The countdown has begun! With just 10 weeks left until the submission deadline, the FE First Awards 2024, organised by the College Marketing Network, are back to celebrate excellence in marketing within further education colleges and sixth forms across the UK. This prestigious event, highly regarded in the sector, is the only one of its kind, solely dedicated to recognising the remarkable achievements of marketing teams and individuals within the further education arena.

What are the FE First Awards?

The FE First Awards are an annual celebration of marketing excellence in further education. They shine a spotlight on the hard work, creativity, and innovation that marketing professionals bring to their respective institutions. This event provides a unique platform for colleges and sixth forms to showcase their achievements and be recognized on a national level.

Who Can Enter?

One of the most fantastic aspects of the FE First Awards is that they are open to all further education colleges and sixth forms in the UK. Whether you’re a member of the College Marketing Network or not, you have an equal opportunity to enter and compete. It’s an inclusive competition that welcomes everyone striving for marketing excellence in the further education sector.

Key Details:

  • When: Monday, 29th January 2024, starting at 7:00 PM.
  • Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Birmingham City Centre.

Submission Deadline:

Please mark your calendars and take note of this crucial date: the submission deadline for the FE First Awards 2024 is 17th November 2023. This gives you precisely 10 weeks from today to gather your materials, perfect your entries, and submit them for consideration.

Why Should You Enter?

  1. Recognition: Winning an FE First Award is a testament to your hard work and dedication. It’s a badge of honor in the further education marketing world.
  2. Networking: The awards ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Birmingham City Centre is not only an evening of celebration but also an excellent networking opportunity. Connect with peers, potential collaborators, and industry experts.
  3. Showcase Your Institution: These awards allow your college or sixth form to showcase its marketing excellence on a national stage, attracting potential students and staff.
  4. Inspiration: Seeing the innovative ideas and strategies employed by others in your field can inspire fresh thinking and creativity in your own marketing efforts.


The FE First Awards feature a range of categories, each designed to recognize different aspects of marketing excellence. These may include awards for campaigns, publications, digital marketing, branding, and much more. Be sure to review the full list of categories to determine which best suits your achievements.

How to Enter:

Entering the FE First Awards is a straightforward process. You’ll find all the information you need, including guidelines, entry forms, and submission details here.


With just 10 weeks remaining until the submission deadline, now is the perfect time to start preparing your entries for the FE First Awards 2024. These awards are your chance to gain recognition, network with industry peers, and showcase the fantastic work you’re doing within your further education institution. Don’t miss this opportunity to shine in the spotlight of the only awards event dedicated to further education marketing. Submit your entries and mark the date, January 29th, 2024, on your calendar – it promises to be a night to remember!