You’re sure to know someone who merits an MBE or a prestigious award; perhaps an individual volunteer in the community, a school governor, fundraising?
Many great individuals in our communities that could be considered for nominations that you’ve wondered why they’re not recognized before.
What causes this to happen?
A civil service worker working in an office with a dingy desk trawling lists to determine who should be nominated have long passed. There aren’t any official lists on which names are added to and later acknowledged when the person rises up to the highest levels. This is not the decision of your local councilor or your MP.
If this is the case, who is the person who nominates the hundreds individuals every year? The answer is easy. People like me and you.
If you don’t name anyone, there’s a good chance that nobody else will.
I began encouraging people to nominate more following the time my dear friend Robin was selected and tragically passed away before the process was complete. Don’t make the same mistake as I made. If you know of a fantastic person, nominate them.
Only person who you cannot nominate to be recognized in the UK honors system is you!
How do they work?
Nominating someone to be a nominee is much easier than you imagine. The government is able to publish all of the required forms online. You can send all the information via email.
There’s also plenty of information from different departments of government on filling in the forms so that you can maximize the benefits for your application.
There is no deadline for applications , and anyone are able to submit their nominations at any time during the year. Awards are announced in the The New Year (end the month of December) and also for the Queen’s birthday (mid-June). It typically takes between 12 and 18 months for the processing of nominations due to the background checks conducted by Cabinet Office officials (yes, they can conduct the HMRC or police background checks). Initially, a nomination is evaluated by a group from the area where the person has volunteered followed by an Cabinet Office committee that reviews every nomination.
There is no way to nominate a person for a particular award. The person you nominate is the process determines the degree of award.
How to get an MBE
It is recommended that nominations be made during the time the person is working and has at least 12 months prior to when they retire or resign. Anyone who is nominated following retirement is unlikely to succeed.
The process of naming someone is comprised of two components:
the citation written by person who submitted the nomination
supporting letters, that are written by people who confirm the reason for recommending that person. These letters are written by people to confirm why you’re nominating that.
Citation is the sole source of evidence that anyone involved in the process will have regarding the nominee.
It is essential to take these things into consideration:
There is intense the competition for honours. Every nomination is subject to a rigorous evaluation and is decided dependent on the information in the of the citation form. Create the most impressive nomination you can, and be sure to state why you’re making the nomination this moment.
It must be obvious within the first few lines the reason why a nomination has been proposed, and the remainder of the text needs to be used to demonstrate this.
A citation is not more than a lengthy CV, a listing of achievements in education appointment, awards or post titles, or a job description that outlines what the employee did. Take a look at the person and the way you could be able to describe the work they’ve done.
The most frequent complaint concerns the fact that inadequate citations usually include these elements as well as stating that the person being recommended is “doing nothing more than a pay”. You might have a good relationship with the person, but forget that they are a volunteer and you should mention it.
The citation should explain the uniqueness of your nominee’s accomplishments and demonstrate in a clear and memorable manner the ways and places they have had an impact.
Honours committees constantly look for evidence that shows nominees have been above and beyond. They look for evidence to show that the nominee has given back to the community. This can strengthen your argument.
It must be clear what activities of someone’s are different to their “standard” function If the committee is not sure, they’ll conclude that what’s being described is a paid job. Make it clear.