2021 University Excellence in Communications Awards Nominations

University Communications is excited to host the third annual University Excellence in Communications Awards. This is a time to recognize marketers and communicators from across campus for their efforts in telling the ongoing story of UT Austin to our many different audiences. Make a nomination via the online form or view the winners and finalists from 2020 and 2019.


  • Any staff or faculty member can nominate any UT Austin staff member or team in a communications role.
  • Communications staff can self-nominate.
  • Nominees must be in good standing with the University.
  • Work completed between June 1, 2020, and May 31, 2021


Entries are due July 31, 2021.


Please review the 14 categories below and consider nominating your team, yourself, or any other UT Austin communication staff member for an award for any work completed between June 1, 2020, and May 31, 2021.

Community Outreach: Outreach campaigns or publications to external communities and non–UT Austin community partners in Texas​

Cross-University Collaboration: Work by multiple teams and individuals collaborating across campus

Internal Communications: Strategy, campaigns or publications focused on any UT Austin internal audiences: students, faculty or staff​

Marketing & Development Campaigns: Campaigns produced online and/or in print

Media Relations: Placements and/or press coverage with external media

Photography: Photography in a single work product or campaign (up to seven images). Photos are not required to have been taken by the same photographer

Publications - Magazines: Magazines (story-telling vehicles with narratives and images) produced online or in print

Publications - Non-magazines: Non-story-centered publications (e.g., viewbooks, annual reports) produced online or in print

Small but Mighty: Work by teams of three or fewer people in an office, school or unit that makes a big impact despite small resources​

Social Media: Social media strategy demonstrated by a campaign or overall presence

Video: Video for a specific institutional purpose

Visual Design: Visual design, online or in print

Websites and Applications: Digital platforms such as websites, web and mobile applications, augmented reality, and/or virtual reality applications

Writing: Long-form and/or short-form writing, published online or in print, single articles or multiple stories (up to three)

Make a nomination via the online form