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​Union Awards

We have an array of different awards, all of which have a specific purpose covering all aspects of university life. Below you will see a brief description for each award, to give you a sense of which award(s) you can nominate either yourself or others for. Awards are presented at The Union Ball - one of the most prestigious award ceremonies that we have at Surrey. It celebrates many important achievements and is a platform for recognition of the fantastic work undertaken by students, staff and members of the local community.


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Society Stripes Society Awards Individual AwardsGraduation Awards

Award Criteria

Society Awards

Society Stripes

The University of Surrey Students' Union award Society Stripes to recognise the invaluable work of students who have made outstanding contribution to the running, operation and activity of a Society.

Every attempt has been made to standardise the level of the Society Stripes awards recognising that standards within and across societies may vary.

Society Stripes are usually given to students who are in the final year of study. Exceptionally, students who do not fall under this criterion will be considered for a Society Stripes award at the discretion of the Committee.

Society Stripes are only awarded to students who are due to complete their academic course. If you have failed a year while at Surrey, any criteria you achieved during that year will be discounted.

Please note that society service refers to being a fully enrolled student at the University and a signed dup member of the society.

Society Stripes are awarded to students who have provided an outstanding contribution to the running, administration, operation and activity of their society for at least three years. The individual must have at least one year's committee service.

Society Stripes may also be awarded to individuals who have shown outstanding loyalty, commitment, support and dedication in representing their society.

The committee are looking for students who have gone above and beyond what is required of them and demonstrated an unparalleled dedication to their society. Holding an important committee position is not an automatic qualification for Society Stripes.

Society Signatory of the Year

This will be awarded to a society signatory with outstanding qualities, such as excellent leadership, examples of activities beyond the normal call of duty, conflict resolution skills or examples of leading the society to connect with others outside of the society either in the community or on campus.

Society Member of the Year

Awarded to any (non-signatory) elected person OR member involved in a society – who demonstrates examples of activities beyond normal expectations, excellent teamwork and communications skills and going out of their way to develop the activities of the society.

If the nominee is a non-committee member, this person will have demonstrated a high level of enthusiasm about the society and invigorated and influenced the committee from the outside. NB: Any signatories nominated for this award will automatically be removed from this category and added to the Society Signatory of the Year category.

Activity Cup

Awarded to the person who has made the greatest contribution to the participation and organisation of a number of societies

Please list the societies of which your nominee has contributed to and demonstrate how they have both participated and/or helped organise the running of these societies or events within these societies. This doesn't have to be as a committee member but all contributions must be within the past academic year.

Best New Society of the Year

Nominations should be for any society that has been set-up since October 2018. Nominations including examples of the society standing out compared to others in the same category and the impact they've made since becoming a society. Nominations should include examples of the society connecting or reaching out to others, informing others about differences in culture, interest or activities, and getting others involved. Arranging successful/innovative events will also be taken into account, as well as the quality of the organisation of the committee and teamwork in the society.

Most Improved Society

Nominations for this award should include a testimony about where the society was this time last year compared with where they are now. Change does not have to be in terms of size, however the focus should be on development. An example would be societies who have reached out to attract new members through new activities. 

Xilombe Tlakula Award for Fundraiser of the Year 

Awarded to the society who has raised considerable funds for charity and have provided their services for charitable causes over the past academic year.

What we look for?

  • Donation of time, effort and funds raised.

Please demonstrate the following:

  • What charity work has been undertaken by the club? Please include dates, name of charity, how many members were involved and an approximation of hours spent on this charity work.
  • How much money was raised for your chosen charity(ies)

The Community Cup

Awarded to the Society who has made considerable commitments to volunteering and outreach work within the community over the past academic year.

What we look for?

  • Evidence of hours volunteered as a Society, number of members involved and impact on the community.

Please demonstrate the following:

  • What community work has been undertaken by the Society? Please include dates, name of community project, how many members were involved and an approximation of hours spent on the project(s).
  • The outcome of the community work, who was this benefiting and how did it benefit this group of people.
  • Supporting evidence of the scale of positive impact on the local community.

Alan Sutherland Award

Conscious effort in sustainability, planning well for the future, good own funds finances and handover material.

