Milkround Society Awards 2019

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:

  1. Individual to Have Made the Biggest Contribution to a Society – £1,000 sponsorship prize
  2. 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.

The Judges

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

The Finalists

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.

What do we do at Milkround School Leavers?

… We know school leavers don’t search for jobs the way students and graduates do. That’s why we not only have our job board for our candidates, but also run Employability Fairs to give them the chance to meet top employers. We also produce a quarterly supplement, to help their key influencers (teachers and parents) make informed decisions about their career choices.

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Milkround School Leavers

Milkround’s new Brand Ambassadors

Bradn Ambassadors 2015

Milkround is under-way with preparations for the busy September Freshers season. We can now give a great big tick against hiring our new Brand Ambassadors!

From September, 20 students will be representing Milkround across some of the UK’s top universities, such as Exeter, Bristol, Leeds, Warwick and Newcastle (plus many more).

They will be getting involved by attending Freshers and Careers Fairs, signing students up to Milkround, spreading the word about the vacancies and opportunities we have onsite, and offering employability advice to their peers.

If you have any questions about the work we do on campus or how we attract candidates to our site, just give us a call or drop us an email.

So, if you’re ever on a university campus and see a Brand Ambassador in a bright blue t-shirt, make sure you say hi!

Dates now confirmed for our next School Leavers Employability Fair

Since launching our School Leavers Employability Fair last October, we’ve had three successful events.

We’re coming back this October with a new two day event on the 12th and 13th, with more fairs scheduled throughout the academic year to tie in with National Apprenticeship week.

Exhibit at our School Leaver Fair Leaflet- Oct

To find out more about our events and book your stand, visit our websitedownload the media packwatch this video or contact us!

Alternatively, fill out your details here and we’ll contact you with all the information you need.

Milkround to hold ‘Outstanding contribution to a society’ awards

Today, we have invited 20 shortlisted entrants to our headquarters at the News Building at London Bridge, as we present our first ever ‘Outstanding contribution to a society’ award.

For the awards, Milkround called on current university students to nominate themselves for their contributions to their university clubs and societies.

Entrants were asked to complete a survey around their role in the sports club or society, and write a pitch as to why they should win the award. If an entrant had clearly contributed to a society or sports team over the past year, they were entered into consideration for the award by our marketing team.

Selected finalists have been invited to attend an awards event this Friday, and will get the chance to take part in exclusive presentations and workshops to improve their employability, plus the chance to win a cash prize for their hard work.

Attendees will take part in the following:

  • A networking lunch at Milkround’s HQ at News UK
  • A presentation by Milkround’s in-house trainer on influencing people and using this to their advantage in the job hunt
  • A workshop on improving personal branding
  • A printed certificate as proof of nomination

The winner and first runner-up will also receive an awards certificate, as well as £100 for the winner and £50 for the runner-up.

If you would like to increase your brand exposure and get involved in our other events or activities, such as on campus workshops, social media campaigns, our School Leavers Fair or other events, please get in touch.

Call: 020 3003 4000



Youngsters are costing the country millions by dropping out of school…

The Local Government Association have recently reported that thousands of teenagers in England are costing the country over £800m per year by dropping out of school or unsuccessfully passing their courses.

Latest figures show 178,100 16 to 18-year-olds failed to complete post-16 qualifications, including A-levels, apprenticeships and further education courses and are at risk of becoming not in employment, education or training (NEET).

Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, said: “Councils want every young person to achieve their full potential but too many are still dropping out of post-16 education and training or not achieving a passing grade. “Our analysis lays bare the substantial financial cost of this but the human cost is even greater with youngsters left struggling with uncertainty, a sense of failure and facing tough decisions about what to do next. “Councils are having success in helping young people that do drop-out back into learning but fear a failure to reform the centralised ‘bums on seats’ approach to funding further education could leave too many teenagers at risk of dropping out or without the skills needed to get a job. “Local councils, colleges, schools and employers know how to best help their young people and should have devolved funding and powers to work together to give young people the best chance of building careers and taking jobs that exist locally.”

– See more at:

Graduates saying ‘no thanks’ to job offers

The Metro reported this morning (Tuesday, 27th January 2014) that one in seven graduate job offers were rejected last year, meaning the UK had the most unfilled graduate positions since 2008. This seems hard to believe with each graduate job having around 75 applications- the competition is clearly still tough.

This statistic seems to highlight the skills gap in graduates, and how those who do have these skills are in high demand. What can universities be doing to close this gap? What can students be doing to improve their employability?

Securing an internship is one way students can increase the chances of being hired after university. Companies give a quarter of their graduate roles to candidates who have previously worked for them, most typically as an intern.

Last year, Milkround conducted a Career Service Roadshow, which saw our Engagement Marketing Executive, Chantelle, travel around the country visiting universities and explaining trends in student employability and commercial awareness. This is just one of the things we have been doing to help tackle this problem in graduate skill gaps- watch this space!