Nominations for the 2018 Students' Union Awards are now closed! Shortlisted nominees will be announced on Wednesday 25 April.

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Teaching, Volunteering, Fundraising and Communities on Tuesday 8th May

Societies and Media on Wednesday 9th May.

 

Teaching Awards

The Teaching Awards nominations are now closed. The Student Judgement Panels for these awards will run from 18th April - 24th April. If you'd like to be involved in these panels please email lisa.tighe@manchester.ac.uk 

You've still got time to nominate for the following awards...

Volunteering and Fundraising Awards

This award category celebrates the fundraising and volunteering work of individuals and societies, including RAG, Student Action and Access All Areas.

Fundraising Event of the Year

Fundraising is more than just bake sales! This award celebrates student-led fundraising events that are creative, inspiring and successful at raising awareness and donations for a good cause. This award is open to any student-led fundraising event that raised funds for a charity or good cause. Note a society fundraising for themselves will not be accepted.    

  1. Demonstrate how the event demonstrates a creative approach to fundraising
  2. Evidence the level of engagement of the event
  3. How the organisers of the event demonstrated excellent event management and organisation.
  4. Include information about: the amount fundraised from the event as well as the charity/ good cause donations were given to and their impact. (Please include charity numbers where applicable)

Society Fundraising Team of the Year

Teamwork can be make-or-break in fundraising, and this award is dedicated to the Society Fundraising Team that not only commits itself to the cause but also works as a team in a way that guarantees success! This award is open to any society at The University of Manchester.

  1. Demonstrate a consistent society commitment to fundraising
  2. Show evidence to a commitment to teamwork
  3. Demonstrate creativity in the approach to fundraising
  4. Include information about: the number/ types of fundraising events, amounts fundraised from events, supported charities and the level of engagement with the events

Fundraiser of the Year

The best fundraisers think outside the box and use a variety of methods to garner support and donations. This award recognises an individual who showcases all these talents as well as being consistently active and understanding their activities’ social impacts. This award is open to any student who got involved with any type of fundraising activity except International Challenges.

  1. Demonstrate commitment, dedication and enthusiasm to fundraising
  2. Evidence a creative and innovative approach to fundraising
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical and transparent fundraising practices

Fundraiser of the Year (International)

International challenges take fundraising to the next level, and this award celebrates the individuals who do that too! We present this award in recognition of the individual’s enthusiasm, dedication, innovation and understanding of fundraising practices -which is what, makes an outstanding international challenges fundraiser! This award is open to any student who fundraised to take part in an International Challenge.

  1. Demonstrate commitment, dedication and enthusiasm to fundraising
  2. Evidence a creative and innovative approach to fundraising for their challenge
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical and transparent fundraising practices

Outstanding Contribution to RAG

Manchester RAG is the student-led fundraising committee at the Students’ Union. It is responsible for managing innovative fundraising events that allow fellow students to get involved with and raise money many local, national and international charities. This activity is maintained by passionate volunteers who strive to understand and change the world around them. This award recognises an individual whose efforts have had an outstanding impact on the group and its events.

  1. Evidence the impact of the individual’s contribution to RAG            
  2. Include information about how the nominee supports their fellow fundraisers and helps build a supportive community
  3. Evidence a commitment to ethical and transparent fundraising practices
  4. Demonstrate how the individual strives to improve and innovate the organisation
  5. Nominations could also demonstrate how the individual has helped build networks between RAG and other groups and organisation

Volunteer Project of the Year

The Students’ Union is proud to support student leaders to develop creative, impactful projects that benefit so many and tackle real social needs and issues. As well as this, student-led volunteer projects give fellow students the chance to gain new skills, develop thriving communities and understand and change the world around them. This award is to recognise the achievements of any student-led volunteering project that does just that. This award is open to any student-led volunteer project.

  1. Explain the social need or issue that the project was developed to tackle
  2. Demonstrate how the project tackles the stated social need or issue
  3. Provide some evidence of the project’s impact. This could be in the form of quotes or feedback from beneficiaries, evidence from evaluation surveys etc.
  4. Demonstrate how good project management has been achieved
  5. Provide information about how the project impacts and benefits volunteers who get involved with it.

Project Leader of the Year

This award celebrates project leaders that go above and beyond to inspire and support volunteers, use excellent organisational and management skills to deliver the project’s aims to its full potential, and create a positive and enjoyable atmosphere to volunteer in.

