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NUS International Students' Awards

Welcome to the second NUS International Students’ Awards. These rewards aim to recognise and celebrate the hard work and achievements of international students throughout the movement over the last twelve months.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to 5pm on Friday 21 April 2017.

The awards fall into five categories:

Any further education or higher education NUS affiliated students’ union can apply for the above awards. Unions can apply for more than one award but the work referred to must have taken place since July 2016.

To enter, simply complete the form at the bottom of this page. Up to two supporting documents can be supplied but we would ask that you answer the specific points given in the awards criteria in your 500-word nomination to ensure your entry is considered.

 

If you have any questions about a nomination email international@nus.org.uk.

International Students’ Officer of the Year (Winner and runner-up)

The winner of the International Students’ Officer of the Year will be a student officer in an elected union position with responsibility for international students or a full-time officer who is an international student themselves. They will have contributed above and beyond normal expectations for their role to improve the lives of students and improve the students’ union.

The entry should answer the following:

  • What has the International Students’ Officer done over and above the normal expectations for their role and so deserve recognition?
  • Who has benefitted from the International Student Officer’s actions?
  • Have they been an inspiration to others, and in what way?
  • What impact have they made on the students’ union, to achieving its aims and objectives, and how these have impacted on the student experience?
  • How have they been an inspiration to the students they represent?
  • How have they improved participation in their area of the union?

Who can enter?

  • Anyone in an elected students’ union position from further or higher education who has been in post since July 2016 at an NUS affiliated students’ union. 
  • You cannot nominate yourself for this award – you must be nominated by a student, student officer or member of staff at your union or institution.

International Student of the Year (Winner and runner-up)

The International Student of the Year award is open to an international student who has demonstrated the dynamic and positive impact international students can have at their institutions and on their local communities. They will have shown a commitment to maximising their experience in the UK and in improving the experience of others. 

The entry should answer the following:  

  • What has the international student done over and above the normal expectations of their studies? 
  • Who has benefitted from the international student’s actions?  
  • Have they been an inspiration to others, and in what way? 
  • What impact have they made on their local student body or local community? 

Who can enter?  

  • Any international student studying at a further or higher education institution since July 2016.
  • It is open to all students including postgraduate, mature, part-time and distance learners.
  • You cannot nominate yourself for this award – you must be nominated by a student, student officer or member of staff at your institution or union.

International Students’ Campaign of the Year (Winner and runner-up)

The international student campaign of the year will be awarded to any further or higher education union who is a member of NUS and has run a successful campaign for international students since July 2016.

The entry should answer the following: 

  • What was the campaign and what did it aim to achieve?
  • How did the campaign demonstrate using best practice in planning, communication, team working and evaluation?
  • What did the campaign achieve and what quantifiable impact did it have on international students locally or nationally?
  • How did the campaign show creativity in the delivery of campaign objectives through events, activities and communication channels?
  • How did the campaign utilise resources within the student body, local stakeholders and/or the media?

Who can enter? 

  • Any NUS affiliated students’ union.

Internationalised Students' Union of the Year (FE) (Winner and runner-up)

NUS defines ‘internationalisation’ as

  • engaging, supporting and representing international students more effectively;
  • encouraging opportunities for integration between home and international students;
  • incorporating a global perspective in all areas of students’ union activity

This award will go to a further education union who is a member of NUS and has shown outstanding commitment to internationalisation and improving the experience of international students since July 2016.

The entry should answer the following:

  • What exceptional support does the SU provide for international students to help them settle into the UK and during their time at university?
  • How does the SU encourage integration between home and international students?
  • What networks has the SU developed to support internationalisation?
  • What work has the SU done to enhance the experience of international students?
  • What campaigns does the SU run to make sure international students are heard locally, nationally and internationally?
  • What mechanisms are in place to make sure international students can participate in the SU’s democratic and representative structures?

Who can enter? 

  • Any NUS affiliated further education students’ union.

Internationalised Students' Union of the Year (HE) (Winner and runner-up)

NUS defines ‘internationalisation’ as

  • engaging, supporting and representing international students more effectively;
  • encouraging opportunities for integration between home and international students;
  • incorporating a global perspective in all areas of students’ union activity

This award will go to a higher education union who is a member of NUS and has shown outstanding commitment to internationalisation and improving the experience of international students since July 2016.

The entry should answer the following:

  • What exceptional support does the SU provide for international students to help them settle into the UK and during their time at university?
  • How does the SU encourage integration between home and international students?
  • What networks has the SU developed to support internationalisation?
  • What work has the SU done to enhance the experience of international students?
  • What campaigns does the SU run to make sure international students are heard locally, nationally and internationally?
  • What mechanisms are in place to make sure international students can participate in the SU’s democratic and representative structures?

Who can enter? 

  • Any NUS affiliated higher education students’ union.

Nomination form