On 19th June, we were delighted to host our annual Society Awards finalist day in London.
The awards allow students to showcase their hard work and commitment to both a society and university. It is also an opportunity for us to help students prepare for life after university, showing how they can use their involvement in a society as leverage in the world of work. Not only this, it’s an excellent way for the students to network with potential employers and find out more about the opportunities available.
Students were able to nominate either themselves or their society for one of two awards:
- Individual to Have Made the Biggest Contribution to a Society – £1,000 sponsorship prize
- Outstanding Contribution to a Society – £250 voucher
We had over 140 applications for our awards, which were narrowed down to 10 for each of the two categories. The judges then had the difficult decision of selecting a winner, after hearing each finalist present.
Our employer partners and panel of judges for the awards were Mondelēz International, Enterprise Rent-a-car, Fidelity International and Lloyds of London.
What they had to say…
“An inspiring event where you get to see the current students and societies going above and beyond to help their fellow students and their surrounding communities not just excel and exceed but, in many cases, survive and thrive! A complete privilege to see so many wonderful initiatives deliver so many tangible results. Totally heart-warming!”
Brian Sinclair, Early Careers Talent Acquisition Manager UK & Ireland | Fidelity International
“I was in awe of the innovation in which students are truly impacting in their local communities. Being full time in university but very passionate about additional impacts they are making in society.”
Pj Singh, Talent Acquisition Specialist | Enterprise Rent-a-car
“It was great to see the drive and passion the students had for their societies – some really inspirational things happening and it’s great to have an event like this to highlight and celebrate the successes. At Lloyd’s we are always interested in hearing about students extracurricular activities and where they had achieved alongside their studies.”
Sian Carter, Emerging Talent Programmes Manager | Lloyds of London
|UEA Paramedic Society||University of East Anglia|
|Greater Manchester Nightline||University of Manchester|
|Kite Oxford-Nairobi||University of Oxford|
|Roots Community Gardening||University of Bristol|
|Beat This Together||University of Bristol|
|Warwick Maths Society||University of Warwick|
|University of Edinburgh Entrepreneurs Society||University of Edinburgh|
|Computer Science Society||Lancaster University|
|Izzi Gilmour, Canoe||University of Bristol|
|Kate Hassall, Team Surrey Squash||University of Surrey|
|Emma Bihan-Poudec, A21||University of Southampton|
|Sarah Woodard, Women in Finance||University of Bristol|
|Oluwaseye Kola-Ojo, Law Society||University of Buckingham|
|Samuel Turner, Strand Magazine||Kings College London|
|Millan Chauhan, Aston University Hockey Club||Aston University|
|Mozomul Hoque, Community Challenge||University of Birmingham|
|Doreen Chan, Durham University Business Society||Durham University|
Outstanding Contribution to a Society
We were very happy to crown Greater Manchester Nightline as the winners of the award and £1,000 sponsorship prize, a student-run listening service for students across Manchester, covering six universities and supporting 101,000 students.
Their dedication and hard work through a confidential phone and IM service, publicity events – such as delivering care packages during exam time – and plans to extend their support and further improve the infrastructure and publicity of their services, highlighted their dedication and support to the student community and clear plan for the future.
“The Milkround Society Awards finals were an incredible opportunity for both us individually and the organisation as a whole. We found out about the great work societies are doing across the UK and learned a great deal from how other groups overcame challenges this year. We also discussed volunteering opportunities with our fellow nominees and the Lancaster University Computer Science Society have offered to re-design our website!
We also got some great opportunities from networking with the amazing judges! Sian from Lloyds of London has already put us in contact with a mental health first aid training provider!”
Greater Manchester Nightline
Individual to have made the Biggest Contribution to a Society
Our judging panel were pleased to award Kate Hassall from Team Surrey Squash as the winner. They were impressed with Kate’s dedication to charity work, hard work in making sustainability an importance for Team Surrey Squash – removing all plastic waste from their social events – and creating a Blood Drive, to encourage those in the society to give blood… resulting in 36 pints of blood being given!
“I had such an amazing day at the awards, it was really well organised with a really relaxed and friendly atmosphere! I loved being able to meet the judges from an array of companies and fellow students from across the country. All the finalists had done some incredible work and it was a great way to discover different initiatives and ways we can improve our societies further!”
Kate Hassall, Team Surrey Squash
Special mention to:
- Samuel Turner from the University of Buckingham, for founding and running Strand Magazine as well as self-teaching himself all aspects of design. Strand has been distributed to 27,000 people at King’s College London, as well as receiving sponsors such as Tate, Somerset House and King’s too.
- Millan Chauhan from Aston University Hockey Club – elected and re-elected as Secretary of Aston University Hockey Club. His hard work enabled the club to gain £14.4k in sponsorship over the two years, as well as introducing numerous initiatives, securing deals and pro-actively helping members where possible.
- Emma Bihan-Poudec from A21 at Southampton University – a society committed to raising awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery. The judges were impressed by the projects and campaigns Emma completed and her success in separating the human struggle from the political aspect of trafficking.
- Kite Oxford-Nairobi, a student-led initiative with numerous projects, with the aim to empower communities, use access to resources to drive innovation in development and engage with students in Oxford and Nairobi.
- Warwick Maths Society provides support to those studying Mathematics as well as ensuring that the subject is an equal and attractive opportunity for all genders. Through academic support officers, students can attend weekly sessions, there is also the opportunity to purchase revision guides and attend events.
- UEA’s Paramedic Society run academic events to provide opportunities for their members to develop. They also spend time creating national campaigns, lobbying UK Government to enable student paramedics to access HEE additional funding.
- Roots Community Gardening is a project to get students involved in conservation and sustainability around Bristol. They run workshops, improving mental health by encouraging individuals to increase the time they spend in green spaces, working with care homes and primary schools to improve their gardens.