  1. Demonstrate how the nominee leads and supports volunteers, is approachable and helps create a positive environment to volunteer in
  2. Demonstrate how they helped deliver the aims of their project
  3. Demonstrate how the nominee has gone above and beyond to meet the needs of service users
  4. Evidence good organisation and project management skills

Volunteer of the Year (Community)

Volunteers dedicate time and skills that are central to so many projects that help change the world around us. This award celebrates an individual whose commitment to volunteering is exceptional and inspiring.

  1. Demonstrate commitment, passion and enthusiasm to volunteering
  2. Demonstrate how the nominee has gone above and beyond to meet the needs of beneficiaries
  3. Include information of the impact of this volunteer’s work

Volunteer of the Year (Student Projects)

The commitment of volunteers whose main beneficiaries are fellow students can often be overlooked. This award celebrates an individual whose voluntary work for the benefit of the student community is exceptional and inspiring.

  1. Demonstrate commitment, passion and enthusiasm to volunteering
  2. Demonstrate how the nominee has gone above and beyond to meet the needs of beneficiaries
  3. Include information of the impact of this volunteer’s work

Outstanding Contribution to Student Action

Student Action is the community action committee at the Students’ union. It oversees over 16 volunteering projects that work with Manchester residents and groups to deliver positive change in the local community. This student led community also provides volunteer opportunities to fellow students, helping them to discover and connect with Manchester as well as understand and change the world around them. This award recognises an individual whose efforts have had an outstanding impact on the group and its projects.

  1. Evidence the impact of their contribution to Student Action             
  2. Include information about how the nominee supports their fellow volunteers and helps build a supportive community of volunteers
  3. Demonstrate how the individual strives to improve and innovate the organisation
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the social impact of community action

Nominations could also demonstrate how the individual has helped build networks between Student Action and other groups and organisation

Outstanding Contribution to Access All Areas

Access All Areas is a student-led committee at the Student’s Union responsible for delivering educational projects for young people in the local community. Understanding and breaking educational barriers to education is central to their work and their projects help inspire young people and widen participation in higher education. This student led community also provides volunteer opportunities to fellow students, helping them to discover and connect with Manchester as well as understand and change the world around them. This award recognises an individual whose efforts have had an outstanding impact on the group and its projects.

  1. Evidence the impact of their contribution to Access All Areas         
  2. Include information about how the nominee supports their fellow volunteers and helps build a supportive community
  3. Demonstrate how the individual strives to improve and innovate the organisation
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of educational barriers
  5. Nominations could also demonstrate how the individual has helped build networks between Access All Areas and other groups and organisation

Ambassador of the Year

The Ambassador of the Year Award specifically targets Diversity & Wellbeing Ambassadors for their important work around diversity and wellbeing. Their work has targeted students from both BAME and lower-socio-economic backgrounds, focused specifically at increasing students’ sense of belonging in HE, creating safe spaces for inclusive learning and empowering students to take action.

  1. Increased students’ sense of belonging: Through the activities you have organised, you have continually actively sought to tackle issues of exclusivity and discrimination at HE.
  2. The creation of safe spaces: your activity has helped to create spaces where students’ feel they have the ability to feel included in an open dialogue and discuss their issues.
  3. Programme engagement: you have engaged in numerous aspects of the Diversity & Wellbeing Ambassador Programme, including the Speak Up Stand Up! Campaign. Not only this, but you have sought to create opportunities for others.

 

Society Awards

This award category celebrates the success of societies at the Students’ Union, including the highly sought after ‘Society of the Year’ award.

Arts and Media Society of the Year

The Arts and Media societies showcase the best of student creativity in Manchester. This award is to celebrate an Arts and Media Society that has used excellent team work to pull students together from across the university. The society will have created a diverse range of engaging events that are inclusive and ambitious. Any society that is shortlisted for this award will automatically be put forward as nominee for The Society of the Year Award. This award is open to any Arts and Media Society registered at the Students’ Union.

  1. Has a strong committee who demonstrate clear leadership, teamwork and delegation of tasks
  2. Can show evidence of attempts to increase and diversify the membership of the society.
  3. Can show evidence of engaging with the University, The Students’ Union and networking with other societies.
  4. Can show evidence of creating a calendar of well engaged, innovative and fun events
  5. Are ambitious and strive for excellence in everything they do

Sports and Recreational Society of the Year

This award is open to any sports or recreational society that has used excellent team work to pull students together from across the university. The society will have created a diverse range of engaging events that are inclusive and ambitious.Any society that is shortlisted for this award will automatically be put forward as nominee for The Society of the Year Award. This award is open to any Sports and Recreational Society registered at the Students’ Union.

