Celebrating the amazing work of student societies all across the UK 🏆

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

Best Society

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!


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