Academic Society of the Year

This will be awarded to an academic society linked with their department which has organised a variety of informative and inspiring activities and events regularly throughout the year, including career and development opportunities.

Nominees:
  • GEPSOC
  • PsiStar
  • Business and Enterprise
  • Trading and Investment
Winner: Business & Enterprise Society
What the nominations said:

QMBES has provided its members with an array of opportunities to build their skill set, learn, and socialise. They launched the first-ever student-led entrepreneurship competition on campus which allowed students to develop their passion for entrepreneurship and meet other students from various QMUL schools. The society has organised CV workshops, Mock Assessment Centres, talks and networking events to support students that plan on going down the employment path.

What the panel said:

QMBES organised many events that are relevant to their aims, really helped their members develop in this subject area, and launching the first-ever student-led entrepreneurship competition on campus is very impressive and innovative! They have truly empowered their members to achieve the best they can and initiated some great projects this year that are inspirational for any academic society. Their achievements speak for themselves.


Campus Community Award

This will be awarded to the society who has proved they value their members and have built a strong community on campus through their society. There are two awards in this category (BL and ME).

Nominees:

Mile End Campus:

  • NHSF Hindu
  • Salsa Society
  • QM Yoga
  • QM Theatre Company
Winner: NHSF Hindu Society

Whitechapel Campus:

  • BL Islamic Society
  • BL Drama
Winner: BL Drama
What the nominations said:
(NHSF Hindu Society)

NHSF Hindu Society have created a real safe space for the Hindu community on campus. It’s a great place to make friends and they really make you feel as part of a family. Through the many social meals and balls, members are able to build strong relationships with one another. Religious festivals are celebrated in a very homely way too. Diwali was celebrated in collaboration with the Indian Society and this allowed everyone to feel united!

What the panel said:

Many of people have found a refuge away from home in Hindu Society. That is a significant factor in unifying and promoting diversity inside our campus and making everyone feel welcome! The Hindu Society has glowing feedback from its members about being a safe space on campus and creating a cohesive community atmosphere - they have really encompassed the spirit of how QM is as a university and have celebrated its diversity.


(Drama society)
What the nominations said:

Drama Society is a massive community in BL that gives its members the outlet to express themselves creatively through numerous events across the academic year. The committee works incredibly hard to get each and every show they run up to a high standard and ensure that their members are in a safe and welcoming place, and the welfare reps do a great job looking out for everyone!

What the panel said:

Drama Society really celebrates everything that Barts stands for and hold amazing events which bring the whole Barts community together! The panel also liked that they have welfare reps to take care of their members wellbeing. BL Drama regularly holds events throughout the year that are highly popular and a well-deserved break for all students who attend. The quality of shows that are put on is amazing and shows how dedicated they are to their extra-curriculars.


Charitable Society of the Year

This will be awarded to the student group which has made the greatest contribution to charity fundraising and/or RAG and its activities during the year through the Adopt a Charity Scheme.

Winner: QM Islamic Society

Year on year ISoc puts on a tremendous amount of effort into their fundraising, and this year is no different. During this year's Charity Week, they've put on a series of fantastic events every day during the week. To date, they have fundraised £7,119.23!


Best New Society

This will be awarded to a new society affiliated between September 2019 and March 2020 which has exceeded expectations and shown commitment to future development.

Nominees:
  • BL Forensics
  • Consulting Society
  • Iberian and Latin American Society
  • Art Society
Winner: Consulting Society
Special Commendation: Art society
(Consulting society)
What the nominations said:

This society has been very insightful and determined in ensuring its members gained the proper awareness of the Consulting industry and learning what it’s all about! They have run a number of workshops and events which helped members with their CVs, prepared them for case study and assessment day interviews, and helped them secure internships at various firms. They’ve also developed an exclusive partnership with IBM for their upcoming BAME mentoring scheme.

What the panel said:

Consulting society have shown a huge amount of dedication right from their initial long application to set up as a society, to running high quality events on campus and filling a necessary space to advise people on careers in the field. They set up a non-profit affiliated to their society, which is commendable and shows their dedication to not only being an academic society but representing other values that QM stands for. The committee has done a great job in creating and organising the society, going above and beyond for their members in helping them achieve their goals - we look forward to seeing what they do next year.


(Art society)
What the nominations said:

Art society were affiliated in early September, before teaching began. Within this academic year, they have promoted their society brilliantly. Engagement at their events and activities is high and they have been able to reach 82 paid members within this year. They have also dealt well with changes in their committee: one of the Presidents took this in her stride and took up extra responsibility. They haven’t held back as a new society, but instead have constantly tried to do more events and improve.

What the panel said:

This society has shown dedication, effort and consideration for both their externals and their members. They’ve got off to a fantastic start and dealt with issues as they have come up in a professional manner, hope they improve even more next year.


Most Improved Society

This will be awarded to the society which has improved on the previous year and transformed the experience of its members.

Nominees:
  • BL Medtech
  • European Law Student's Association
  • Formula Student
  • Salsa Society
  • QMBL Pole Fitness
  • Business and Enterprise
  • Zoological Society
Winner: Salsa Society
What the nominations said:

Previously the society was disorganised but this year the leadership is well managed. Last year they had no fixed teacher nor consistent classes, but they achieved that this year. They added more levels of dance classes (beginner, improver, intermediate) to suit a wider variety of learners and have also increased membership from previous years. As well as classes, they have put on other events such as socials, trips and collaborations even with societies at other universities.

What the panel said:

There has been a clear change in their presence on campus, and judging from the feedback it seems that the society has undergone an incredible comeback from an unmanaged society to a popular hub for students.