  1. Has a strong committee who demonstrate clear leadership, teamwork and delegation of tasks
  2. Can show evidence of attempts to increase and diversify the membership of the society.
  3. Can show evidence of engaging with the University, The Students’ Union and networking with other societies.
  4. Can show evidence of creating a calendar of well engaged, innovative and fun events
  5. Are ambitious and strive for excellence in everything they do

Cultural and Faith Society of the Year

This award is open to any cultural or faith society that has used excellent team work to pull students together from across the university. The society will have created a diverse range of engaging events that are inclusive and ambitious. Any society that is shortlisted for this award will automatically be put forward as nominee for The Society of the Year Award. This award is open to any Cultural and Faith Society registered at the Students’ Union.

  1. Has a strong committee who demonstrate clear leadership, teamwork and delegation of tasks
  2. Can show evidence of attempts to increase and diversify the membership of the society.
  3. Can show evidence of engaging with the University, The Students’ Union and networking with other societies.
  4. Can show evidence of creating a calendar of well engaged, innovative and fun events
  5. Are ambitious and strive for excellence in everything they do

Academic and Departmental Society of the Year

This award is open to any academic society that has used excellent team work to pull students together from across the university. The society will have created a diverse range of engaging events that are inclusive and ambitious.Any society that is shortlisted for this award will automatically be put forward as nominee for The Society of the Year Award. This award is open to any Academic and Departmental Society registered at the Students’ Union.

  1. Has a strong committee who demonstrate clear leadership, teamwork and delegation of tasks
  2. Can show evidence of attempts to increase and diversify the membership of the society.
  3. Can show evidence of engaging with the University, The Students’ Union and networking with other societies.
  4. Can show evidence of creating a calendar of well engaged, innovative and fun events
  5. Are ambitious and strive for excellence in everything they do

Political Society of the Year

This award is open to any political society that has used excellent team work to pull students together from across the university. The society will have created a diverse range of engaging events that are inclusive and ambitious. Any society that is shortlisted for this award will automatically be put forward as nominee for The Society of the Year Award. This award is open to any Political Society registered at the Students’ Union.

  1. Has a strong committee who demonstrate clear leadership, teamwork and delegation of tasks
  2. Can show evidence of attempts to increase and diversify the membership of the society.
  3. Can show evidence of engaging with the University, The Students’ Union and networking with other societies.
  4. Can show evidence of creating a calendar of well engaged, innovative and fun events
  5. Are ambitious and strive for excellence in everything they do

Volunteering and Fundraising Society of the Year

This award is open to any volunteering and fundraising society that has used excellent team work to pull students together from across the university. The society will have created a diverse range of engaging events that are inclusive and ambitious. Any society that is shortlisted for this award will automatically be put forward as nominee for The Society of the Year Award. This award is open to any Volunteering and Fundraising Society registered at the Students’ Union.

  1. Has a strong committee who demonstrate clear leadership, teamwork and delegation of tasks
  2. Can show evidence of attempts to increase and diversify the membership of the society.
  3. Can show evidence of engaging with the University, The Students’ Union and networking with other societies.
  4. Can show evidence of creating a calendar of well engaged, innovative and fun events
  5. Are ambitious and strive for excellence in everything they do

Committee of the Year

Society committees dedicate their time and efforts each year to bring their members together through engaging events and activities. This award goes to a group of people who have organised successful events through brilliant organisation, teamwork and planning as well as ensuring they have had fun throughout!

  1. Evidence how the committee has shown a commitment to careful planning and organisation e.g. by using effective communication strategies  
  2. Explain the shared visions the committee works towards and show how the committee works towards them as a team.
  3. Show how the committee consistently and democratically operates as team, e.g. by holding General Meetings or following voting procedures to agree on decisions
  4. Show how the committee work with each other and other members of the society to delegate responsibility and act as leaders
  5. Evidence how the committee have nurtured growth, encouraging each other and members to gain new skills e.g. through practice and training

Committee Member of the Year

Committee members are elected each year to support their society. Outstanding members often go above and beyond their own role to support other committee members and contribute towards shared goals. They make a unique contribution to their group and leave a lasting impact.

  1. Evidence how the individual has gone above and beyond what was required of their role e.g. by consistently encouraging and supporting other society members, helping to ensure activities were successful
  2. Show how the individual helps create a positive environment to work in and is approachable
  3. Explain the unique contribution the individual offers to the society and how their contribution has benefited the society

The nomination could also evidence that the committee member was elected democratically to their role.

Society Event of the Year

Our societies put on hundreds of events throughout the academic year for both the members of the Union and the general public. This award is to celebrate the achievements of event organizers who went above and beyond to create a successful and truly memorable event this year.

