Our awards

We want to showcase the Government Communication Service’s brilliant work.

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Campaign of the Month

Each month, the creativity of government communicators and the impact of their work is celebrated on the GCS website, with our Campaign of the Month. See past winners tagged campaign of the month.

A way for comms professionals to share examples of innovation and best practices with the GCS community. The competition is run on a monthly basis by the GCS Communications and Membership Services team.

Judging and winners

The winner is chosen by a senior panel of GCS judges, then announced through a GCS news story and amplified through the GCS social media channels at the beginning of each month. For example, an April winner will be announced in early May. To enable sharing of best practices, the winning team is encouraged to write a blog post.

If you are at Grade 7 or above, you can also apply to be a Campaign of the Month judge by emailing gcs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk.

Enter the Campaign of the Month

To enter, you need to complete a submission form that is based on the OASIS model (objectives, audience insight, strategy, implementation, and scoring/evaluation) and covers all MCOM (Modern Communications Operating Model) disciplines.

Send your form to gcs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk by the second last Friday of the month. Note that specific submission deadlines are advertised in our newsletters.

Development Award

We launched a new initiative this year to recognise the achievements of government communicators in the area of learning and development. Building on the GCS Curriculum, the GCS Professional Development Award will be presented quarterly to a communicator who has demonstrated excellence in learning new skills and applying them in their role.

Judging and winners

The GCS Development Award will be judged by a GCS Curriculum Board member.

Winners will be given an opportunity for a series of 1-2-1 coaching sessions with a member of the board. They will also be awarded a digital certificate and 5 CPD points.

Enter the GCS Development Award 

To enter, you need to:

  • write 500 words maximum, answering the following questions:
    • Whose learning and development are you nominating; your own, your team’s or someone else’s?
    • Tell us about the learning you have completed. What did you do, how did it come about it, how long did it take?
    • What aspects were new and challenging? How did it take your skills and knowledge further? 
    • How has the learning improved your performance and the standard of your work? What are you doing differently as a result?
    • What piece of advice would you give to other people, based on what you have learned?
  • email gcs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk
  • copy your line manager into the email
  • by when: date to be announced each quarter

Good luck!