Thursday 10-05-2018 - 14:04
On Wednesday, the great and the good from societies all across the UK descended on Cardiff University Students’ Union for the third annual National Societies Awards, celebrating their achievements during the past year. Here’s what went down on the night…
For the first time, the National Societies Awards came to Wales for an evening full of entertainment and celebration, as students’ unions from Bangor to Bristol, from Stirling to Swansea, and everywhere in between recognised the amazing work of societies all across the UK.
Cardiff won an online vote, in which over 70 students’ unions took part, to host this year’s awards, after previously being held in Nottingham (2017) and UWE (2016).
The evening began with a welcome from Cardiff’s VP Societies Lamorna Hooker at the Great Hall of Cardiff’s students’ union, where we were also treated to a spot of pre-dinner traditional dancing by Cardiff’s Bulgarian Society!
After dinner, it was on to the awards. More than 600 nominations were submitted, so the judges had a hard job whittling them down to a shortlist of just 93 across 13 award categories. But they did! And here’s who won big on the night...
Best Academic & Careers Society
Winner: Chaos - Bristol Physics Society, Bristol
Runner up: Ulster Society of Student Engineers, Ulster
Best Arts & Performance Society
Winner: Bollywood Dance Society, Cardiff
Runner up: Bangor University Concert Band
Best Campaign, Project or Initiative
Winner: It’s NOT OK at Durham Campaign, Durham
Runner up: The 'X' Phone Initiative, Sheffield Hallam
Best Campaigning Society
Winner: Reducetarian Society, Bournemouth
Runner up: Leeds Women in Leadership society, Leeds
Best Cultural & Faith Society
Winner: Roehampton Coexist Society, Roehampton
Runner up: Lancaster University Taiwanese Student Society, Lancaster
Best Hobby & Interest Society
Winner: Meditation Society, Northampton
Runner up: Computer & Video Game Society, Northumbria
Best Media Society
Winner: Air3 Radio, Stirling
Runner up: Ellipsis Magazine, Liverpool
Best New Society
Winner: Ulster Society of Student Engineers, Ulster
Runner up: University of York Meme Society, York
Winner: Body Society, Exeter
Runner up: Chaos - Bristol Physics Society, Bristol
Best Society Event
Winner: DUCK Charity Fashion Show, Durham
Runner up: TEDxWarwick, Warwick
Best Volunteering & Charity Society
Winner: CoppaFeel! Society, Cardiff
Runner up: Football Beyond Borders Southampton, Southampton
Individual Award for Outstanding Contribution
Winner: Rosy Crawford, Nottingham
Runner up: Danny Rickard, Southampton
Most Improved Society
Winner: Leeds Women in Leadership Society, Leeds
Runner up: Nursing Society, Southampton
And here's what the winners had to say...
Congratulations to every society who was nominated, shortlisted, or awarded the runner-up prize at this year’s National Societies Awards. And a special congratulations to the winners!
The National Societies Awards are just one evening of saying ‘thank you’ to the students who run societies all across the UK, but truly, what you all do day in day out is pretty amazing.
Thank you and congratulations to the wonderful hosts of the National Societies Awards 2018 – Cardiff University Students’ Union.
See you in 2019!
P.S. If you want your students’ union to be in with a chance of hosting the National Societies Awards 2019, follow @NationalSocieties on Twitter to keep up to date with how to be in the running!