  1. Demonstrate event organizer’s planning skills and commitment to financial responsibility e.g. evidence of budgeting and planning
  2. Include information about engagement with the event,  successful marketing and promotion of the event and evidence/ feedback about how the event was memorable for attendees
  3.  Evidence how the event organizers ensured that event volunteers were supported and enjoyed their experience
  4. Evidence how the society has worked with the Union or Staff Coordinators to organise their events  

The Diversity and Inclusion Award

We want to ensure the full body is reflected in everything we do. This will enable us to become a more legitimate voice and ensure we are absolute champions for liberation, equality and diversity as well as empowering students to take leading roles in campaigning for change. This Most Inclusive Society Award has been introduced to celebrate our societies efforts in diversifying their membership by actively incorporating accessibility and inclusion, to promote diversity and liberation in the work that they do, from the lay-out of their Welcome Week stall to the development of the End of Year Ball.

  1. Sense of belonging and Impact  
  2. Values and behaviours
  3. Innovation and creativity
  4. You must demonstrate your society's ability to create a safe space and how this has impacted on your membership,
  5. Give examples where your society has shown commitment to diversity and liberation.
  6. Evidence your society's ability to create an event are activity in response to a diversity and liberation issue or celebration.

Up and Coming Society of the Year

This award is to celebrate the achievements of a society and its committee who have really grown over the past year by striving to improve in everything they do.

  1. Show an increased number of memberships on Union cloud in comparison to previous years
  2. Show how they have increased in prevalence on campus this academic year
  3. Show how they have improved and increased the quality and number of events they hold.
  4. Evidence the impact of their activities this year.

Innovative Society of the Year

At the Students’ Union we have a society and an event for just about anything! This award is to celebrate a society that thinks outside the box, isn't afraid to experiment and consistently strives to innovate.  

  1. Evidence how the purpose and vision of the society are unique
  2. Demonstrate occasions the society has put on exciting, experimental or innovative events
  3. Show how the society has attempted to put on a varied events calendar.

Society of the Year

This award will celebrate the society that has shown the largest relative engagement this year, embodies the values of the Students’ Union, supports other societies and Student Union activities and has consistently shown good organization and financial responsibility. The winner of this award will be picked from the societies shortlisted for the Society of the Year awards for each category (Volunteering and fundraising; Arts and Media; Sports and Recreational; Cultural and Faith; Academic and Departmental and Political) by the judging panel.

 

Communities Awards

This award category celebrates exceptional campaigns and the impressive achievements in University halls.

Campaigning Society of the Year

As the hub of political action, the Students’ Union is home to a large number of campaigning societies. This award is for a society that have exceeded themselves in campaigning this year; this can be anything from running a particularly successful campaign and making substantial change, to hosting an inclusive and liberating campaigning event. This award is open to campaigning societies.

  1. Examples of campaigning to deliver tangible change
  2. Evidence the positive impact of the society
  3. Demonstrate how the society have gone above and beyond in their campaigning

Campaigner of the Year

Campaigners dedicate both their time, skills and campaigning expertise to making changer, both in the university and the community. This award celebrates individuals whose campaigning work is both exceptional and inspiring to others. This award is open to all campaigners.

  1. Evidence that the individual has gone above and beyond in their campaigning work, showing their enthusiasm, commitment and brilliance
  2. Demonstrate how the campaigner has been a part of making real change
  3. Include information on the impact of this individual’s campaigning work

Most Creative Campaign 

For this award, we’re looking for the most creativity in a campaign that has been run this year. This could be anything from having a really creative public stunt, to coming up with the most creative use of social media.

  1. Evidence that the campaign has been particularly creative by engaging in new ways to create impact
  2. Stands out as a campaign that has done something different
  3. Demonstrates that the campaign has gone above and beyond to think outside the box

Campaign of the Year

This award celebrates the most outstanding campaign this year. The campaigners involved have consistently excelled themselves throughout the year, showing dedication and integrity in making positive change.

  1. Examples of campaigning to deliver tangible change
  2. Evidence the positive impact of the campaign
  3. A demonstration of how this campaign has gone above and beyond

Best Placard

With all the demonstrations and marches that have taken place this year, we’ve seen some incredible placards! This award has been created to celebrate the creativity, artistic talent and wonderful puns at the forefront of our political action.

  1. Upload a picture of the placard
  2. Can be funny, witty, display artistic brilliance or just plain crazy!

Halls Leader Board Winner

Throughout the year halls RA/JCRs organise and host events and activities. For each event they receive a predetermined number of points based on the kind of event and levels of engagement with residents. There are three halls campuses, Fallowfield, Victoria Park and City. Each campus will have 1 winner, all 3 winners will be presented at the same time.