Please demonstrate how your society has gone above and beyond in the following areas to ensure that future committees are left in a strong position:

  • Management of own funds
  • Handover documentation
  • Future plans/strategy

Society of the Year

Nominations for this award should include examples of the society standing out compared to others in the same category. The society should demonstrate their ability to connect or reach out to others, inform others about differences in culture, interest or activities, and get others involved. Arranging successful/innovative events will also be taken into account, as well as the quality of the organisation of the committee and teamwork in the society.

 

 

Individual Student Awards

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Winners

Best Newcomer

The Best Newcomer is a student who has during the year become more connected with the Union, recognisable around the Union or are a new addition to a society and have made some great changes. In short we are looking for students who haven't previously taken an active role in Union activities but have become well known recently.

John Hoborough Award for Volunteer of the Year

This award is given to an Individual who has gone above and beyond this year in volunteering. Nominations for this award will take into consideration the nominee's - commitment, enthusiasm and positivity, promotion of volunteering to others and organisation of volunteering events. (NB: Clubs and Societies are not eligible for this award)

The Liberation Award (New)

This award is presented to a student who, over the past academic year, has supported, driven and developed the specific needs of an under-represented group (e.g. BAME, LGBT+, International) whether that be within the community itself or the education of the wider student community.

Course Rep of the Year

Nominations for this award should demonstrate good communication skills, willingness to pass on and collect information, active communication with the Union, attendance at training sessions and commitment & time given to the role.

Student Run Event of the Year

A student or group of students leading an event, that brought together several different student groups and/or the wider community. Suggested qualities include - enthusiasm, excellent planning and organisation, connection with the Union and use of staff expertise, communication with others about event, promotion, innovative qualities of event and final outcome or success of event.

Sam Bull Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Wellbeing

This award goes to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of University and Union wellbeing services.

Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to University Life

This award celebrates the invaluable contribution that students make to University life and the wider community.

To be eligible for this award you must be a final year student who fulfils many of the qualities mentioned in each of the award categories and is generally a "stand-out" student.

The Vice-Chancellor will be looking for a student who has contributed to their University experience and that of others, and a student who will be leaving a lasting legacy at the University when they graduate. It is essential that each nomination provides clear examples of the lasting positive impact this student has had on their student life and that of others. The VC will be looking for an exceptional winner, who embodies what it means to be a University of Surrey student. This award carries a fantastic cash prize of £1000!

Each winner of the individual awards shall be automatically shortlisted into this category.

 

University Graduation Awards

The Lynne Millward Award for Academic Staff Member of the Year

Teaching and Learning is at the centre of the University of Surrey, with students travelling from all around the world to be taught by experts in their fields. This award is designed to recognise an exceptional member of academic staff that has demonstrated a real passion for delivering engaging, challenging, and exciting content across their modules alongside offering outstanding academic support for students.

Within this award, we will be looking for an academic who:

  • Offers stimulating, enthusiastic and consistently challenging resources
  • Has expert knowledge of the subject
  • Encourages and facilitates active learning with engaging teaching techniques
  • Gives prompt and helpful feedback that helps your learning
  • Shows commitment to giving students' academic support in their area
  • Helps demonstrate the real-world application of their subject area to contemporary issues such as sustainability (if appropriate)
  • Empowers learners of any age, from any background, and in any education setting, to transform themselves


Outstanding Support Award

Student support goes hand in hand with Teaching and Learning at the University of Surrey. This award is designed to recognise an exceptional member of professional services staff that has demonstrated how student support is at the centre of the work that they do, and consistently positively contributes to the student experience.

Within this award, we will be looking for a professional member of staff who:

  • Continues to engage positively with all students, regardless of background
  • Provide non-judgemental support and are seen as an approachable individual
  • Engages with the wider student community to develop their support service
  • Effectively signposts students to further support services which may be of benefit
  • Ensures a student's experience is supported holistically throughout their journey


Personal Tutor of the Year

Staff nominated for this award will display excellence in supporting students - especially students in difficult circumstances; high rates of availability despite their busy schedule; high rates of responsiveness in terms of the time and the quality of the response and show understanding of individual needs of tutees and appropriateness of signposting.



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