The shortlist and winners of the Prospects Postgraduate Awards are chosen by experts from the Postgraduate Education sector. Each category is judged by its own panel normally comprising of around four people selected from the industry for their specialist skills and expertise. A representative of Prospects chairs each meeting but does not vote.

Entries are thoroughly read and discussed before a winner and highly commended organisation are chosen.

Our judges are carefully chosen because they are able to recognise the difference between industry standards and truly outstanding practice.

View our judging panel for the 2014 event below.


Awards entries & general enquiries

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Julie Blant, Chair of AGCAS Postgraduate Students Task Group/Postgraduate Careers Service Manager, Nottingham University Business School

With over 10 years experience of focusing on postgraduate careers Julie has been involved in postgraduate initiatives at a national level whilst leading and implementing career development initiatives for Business School postgraduates at Nottingham.

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Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive, Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR)

Stephen started as Chief Executive of the AGR in July 2013. Stephen has specialised in graduate recruitment and development for over 15 years in professional services, retail and public sector roles. He was previously Head of Graduate Recruitment for UK and Ireland at Ernst & Young.

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Maureen Tibby, Academic Lead-Employability, Higher Education Academy

Maureen has worked in Education for over 30 years and in her role supports the implementation and dissemination of effective employability policy and practice in Higher Education.

She designs, develops and coordinates workshops, seminars, conferences, training and research and produces written briefings/papers/reports to inform the wider sector of developments and initiatives in Higher Education. She also works closely with key sector bodies, collaborating on key activities to ensure effective employability support.

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Ben Massey, Liaison and Development Officer, UK Council for Graduate Education

Ben has been with the Council since February 2012 managing a number of significant marketing activities that have delivered positive growth and increased engagement across the membership. He has played a key role in the development of some of the Council's recent developments including The Postgraduate, the UKCGE website, social media channels and building strong relationships with associated organisations. Ben has also contributed significantly to strategic planning of the organisation and redeveloped existing services to meet the needs of a growing and evolving membership.

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Max du Bois, Executive Director, Spencer du Bois

Max has over twenty five years of not for profit, government, social enterprise, b2b and b2c brand experience. Max's brand consultancy, Spencer du Bois Ltd (spencerdubois.co.uk), has won more effectiveness awards than any other brand consultancy in the sector.

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Marc Lintern, Director, Careers Service, Newcastle University

Marc is Director of the Newcastle University Careers Service and a member of the AGCAS Board of Directors. He has fifteen years experience of managing higher education careers services in different parts of the sector, having worked previously at Plymouth and Portsmouth universities.

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Chris Millward, Associate Director, Higher Education Funding Council for England

Chris is responsible for HEFCE's policy and funding on postgraduate education and on strategically important and vulnerable subjects. He also leads the institutional team with responsibility for engaging with universities and colleges in the North of England and with the Open University. Prior to joining HEFCE in 2006, Chris was an Associate Director at the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and worked at the universities of Durham, Edinburgh and Warwick.

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Dave Gilmore, Head of Communications, NUS

Dave Gilmore has been working in Higher Education and the student movement for the last eleven years. He has primarily focussed his work on building relationships with member students' unions, before becoming NUS' Head of Communications over two years ago. He has recently been responsible for rebranding the NUS group, providing it with a fresh new identity which reflects the organisation's new approach for engaging students' directly.

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Chris Bush, Head of UX, Sigma

Chris heads up the User Experience (UX) team at WeAreSigma.com, a leading digital design and development company who believe that investing in user experience, research and engagement delivers better products to a happier audience.

Chris has developed Sigma's services in user research, testing and user experience consulting including persuasive design (PET Theory). He often leads the conceptual design on many projects, helping to shape a project from the initial concept, through user testing, release and further iterative development. He helped to shape the user experience and online engagement strategy across a range of projects and services for Sigma customers including Citizens Advice, Global TV, HGTV, Food network and InterContinental Hotels Group.

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Kyle Burrows, Chief Executive, Propeller Training

Kyle has worked in the training and development industry for over 12 years. He specialises in designing and delivering bespoke training and coaching solutions to develop emerging talent within organisations. Kyle was previously a Director at Hobsons UK.