The 2012 Podium Awards

The Podium Awards was a distinguished, one-time-only celebration recognizing the vital role colleges and universities across the UK have played in delivering the London 2012 Games. I happened to attend since the company I worked for in London was a sponsor. I have since returned to the US where I work for an online ecommerce site that allows people to replace eyeglass lenses without going to a glass frame store. For anyone living far away from a glass frame store, who is disabled, or simply doesn't want the hassle of dealing with going to a store, this site is the answer. All you have to do is mail your glasses in to us, and we will install single vision, progressive, bifocal, or trifocal replacement lenses. All lenses are made in the United States, and every lens order goes through over 20 quality control checkpoints to ensure that it meets their high standards. I have broached the idea of creating a second website that would cater to people living in Britain. The owners were willing to consider the idea IF they could find a quality lens manufacturer in Britain they could partner with. Who knows, perhaps I will be returning to London.

This website was created solely for announcing and promoting the event. When the site's domain expired and it once again became available I bought it with the goal of recreating as much of its original content as possible from archived pages.Even though the specific usefulness of the site, as it was intended has ended, this was a gala event whose presence via the internet, I believe, should still be available.

To those who discover this podiumawards2012.com website, please consider the information on the site for historical purposes. Those who attended the ceremony will have a nostalgic walk through the days leading up to the event, as well as being able to reminisce about actual Awards evening. Enjoy.

 

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The Podium Awards forms part of Universities Week 2012 which takes place from 30 April - 7 May and will recognize Higher Education's contribution to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Podium will be hosting a glamorous Awards Evening on 3 May 2012 to showcase the very best of the Further and Higher Education sectors. The Podium Awards Evening will take place at Forman's Fish Island overlooking the London 2012 Olympic Stadium. Our Awards Evening will take place the day before the British Universities & Colleges Sport Outdoor Athletics Championships (4-7 May 2012). This will be the official test event for the 2012 Olympic Stadium and will involve over 40,000 spectators watching the very best of student sport.

Podium is working in partnership with Universities UK and British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) as part of Universities Week 2012.

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Awards Evening

The Podium Awards Evening will take place at Forman’s Fish Island which boasts unparalleled views of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, a roof terrace and world famous smoked salmon and seasonal British foods.

Forman's Fish Island
Stour Road
Fish Island
London  E3 2NT

Nearest Underground Station:  Stratford
 

The Schedule

The Podium Awards Evening will consist of:

  • 6.30pm - Drinks  Reception and Networking
  • 7.15pm - Dinner
  • 8.45pm - Award Ceremony  
  • 10.00pm - Conclusion of Award Ceremony
  • 11.00pm - Close 

There will be Keynote speakers throughout the Podium Awards Evening and further details will be announced shortly.

Dress Code

The Podium Awards Evening will be a Black Tie event.

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Applications now open!

Applications for the Podium Awards are now open! Please visit our Awards Categories for further information on each award and for details on how you can nominate.

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Awards Categories

Podium has received more than 200 nominations for diverse Olympic and Paralympic Games related projects, programmes and partnerships produced by Further and Higher Education providers across the UK.

For a complete list of those projects that will be fighting it out for Gold Medals please click on the following categories below:

  • The Award for Outstanding Sporting Project
  • The Award for Creative Cultural Project
  • The 'Get Set' Award for Inspiring Outstanding Learning through the London 2012 Games  
  • The Award for Inspirational Skills Project
  • The 'British Council' Award for Innovative International Collaboration (FE only)
  • The 'British Council' Award for Innovative International Collaboration (HE only)
  • The 'RCUK' Award for Exceptional Research Contribution
  • The 'Be a Champion' Award for Successful Student Led Activity
  • The Award for Invaluable Volunteering Project

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Vote for Coubertin's Olympic Vision Award

You can now vote for the prestigious ‘Coubertin’s Olympic Vision’ Award. This award, voted upon by the public, acknowledges the project that most lives up to the ideals of the founder of the modern Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin.

Please view the short videos of the six outstanding projects, selected by the Podium Awards judging panel, before casting your vote. The project with the most votes wins so make sure you tell your friends, family, work colleagues and anyone else to get online and vote for ‘Coubertin’s Olympic Vision’ Award!


Six outstanding projects have been short listed for the prestigious Coubertin’s Olympic Vision’ Award as part of the Podium Awards Evening. Voted upon by the public, this award acknowledges the project that most lives up to the ideals of the founder of the modern Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin.

