Timeline:

8th July 2020
' Nominations Open '
6th August 2020
' Nominations Close '
14th October 2020
' Shortlist Announced '
4th December 2020
' Awards Ceremony '

Nominations closing soon!

Nominations for the 2020 Civil Service Diversity & Inclusion Awards close on Thursday 6 August, so this is your last chance to nominate an individual or team making the Civil Service a great place to work. Please take the opportunity to make your voice heard, and to support a colleague or team that you think is making a real difference.

For those of you that have attended or been part of the awards before, you’ll know that they are one of the highlights of our work to ensure we are the most inclusive employer.  They are a chance to celebrate the very practical things that are happening in teams across the country, and to thank those individuals and groups who are going out of their way to make things work better for all of us.

This year, there are even more categories - helping us make stronger connections between the projects we have in place to ensure our workplaces are both fair and inclusive, and our wider purpose as a Civil Service.  So there’s a new ‘Impact on the Citizen Award’, for example, which recognises the innovative approaches being used to put diversity and inclusion at the core of our policies.  And there’s also a Cabinet Secretary ‘Year of Inclusion’ Award, which will help us recognise those cross-cutting projects that are ensuring diversity and inclusion is firmly embedded in our wider objectives.

That’s of more interest this year of course when we haven’t been able to work together in person, and when we have had to give lots of thought to the inclusive behaviours and ways of working that have been needed to sustain delivery during the pandemic.  I’m looking forward to seeing in the nominations those projects that have responded with innovation to that situation, and to how we have jointly tackled any gaps and disparities - and I know I and other senior leaders are immensely grateful for how individuals and teams have pulled together over the past few months.

If you’re still not sure about the nominations, have a look at how our past winners have described the lasting impact on the work they are doing, with their initiatives continuing to benefit even more civil servants - and if you haven’t yet done so, please submit a nomination now before the deadline of 6 August.

Rupert McNeil, Government Chief People Officer, CSHR