Halls Event of the Year

Throughout the year halls RA/JCRs organise and host events and activities. We rely heavily on these groups to provide residents with engaging events.

  1. Demonstrate event organising and planning skills with a commitment to financial responsibility e.g. evidence of budgeting and planning.
  2. Include information about engagement with the event, successful marketing and promotion of the event and evidence/ feedback about how the event was memorable for attendees.
  3. Evidence how the committee has worked well together.

Community Cup 

This award is for a Community focused event; this could either be a community building activity within the hall, community building across halls such as a joint event or a community building event which connects to the wider community outside of halls

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of community needs.
  2. Evidence how this event brought a community closer together.
  3. Evidence the positive impact this event had on community relations.

Halls Committee of the Year (President's Prize)

RA/JCRs dedicate their time and effort each year to provide a great student experience for their fellow residents. This award goes to a committee which have organised successful events throughout the year through brilliant teamwork, organisation and planning all whilst having fun throughout. This committee will also have worked closely with the SU to provide the widest range of activities to their residents.

  1. Evidence how the committee has shown a commitment to careful planning and organisation.
  2. Evidence the shared visions the committee works towards and show how the committee works towards them as a team.
  3. Show how the committee consistently operates democratically.

Halls Leader of the Year (Senior Student Award)

Presidents are elected each year to coordinate the work of their associated halls RA/JCR. This award recognises a President which has supported their committee to achieve their aims. They will have encouraged the team to work in a positive, respectful and fun environment and will leave a lasting impact.

  1. How this President has encouraged and supported their team to work to their full potential.
  2. How they have gone above and beyond their duties to ensure that the activities of the RA/JCR are second to none
  3. How the leadership of this individual has been integral to the committee successes.

Halls Committee Member of the Year

Committee members are elected each year to convene projects, events and activities relevant to students in their hall and to represent the voice of their fellow residents. Outstanding members often go above and beyond their own role to support other committee members and contribute towards shared goals.They make a unique contribution to their group and leave a lasting impact.

  1. How this individual has gone above and beyond their duties to ensure that the activities of the RA/JCR are second to none,
  2. How this individual have been a true team player that helps create a positive working environment
  3. How the contribution this individual offers is an integral part of the committee.

Most Supportive RLA

The award for Most Supportive Reslife staff member is designed to recognise any Reslife team member who have provided excellent support to their associated hall RA/JCR throughout the year. This team member will have worked closely with the RA/JCR since being elected in October and will continue to work closely with them to provide an inclusive set of plans for Welcome Week.

  1. Provides outstanding help and support to the committee.
  2. Will stand out to students as someone who cares for the wellbeing
  3. Will consistently make themselves available to the committee to offer support when needed.

Most Innovative Event 

At the Students Union we encourage our members to think outside of the box and be original. This award is reserved for an event or activity which has been led by the halls RA/JCR committee which has not been seen before in halls, or is tried and tested event with an innovative twist.

  1. Evidence how the event is unique.
  2. Show how the committee have attempted to put on a range of activities throughout the year which appeal to all the residents of their hall.

 

Media Awards

This award category celebrates student media on campus – the Mancunion, Fuse FM and Fuse TV.

Mancunion Contributor of the Year

Mancunion Article of the Year

Mancunion Editor of the Year

Mancunion Section of the year

Outstanding Contribution to the Mancunion

Fuse FM Interview of the Year

Fuse FM Talk Show of the Year

Fuse FM Music Show of the Year

Fuse FM Presenter of the Year

Fuse FM Newcomer of the Year

Fuse TV Factual Programme of the Year

Fuse TV Post Production of the Year

Fuse TV Video of the Year

Outstanding Contribution to Fuse TV

Outstanding Contribution to Student Media

 

Outstanding Contribution Awards

This award celebrates the best of the best – contribution to and partnership with the Students’ Union.

Outstanding Partnership with the Students' Union

This award goes to a member of staff at the University who consistently drives for a positive relationship and a real partnership with the Students' Union in education. Students benefit the best when the SU and the University work together to the full potential in their interests, and the award celebrates the efforts staff members go into making this a reality.

  1. Has actively worked in partnership with the SU (staff or officers) to carry out activities, insight or events to improve the educational experience at Manchester
  2. Consistently puts in the effort to engage with the SU when striving to improve the student experience
  3. Can demonstrate at least one instance where they collaborated with the SU to improve the educational experience at Manchester