The ISTC presents various awards to recognise achievements in Technical Communication. We also recognise long-term service to the profession of Technical Communication and to the Institute itself.
UK Technical Communication Awards
The purpose of the UK Technical Communication Awards is to recognise the value of clear, concise and effective information products. Whether online or printed, the impact of highly effective documentation is felt by industry, commerce, consumers and academia. Individuals and teams that develop excellent information products deserve to have their efforts recognised, as do the companies that invest in them.
For more than two decades, the ISTC Documentation Awards provided the UK’s annual opportunity for technical communicators to receive this recognition. They gave an international platform for companies, teams and individuals to be rewarded for their achievements by their peers. The new award scheme continues this proud tradition and extends it to encourage even wider participation. The Awards program is open to all technical communicators – the awards are not restricted to ISTC members, and should interest everyone who commissions or creates technical information.
The Awards are presented annually at the Technical Communications UK conference hosted by the ISTC.
Horace Hockley award
The award is presented to someone who, in the opinion of the ISTC Council, has made a considerable contribution to the Technical Communications industry over a long period of time. The award is in recognition for promoting the industry across other industries and boundaries, and for promoting quality in the industry, whether it be in training or within the workplace. The award is presented annually and an election is held by the ISTC Council before presentation, to agree the award from nominations which can be made by anyone in the Institute over the year.
Mike Austin award for outstanding service to the ISTC
The award is presented to someone who, in the opinion of the ISTC Council, has made a considerable contribution to the ISTC over a period of time. The award is in recognition for promoting the work the Institute does or for contributing to the success and growth of the Institute. The award is presented periodically when a suitable candidate has been identified. An election is held by the ISTC Council before presentation, to agree the award from nominations which can be made by anyone in the Institute.