With the nominations process for the NUS Awards 2015 now closed, we caught up with some of last year’s winners to see how they were getting on.
Our annual NUS Awards ceremony, which was held in Bolton last July celebrated the success of 14 students’ unions who took to the stage to collect their awards. With the nominations year’s NUS Awards now closed, we spoke to a handful of winners from across the UK to inspire you ahead of the event.
The University of Bath Students’ Union(pictured above) were the first union to collect their award and looking back on the night they told us: ‘Winning the Equality and Diversity Award from NUS has really invigorated us to do even more on this issue. This award also empowered more students to get involved and campaign on these issues and there has been a real change in attitudes to marginalised groups. This year since winning the award we’ve made leaps and bounds on equalities.’
The University of Exeter Students’ Guild(pictured below) later followed Bath on stage; winning the Academic Representation Award. Reflecting on their experience, they explained why they were so happy to have picked up the award: ‘The NUS Awards were a fantastic opportunity to learn from other unions and highlight the importance of the work being done in representation around the country. In the current higher education climate, academic representation has never been more important and the publicity which the NUS Awards provide can only be of benefit to us all.’
Later on in the ceremony, York St John Students’ Union(pictured below) collected their award for Small and Specialist Union of the Year. Laura Jackson, YSJSU President, said: ‘Knowing others in the room had recognised our work and believed we deserved it reminded me what a supportive movement we are part of.’
University of Lincoln Students’ Union(pictured below) were one of the final winners to be announced on the night, scooping the HE Students’ Union of the Year. Since winning this award they were pleased to tell us: ‘This stamp of national recognition has meant that we are not only widening our engagement but because students are proud of us we have also seen our already engaged members deepen their involvement with us. Winning the award has really helped us establish our organisation’
All of the students’ unions we spoke to have been continuing to build on their great work over the past year, and more about what they had to say can be found on the individual NUS Awards pages here.
Nominate your students' union for a NUS Award!
Do you think that your students’ union could win the Students’ Union Award this year? Or perhaps there’s a staff member who always goes that extra mile? Are your clubs and societies worth shouting about? If so, let us know by nominating now! But hurry – nominations are now closed.
Further information each of the awards and their specific criteria can be found on the NUS Awards website here.