it to this stage, more information on the requirements will be communicated to you. Again, consider quality of content over quantity. You will also be asked to provide more photographs/diagrams and a short video clip of your project.
If you do not make the second-round submission stage, you will be notified.
10. FINALISTS SELECTION
The Screening Committee and Trustees will review a shortlist of 30 entries in early March when the three finalists will be selected. Finalists will be notified and those projects that were shortlisted but didn’t make the finalist stage will also be advised.
11. ATTENDANCE AT ST ANDREWS
The three finalists will be invited to attend the St Andrews Prize for the Environment event at St Andrews University in Scotland in April where they will have the opportunity to present their projects to the screening committee, Trustees and invited guests This presentation must be in English.
They will also be asked to provide additional information, photographs and/or video clips in advance of the event for the purposes of media relations. A project and photo sheet is prepared for each of the finalists, which is made available to the Trustees and the media.
12. GIVE IT A GO – VARIETY WELCOMED
The St Andrews Prize for the Environment features a wide variety of different projects/initiatives. What makes the Prize special is its network of previous winners and finalists and the wide variety of topics covered. Click here to see some of the Topics that you might choose to focus on, which have been featured in the past. Perseverance is important and new ideas are welcomed.