The winner of 'Coubertin's Olympic Vision' will be announced as the finale of the Podium Awards Evening on 3 May 2012.

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Sponsor the Podium Awards

The Podium Awards presents fantastic opportunities for companies to sponsor what will be the definitive London 2012 inspired event for the Further and Higher Education sectors.

We are offering a variety of sponsorship packages:

Awards Evening sponsor (headline sponsor)

Stand out from the crowd by being the headline sponsor of this one-off Awards evening.

Detailed below are the highlights of the headline sponsorship package but we are more than happy to tailor the package to meet your requirements:

Pre-event exposure

  •  Sponsor logo on Podium Awards website and on all marketing materials
  •  Sponsor logo on Awards programme
  •  Name, profile and sponsor’s web address listed on the ‘Sponsor’ page and the ‘Awards’ pages of the event website
  •  Dedicated e-shot for sponsor sent to all booked guests
  •  Attendee list
  •  Use of the event logo and web link for marketing purposes i.e. promote on sponsor’s website
  •  Logo on Awards dinner invites

At the event

  •  Primary branding of drinks reception and dinner hall
  •  Name, logo and profile printed on dinner table menus
  •  Opportunity to offer corporate gifts (goody bags) at drinks reception or at each place setting for dinner
  •  Opportunity to supply additional branding for the drinks reception and dinner hall
  •  Acknowledgement of sponsor during the evening
  •  Opportunity for speaking slot for sponsor during the evening
  •  Individual sponsor of one of the Awards (*see Award option below for full details)
  •  Reserved dinner table  (including 4 sponsor places and 1 VIP invitation)
  •  Attendee list

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Individual Award sponsor (x8)

Opportunity to sponsor any of the eight award categories*.

The Awards will be announced individually as part of the Awards Ceremony and each sponsor can enjoy primary branding during their award presentation.

Pre-event exposure

  •  Opportunity to name and shape the theme of the Award (subject to availability and agreement with Podium)
  •  Launch and management of the award campaign, advertised on the dedicated event website and on Podium website
  •  Seat on judging panel for award short listing process
  •  Name on Awards programme
  •  Name, logo, profile and link to sponsor’s website on the ‘Awards’ page and the event website
  •  Use of the event logo and web link for marketing purposes i.e. promote on sponsor’s website
  •  Attendee List

At the event

  •  Name, logo and profile included in the Awards programme
  •  Two invitations to the Awards Evening
  •  Opportunity for sponsor representative to present the award to the winner and runners up
  •  Acknowledgement of sponsor during the dinner
  •  Sponsor logo featured on holding slide during award presentation
  •  Sponsor logo featured on the award
  •  Winner receives a minimum of £1000 prize money/grant (included in sponsorship fee), to ensure that the project and your company has a tangible living legacy.
  •  Attendee List

If you are interested in becoming the headline sponsor for the prestigious Podium Awards or for one of the individual awards please contact Tom Marsh to discuss these opportunities further:
T: 020 7664 4837 or 07824 412 700
E: tom@podium.ac.uk
Engagement and Events Manager, Podium

Please note that the prices quoted reflect the package benefits and level of exposure that the sponsor would get but we would be more than happy to explore different options .

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*Award Categories

  • The Award for Outstanding Sporting Project
  • The Award for Creative Cultural Project
  • The Award for Excellent Educational Project
  • The Award for Inspirational Skills Project
  • The Award for Innovative International Collaboration
  • The Award for Exceptional Research Contribution
  • The Award for Successful Student Led Activity
  • The Award for Invaluable Volunteering Project

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UPDATE

The Podium Awards, hosted by Channel 4 presenter Rick Edwards, was attended by more than 350 guests and recognized the sporting, educational and creative projects of more than 27 institutions from across the UK

Congratulations to all of the Podium Awards winning projects on their exceptional work.

The 230 projects nominated all serve as a tremendous example of how the power of the Games is being used to inspire people to make a real and lasting difference.

Winners-

SkillsActive was crowned winner of the prestigious Gold Medal for the ‘Award for Invaluable Volunteering Project’ at the 2012 Podium Awards on Thursday, May 3, 2012.


Hackney Community College staff and students received three awards at the Podium 2012 Awards for further and higher education’s work inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


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