DMU logo

Your questions answered

What are the OSCAR Awards?

The OSCAR Awards have been designed to recognise, celebrate and reward the inspirational successes, talents and achievements of our colleagues in delivering an outstanding contribution to DMU. The OSCAR Awards will recognise those teams or individuals who do something outstanding in a positive way over and above the usual expectation and responsibilities of their role. This could, for example, be a one-off project or act, or it might reflect outstanding achievement over a longer period.

What does OSCAR stand for?

OSCAR stands for Outstanding Service Contribution and Achievement Recognition.

What are the OSCAR categories?

The OSCAR Awards categories for 2017 are:

  1. Award for Excellence in Service Delivery
  2. Outstanding Contribution to Promoting our City
  3. Exceptional Contribution to the Student Experience
  4. Outstanding Contribution to Research Excellence
  5. The Unsung Hero Award
  6. Team of the Year
  7. Outstanding Contribution to Internationalisation
  8. Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service to DMU

Where did the categories come from?

The categories have been designed to reflect important aspects of the university’s strategic framework and represent the university’s mission and vision. The categories have been approved by the Vice Chancellor of the university.

How do I nominate?

In order to nominate, you must complete and submit a nomination form.
You can do this in a number of ways:

Post: Send your form to - The OSCAR Awards Team, POD, Eric Wood Building.

Email: Download the nomination form and send to

When is the closing date for nominations?

Sunday 2 April 2017

I can think of a person or team to nominate but I can’t find a suitable category. Can I still nominate?

Please contact the OSCAR Awards Team who will be happy to discuss your nomination with you and try to find a suitable category for you to nominate against.

How much information do I need to provide on the nomination form?

Please provide the panel with as much information as possible explaining the reasons why you are making your nomination and supporting your nominations with examples where possible. The nomination form has been designed with sufficient space to enable you to do this.

Is there a word limit on the nomination form?

The nomination form invites you to answer three very specific questions and provides ample space to enable you to do this.  Whilst there is no word limit, we would ask you to stick to these box sizes.

I have made a nomination, what happens next?

Thank you for taking the time to make a nomination. Each nomination will be reviewed by a juding panel and a maximum of three nominations for each category will be shortlisted with finalists invited to the awards ceremony In June.

How many nominees are shortlisted for each category?

Three nominees will be shortlisted for each category and invited to the awards ceremony in June.

When will the shortlisted nominees be announced?

The shortlisted nominees will be announced on the OSCAR Awards webpages and each nominee will also be advised of their shortlisting by letter and formally invited to the awards ceremony. Shortlisted nominees will be announced during week commencing 15 May 2017.

Who are the judges?

The judging panel will be senior members of university staff and specialists in each of the award categories.

When is the OSCAR Awards ceremony?

The OSCAR Awards ceremony will be held on the evening of Thursday 29 June 2017.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced at the OSCARS Award Ceremony.

Are there any sponsors?

The university invites sponsorship from external companies and any details of sponsors will be updated on the OSCAR Awards website.  

Where can I park?

The main staff car park will be open for shortlisted nominees and guests to park for the ceremony.

How long does the evening last?

The exact timings of the event will be confirmed nearer the time, however, as a guide we expect guests will be asked to arrive between 6–6.30pm and we expect the evening to finish at approximately 10–10.30pm.

Will food and drink be provided at the ceremony?

Yes, drinks will be served on arrival, followed by a three course dinner.

Is there a dress code for the ceremony?

Although the dress code will not be black tie, we do want the event to be a celebration of staff achievements, talents and successes and therefore the dress code is ‘elegant attire’.

I have been shortlisted for a category. Will I have to give a speech?

No speeches will be need to be given by shortlisted individuals or teams. However, photographs of the winner(s) accepting their awards may be taken and we will want to interview winners so that their achievements can be promoted on the staff webpages.

Can I bring a guest with me?

Individuals shortlisted for an award will be invited to bring a guest with them to the ceremony. Teams shortlisted for an award will unfortunately not be able to bring guests due to the number restrictions at the venue.

I haven’t been shortlisted for an award but would very much like to attend the ceremony anyway, can I do this?

Unfortunately due to seating and number restrictions, attendance at the event will be strictly by invitation only.

3967.2 OSCAR 2017 thumbnail-600x472
Intranet target area image

Single Sign-On allows you to access multiple IT resources with only one log in.

Events calendar
Events calendar

At DMU there is always something to do or see, check out our events for yourself.

Staff portal target area image
Staff portal

Check your email, view your payslips and access all our systems including Blackboard.