Nominate a Game Changer to be a Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Batonbearer

Do you know someone who has taken on a big issue and changed the game? You could nominate a University of Birmingham member of staff, student or graduate to act as a batonbearer for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

This is a special once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be involved in the Games. The Queen's Baton Relay is a relay around the world, carrying a message from the Head of the Commonwealth (currently the Queen) and returning to Birmingham for the Games Opening Ceremony. 

The University has 20 nominated places for staff, students and alumni to be involved as batonbearers at various legs across the UK. Nominations are open to staff, students and graduates to nominate those based in the UK who have taken on a challenge or issue that has had a positive impact on the University or wider community.

Nominations are not currently open.

  • Your details
  • Nominator name
  • Nominee Details
  • Nominee name
  • What challenge or issue have they taken on?
    Please explain in 50-150 words the specific challenge or issue that they have taken on. How has this been game changing? Why is this challenge or issue important? How has the individual approached this challenge or issue? Concrete examples and clear evidence of what has been done are especially useful. Nominations are limited to the word count provided and judges will not see words over the limit.
  • How has this made an impact?
    Please explain in 50-150 words how this individual has made a positive impact on the University or community. What is the lasting impact of the work that they have done? How has this ‘changed the game’? Nominations are limited to the word count provided and judges will not see words over the limit.

Guidance for nominations

The following information provides details of how to nominate a colleague(s), a student(s) or a graduate to be a Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Batonbearer during June and July 2022.

The deadline to submit nominations is midnight, Sunday 19 July 2021. There will be no exceptions to this deadline.

Eligibility

  • All nominations and nominees must be a current student, member of staff or graduate of the University or a student at the UoB School
  • All staff and students are eligible to nominate and be nominated, including academic and research staff
  • Nominees must be UK based
  • The judging panel is not eligible to nominate or be nominated
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted

Format

  • Details in attachments or web links will not be considered
  • Word limits must be adhered to

Content

  • Nominations should be detailed and specific, providing examples of merit wherever possible, with strong facts and information to back up nominations
  • Judges will be focussing on the core message within each nomination and not the writing style or correct use of grammar
  • Remember, you need to grab the judges’ attention

Of note

  • The judges will hold all nominations in confidence. The Nominee will be provided with a copy of the text from your nomination. Your personal details will be removed before the nomination is shared with the Nominee. The text you provide may be edited (for presentational purposes only) and used in Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games related promotional material
  • Incomplete forms will not be considered
  • Nominations should be in your own words (do not copy and paste from someone else’s nomination)
  • Individuals should not solicit nominations from others
  • Duplicate nominations will be grouped and considered as one
  • Batonbearers will have to agree to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee terms and conditions to participate as well as submitting to a background check
  • For further guidance in completing the nomination form, please contact DARO

Nomination award categories and criteria

Judges will base their decisions on the information provided in the nominations. Batonbearer places are for people, not roles, so judges are looking for evidence of excellent performers, whose approach and impact go beyond normal expectations for their roles. Nominations are limited to the word count provided and judges will not see words over the limit; please use your word allocation to bring the nominee's contribution alive for the judges. Concrete examples and clear evidence of what has been done and how it has made a positive impact are especially useful.

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