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

Winners

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.

Join us on the judging panel at our Society Awards

We are delighted to launch this year’s Society Awards, which will be taking place on the 19th of June 2019.

Students will be able to nominate themselves or their society for one of two awards:

  1. Individual to Have Made the Biggest Contribution to a Society
  2. Outstanding Contribution to a Society

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.

How does it work?

Step 1:  Students complete the nomination form via the Milkround website

Step 2:  20 finalists (10 from each category) are picked to attend the awards day

This will entail workshops, a Q&A and a presentation to the judging panel – explaining how the prize money would be spent.

Step 3:  £250 voucher for an individual

£1,000 cash prize for a society

Why get involved?

  • Networking opportunities with top students who have a strong extracurricular background
  • Drive job applications and have your name advertised to over 700,000 students and graduates
  • Build your brand with our student audience:
    – 50,000 students on our social media channels
    – 46,000 visits to our content hub each month
    – 311,000 current students through Milkround’s email communications and further reach through our partner’s websites

Sponsorship Package

  1. Network with over 20 top students at the awards day
  2. Join the judging panel for both categories
  3. Deliver a workshop to the engaged students
  4. Have your branding across all student communications (inc. solus emails and social media posts across all channels)

Take a look at last year’s winners

To find out more and how you can become a sponsor and judge of our Society Awards in June, give us a call on 03330 145111, or contact your Account Manager directly.

Student Success at the Milkround Society Awards

On Wednesday 25th June, we hosted our annual Milkround Society Awards – which saw students from all over the UK coming together, demonstrating what they have been getting involved in at university and how these avid individuals have contributed to their societies.

The event is a great way for us to meet some of the most inspiring young people and connect them to leading employers. It also allows us to understand what drives students, what challenges they’ve faced along the way and how they’re developing themselves outside of university studies, to ensure that they are the most employable candidates.

Our panel of judges: Isabella Luba from Merkle | Periscopix, Jack Culpan from Sponsor My Society, Andrew Crisp from UpRising and Stefan Kovacevic & Alex Bellotti from One Young World, connected with the finalists, offering both employment advice and specific guidance around society sponsorship. Both us at Milkround and the judges were overwhelmed by the pitches, making the all-important final decision a very difficult one!

 

Milkround's Society Awards 2018
Kelsey Robb from Lancaster University’s Advertising Society, pitching to the judges

We accepted over 130 applications and shortlisted this down to 9 societies for the ‘Outstanding Contribution to a Society’ award and 6 students for the ‘Individual Contribution to a Society’ award. We assessed the applications based on their efforts, their dedication to developing a society and what they would do with our £1,000 cash prize. These finalists were then invited to attend our Society Awards at the Milkround HQ – pitching to the judges.

Throughout the day, the students were able to network with one other and learn about what employers are looking for. It gave employers the opportunity to present the companies they work for and their graduate offerings, with one student applying for a role at One Young World on the day!

 

The Winners

 

Mima Markicevic - The Holdsworth Club Society (University of Birmingham)
Mima Markicevic won ‘Individual Contribution to a Society’ after demonstrating her dedication to The Holdsworth Club. In just one year, Mima transformed this declining society into one with clear goals and great support
Handprints-eNABLE Scotland
Handprints were awarded with ‘Outstanding Contribution to a Society’ for their selfless contribution to local communities, creating prosthetic arms for those most in need. They were passionate about changing people’s lives – working on projects for hospitals and vets where funding was lacking

What our judges said…

“The level of ambition, motivation and entrepreneurial spirit in the room was unmatched, and choosing a winner was a very difficult decision. I am sure that all the attendees will go on to do great things!”

Jack Culpan, Sponsor My Society


“It was an excellent opportunity to see the fantastic work students are doing in their societies. I was overwhelmed by the creative ways they were solving problems they faced and could see how all the skills they were learning could directly help them in future careers. It was also inspiring to hear about the amazing work they do for local and global communities, both within University boundaries and beyond.”

Izzie Luba, Merkle | Periscopix

 

 

Want to get involved in sponsorship with us?

If you are interested in being part of any Milkround events, increasing awareness of your organisation in the student and graduate market or if you just want to partner with us, then please give us a call on 0333 0145 111, or email us at info@milkround.com

 

 

Milkround society awards: showcasing student success

On Wednesday 5th July, Milkround were proud to host our annual Society Awards.

The Society Awards are always a highly anticipated event, as it allows us the chance to engage with some truly inspirational young people from our candidate pool. This year, all our finalists went above and beyond for their society pitches.

Learning about what successful students are looking for when it comes to their first graduate jobs was really enlightening both for us at Milkround and for the employers that attended on the day. By going directly to our graduate audience, we can ensure we match top talent with rewarding and challenging roles.

We are grateful to the judges Adam Isle, Oli Jacob and Qayum Mannan, who joined us from AstraZeneca, IBM, and UpRising respectively. They offered great feedback to our candidates, as well as the encouragement to consider their own graduate job offerings.

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Our finalists enjoyed a day of sharing their successes and developing their skills at our London office

After an initial application process that assessed why these candidates in particular deserve recognition for their contribution to a society, we invited the finalists to our London office.

Here, they spent the day getting to know each other through career-driven workshops provided by the Milkround Marketing team, and had the opportunity to learn more about the key things employers are looking for.

Students were then asked to pitch to our judges. All three were overwhelmed not only by the sheer number of achievements highlighted by the high-quality presentations, but the students’ sense of social responsibility.

The judging panel found it incredibly difficult to choose between candidates who came from a range of societies, from Craft and Financial Trading to Law and Women in Leadership. The judges were impressed by the passion all candidates showed for diversity and inclusion. Several of the societies wanted to invest our £1,000 prize money into charity fundraisers, addressing issues including student mental health and welfare.

Congratulations to our winners!

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Eva (left) and Lucia (right), with their Individual Contribution to a Society awards.
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Open Minds were awarded with Outstanding Contribution to a Society, for their dedication to increasing confidence and leadership skills through creativity.

Adam Isle, Recruiter for AstraZeneca’s Innovative Medicines & Early Development Graduate Programme, said the nominees were ‘exactly the kind of students we’re looking for’.

The day proved to be fruitful for both students and employers. Not only did the finalists get to showcase their past achievements in front of three employers, they developed their skills in pitching both their societies and their own sense of self-branding. They were then able to engage in a final networking session at the end of the day.

If you are interested in being part of events such as our Society Awards, to not only increase your brand awareness among the student demographic, but to also grant recognition of truly unique student talent found through Milkround, do give us a call on 0333 0145 111, or email info@milkround.com.