Wednesday 06-07-2016 - 20:08
Coleg Gwent Students' Union and Northumbria University Students' Union take the runner-up spots.
What the judges said:
“Leeds Beckett Students’ Union have increased in motions submitted relating to liberation including zero tolerance to sexual harassment as well as trans inclusivity, introduced a full-time Equality and Diversity Officer. As well as this they have demonstrated increased support for reps in the areas by changing democratic processes to introduce student committees supporting the Women’s, Race & Ethnicity, Students with Disabilities, LGBTQ*, Trans*, and International Students’ Reps. LBSU have shown their commitment to developing their staff team through mandatory Equality and Diversity training, as well as forging more formal links with the University.”
Grace Lawrenson, Leeds Beckett Students’ Union vice president for equality and diversity, said:
“It’s absolutely incredible to win this award. This year we reintroduced the role of vice president for equality and diversity so it’s absolutely amazing to be recognised for what we’ve done and we’re clearly doing something right. We need to continue supporting liberation groups and supporting our students.”
Richard Brooks, NUS vice president for union development, said:
"I’m delighted to announce Leeds Beckett Students’ Union has won the Diversity Award at the 2016 NUS Awards. The awards are about celebrating excellence across the activities of students' unions.
“Students' unions make a real difference to the lives of students and the communities around them. I hope the awards show how important their work is and inspire more students to get involved. The unions that have won awards have done fantastic work over the year and should be really proud of their efforts to enhance the student experience and make our society a better place.”