Are you eligible for nomination of an IRMS Award?
The short answer is that you may well be! However, in order to ensure that awards are transparent and fair we do have some criteria for the sorts of things that we are looking for as worthy of special recognition. Each of our award types are laid out below. Have a read through below and visit the case studies of previous years' winners to see if it's something you'd like to go for! For all nominations there are the same criteria;
- The person nominating has to be a member of the IRMS.
- The nominee doesn't have to be a member of the IRMS (but obviously it helps).
- Nomination statements should be no longer than 1000 words.
- Nominations have to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by the set deadline.
You can self nominate, however this will require a reference to back up your nomination. i.e. Please ensure you provide details of someone we can contact to verify the statement in your nomination against the criteria outlined below.
Professional of the Year
For professional of the year we are looking for someone exceptional. In 2016 we said that every information professional was an "Information Superhero" and we stand by that, so we are looking for the superhero of all superheroes. Someone who, in your opinion, over the last year has gone above and beyond what you would expect to achieve great things for their team, their organisation or the wider profession. If they have done anything that would fit any of the following, consider them for nomination!
- Far exceeded yours or a customers expectations on service (customer can be someone in the business as well as an external person)
- Acted as an inspirational or motivational leader to the benefit of a team or a particular individual
- Created a product, service or approach that you believe is industry leading
- Contributed useful content and knowledge to the benefit of the profession
It will help us get a grasp of how great this person is if we can understand what makes them great. What makes them an asset to your organisation or even to you professionally? Do you have a fond memory as a good example of how they have helped you or been an inspiration to you? Help us get to know them through your experiences and views of them.
Team of the Year
Team of the year looks to highlight accomplishments made by an Information Governance / Records Management / Information Management team within any organisation. We are looking for things that have improved the standing and practice of IG/IM/RM within your organisation or has improved the way your team can work to the benefit of your organisation. This could be a specific project or initiative or a string of successes of a set period of time. When writing your nomination we want to know;
- What did the team do that worked well?
- What were the outcomes of that activity?
- What knowledge was gained from what the team achieved?
- What examples do you have to demonstrate the achievement's success?
It will help us get a grasp of how great they were if you can outline and evidence what happened, what was achieved and how it benefits the organisation/the profession/the public.
How has that team benefitted their customers (internal or external (or both))? What has set them above the rest and makes them the go-to team for information and records management related matters?
Supplier of the Year
Good customer service should be an expectation of every organisation that offers any sort of service. Therefore we want to recognise and know about suppliers in the IG/IM/RM world that go above and beyond normal expectations of customer service. In the last year if the supplier you have in mind has done any of these things then they may well be worthy of nomination!
- Far exceeded your expectations on service and standards
- Delivered a service that you perceive to be great value for money
- Offered a service or product that you believe is industry leading
- Contributed useful content and knowledge to the benefit of the profession
It will help us get a grasp of how great they were if you can outline and evidence what your expectations were and how the supplier exceeded them. What was it about them that made them stand out?
How has that supplier benefitted its customers by working specifically with that supplier? In your opinion, what is it about them that sets them apart and above the rest?
Innovation of the Year
We come up with good ideas all the time (and some not so good) therefore the innovation of the year award is looking for examples where something new has been created and it has worked to enhance something. That something could be a technology, a methodology, a service or just a new way of working to improve IG/IM/RM practices. If the creation you have in mind has done any of the following over the last year, please consider nominating it for innovation of the year!
- Improved an existing product or service in a new way
- Created a new product or service to fill a gap that is of benefit to customers / users / wider society
It will help us get a grasp of how great this was if we can understand what makes it 'new' or 'innovative'. Is it a new approach to something? Or even an old approach re-hashed into something new? How has that innovation benefited your organisation, your customers or the wider community?
New Professional of the Year
If you or someone you know has been in the profession for five years or less they may be suitable for a New Professional Award. This could be someone;
- Currently studying an information and records management related degree or qualification
- Who is an apprentice and is new to the information world
- Who has just started their career in an information related role
More information on the Alison North New Professional Award and its criteria can be found at www.irms.org.uk/NewProfessionals.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Our profession is made up of professionals from all walks of life and in all stages of their professional career. This award does exactly what is says on the tin. If you know of someone that meets the below criteria they could well be worthy of a lifetime achievement award, one of our most prestigious and respected awards. We are looking for people who;
- Have worked in the profession for a number of years
- Would be considered, in your view, as someone who is respected in our profession
- Is someone who has contributed positively to their organisation(s)
- Has given back to the wider profession positively in some manner
It will help us get a grasp of how great this person is if we know more about their career, what they have achieved and why, in your opinion, they are someone among us who has earned a special recognition for their achievements to date.
How to Nominate
Nominating someone couldn't be easier if you follow these steps;
Step 1. Make sure the person / organisation you are nominating is happy to be nominated. Some people don't like the attention and that is absolutely fine, but please ensure you have spoken to them before you start this work.
Step 2. Write your nomination statement and ensure it is no longer than 1000 words long, ideally in a word document and contains enough evidence to support your nomination.
Step 3. Send a covering email containing the below to awards@irms,org.uk before the deadline. DO NOT SEND TO MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE. Only nominations made to email@example.com will be considered. Your nomination should contain;
- the name of the person or organisation you are nominating (and ideally contact details for them)
- the role/s and organisation (if applicable) of the nominee/s
- which award you are nominating them for
- the email contact details of the nominee/s
- a statement on why you are nominating them (no longer than 1000 words)
- your name and membership number
Step 4. Sit back, enjoy a nice cuppa, and await to hear from the Awards Panel. They may be in touch to ask for some more information or any clarifications. We can't tell you if you have won, but we do announce the finalists, all of whom are encouraged to attend our Conference and Awards Gala Dinner in May.
Please note: If any form of cheating, bribery or harassment of the awards panel members or fraudulent statements on a nomination is found on the application or as part of the public vote the Awards Panel reserves the right to void any such nomination and refer the matter to the IRMS Executive where further action may be taken. The IRMS is committed to fairness and transparency so any such behaviour will not be tolerated.