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A national celebration for the best societies in the UK!

Tuesday 07-06-2016 - 10:48

The National Societies Awards has celebrated the best of student societies from across the UK

Pictures: REW Photography / The Students Union at UWE

On Saturday 4 June, the Students’ Union at UWE hosted the first National Societies Awards, celebrating the achievements of societies all over the UK. The event coincided with national #VolunteersWeek and was a fantastic way to recognise the volunteering that students do in their societies within their students’ unions.

Students, SU staff, sabbatical officers, and NUS came together with Epona and Enactus UK to find out who the winners and runners’ up were.

The awards were hosted by Richard Brooks, NUS Vice President Union Development, and Gem Heywood, Vice President Societies and Communication at the Students’ Union at UWE, and the organiser of the awards. In his welcome speech, Richard commended all societies across the UK and shared his love for students’ unions, noting that societies are often students’ ‘home away from home’ and that they keep students in education.

The first award was for the Academic Society of the Year, won by University of East Anglia Norwich Undergraduate Surgical Society and the runners up Warwick University Law Society.

The winners of the next award for Best Community Project were FXU Penryn Memory Café. The runners up were Newcastle University Teddy Bear Hospital.

FXU Islamic Society won the next award for Best Fundraising Society, and the runners up for this award were Aberystwyth University Community of Gamers.

The Commitment to Participation award was given to Sheffield Hallam University Geography Society and the runners up were Newcastle University MathSoc.

The next award was for Committee of the Year, given to University of Lincoln Law Society. The runners up were Sheffield Hallam University Geography Society.

Best New Society were De Montfort University Games Development Society. The runners up were Northumbria University Midwifery Society

Next we celebrated the Best Student-led Event award. The winners were St George’s University of London Fashion Show and the runners up Bournemouth University Performing Arts Society.

The Most Improved Society category was strong, with seven shortlisted societies. The winners were University of Warwick Tap Dance Society and runners up Northumbria University LGBT society.

The next award, presented by Andrew Bacon, CEO of Enactus UK, was the Best Enterprise Award. The winning society were London School of Economics Investment Society, and the runners up Southampton Solent Enactus Society.

Onto the final two categories, and the highly-anticipated Society of the Year award, which was taken home by University of Leeds Law Society. The runners up for Society of the Year were Newcastle University Dance Society

The final award was the Sponsored bursary for Outstanding Contribution to societies. The prize was given to Matt Day from Bangor University. The runner up for this award was Annabel Le Lohe from Sheffield Hallam University.

Thank you to Gem Heywood and the team at the Students’ Union at UWE for organising this years’ awards. We’re looking forward to the National Societies Awards 2017, and will be in search of a host for the awards soon!

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