Wednesday 06-07-2016 - 20:16
Glasgow Caledonian University Students’ Association and Canterbury College Students' Union take the runner-up spots.
What the judges said:
“Northumbria Students’ Union have shown clear evaluation on what's working well & what the students/community want. They student opportunities stream gained multiple nominations for National Society Awards this year. Improvements they have made have come from student feedback, rather than staff motions. They have provided clear evaluation on what's working well and what the students/community want and need, to inform what opportunities they provided. They have a good range of opportunities available with innovative student-led opportunities also. Clearly this has increased the number of ops available to students and take up of them.”
Niall Sweby, Northumbria Students’ Union director of membership, said:
“It means a lot to win this award. It’s a real testament to the work the activities team has done over the past 18 months. It’s been fantastic and since I’ve started working at Northumbria, student opportunities has been a bit of a pride of mine because it was what meant the most to me when I was at university. It’s been great, we’ve seen numbers double in society membership and I think it’s fantastically rewarding to be running a union where we give lots of opportunities to go and do fantastic stuff that students find enjoyable, personally fulfilling and can hopefully use later on in their lives.”
Richard Brooks, NUS vice president for union development, said:
"I’m delighted to announce Northumbria Students’ Union has won the Student Opportunities 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.”