Rising Star

This will be awarded to the society who have overcome the challenges of being a small society and achieved their objectives and targets set out in their development plans and held regular, well organised events and activities throughout the year. Societies nominated for this award must have 50 members of less.

Nominees:
  • Nepalese
  • Polish Society
  • BL African and Caribbean Society
Winner: BL African and Caribbean Society
What the nominations said:

Despite being a small society, it has big aspirations and have delivered a number of fantastic events during this academic year! They have been incredibly active, running a number of events for Black History Month like the Black Owned Business Fair, Mental Health Panel, pub quiz and a film screening. Beyond that, the society has also been heavily involved with integrating the society with the wider ACS network within London, working with other London ACSs in collaborative events and really adding to the student experience, helping students feel welcome at Barts London.

What the panel said:

The Rising Star implies a small community on their way to new heights, and with the amount of events and traction of BLACS, they definitely deserve to win this award. They've been amazing at putting on events, especially during Black History Month, and collaborated with a wide variety of societies.


Best Society Event

This will be awarded to a society event, which has gone above and beyond to demonstrate the group’s aims and objectives in an inclusive and accessible environment. This can include events on and off campus and trips away.

Nominees:
  • BL ISOC - Infinity Maze
  • BL MedTech - Keeping up with Consumer Tech
  • QM Theatre Company - RENT
  • Iberian & Latin American and Salsa Society - El Pary
  • QM Trading & Investment - Women in Finance
Winner: QM Theatre Company - RENT
What the nominations said:

QMTC put on RENT as their winter musical performance that brought together musicians, dancers and a designer as well as actors giving it a high production value. Choosing RENT was important too as it deals with LGBT+ themes and BAME characters. On both nights, tickets were sold out and they gained more members while bringing current members closer together!

What the panel said:

RENT is a new and inclusive event for both its members and a wider audience. It became a sold out musical, had inclusive casting and directing, and acted as great way of funding part of their yearly trip to FRINGE Festival!


Best Collaboration Event

This will be awarded to a society event, which involved two or more societies collaborating. The event will have gone above and beyond to be welcoming, committed, fun and will have strived to build a strong community in an inclusive and accessible environment.

Nominees:
  • Afghan and Friends of Palestine - Peace Night
  • QM Trading & Investment and Consulting - Investment Banking Workshop
  • Iberian & Latin American and Salsa Society - El Pary
  • Arab Society, North African, and other London Uni Societies - SPOTLIGHT
Winner: Iberian and Latin American Society and Salsa Society – El Pary
What the nominations said:

El Pary was so successful thanks to ILAS and Salsa Society that they put it on twice! The atmosphere was great, and tickets were sold out. Students really enjoyed the chance to experience Latin American culture. There were classes of salsa and bachata before the actual party and the DJs were amazing!

What the panel said:

An event that was new for QM and helped bring students who have tended to be ignored together to celebrate. Sponsorship was attained and the event was well organised and led to a second event. The venue was packed out and more tickets were sold than expected and showed the great teamwork that was needed to make this event the success it was. The event was truly exceptional which can be seen by the sheer number of nominations from both societies – all incredible positive, even from non-committee members.


Committee Member of the Year

This will be awarded to the Principal Officer or Committee Member who has gone above and beyond in their role for their society. This individual should stand out from the crowd in their commitment to their society, engagement with societies members and engagement with the Students’ Union.

Nominees:
  • Ahmad Shafiqullah - Consulting Society
  • Asad Ali - Dental Society
  • Kevin Suarez - Salsa Society
  • Marcus Thevarajan - Baking Society
  • Catrin Sohrabi - BL MedTechS
  • Shivani Purohit - Consulting
  • Giulia Oyalemi - BL African Caribbean Society
Winner: Asad Ali (Dental Society President)
What the nominations said:

Asad is a very friendly and approachable person. He is enthusiastic about doing a thorough in order to provide the best student experience possible. He has constantly been proactive in finding new sponsors and he has built up confidence in other committee members and made personal sacrifices for the greater good of the university. Asad has revamped the society to make it as sustainable as possible and caters to all dietary requirements. Asad is such as inspiration; his work ethic and attitude towards betterment of the student body is admirable.

What the panel said:

Asad has received glowing nominations from many members of the society highlighting the important work he has done as DentSoc president this year. He has been a great President and clearly his committee and members think so too. He helped raise over £10k in sponsorships, develop a society app, and being incredibly inclusive in his events.


Society of the Year

This will be awarded to the society which has made a massive contribution to the student experience and has organised a wide range and high number of events, activities and achieved their objectives and targets set in their development plans.

Nominees:
  • Dental Society
  • BL Islamic Society
  • Iberian and Latin American Society
  • NHSF Hindu Society
  • Salsa Society
Winner: Dental Society
What the nominations said:

Dental Society is so welcoming and gives students amazing social and academic experiences. They have planned so many events even collaborating with other unis and set up an alumni mentoring scheme. This year they also released the dental society app which helps students get engaged easily. They are committed to being sustainable and inclusive and being part of the society has not only enriched student experience at Queen Mary but will also benefit members’ careers!

What the panel said:

The panel was blown away by the sheer number of quality nominations received for Dental Society – it was a tough decision to make, especially as Dental won Society of the Year previously. However, the society has strived to increase the work they do this year and all round has had a tremendous impact on students both within and outside of the society having put on a wide range of events and launching a new app to help members navigate their way through society events and contacts. They have also attained a decent amount and quality of sponsorships and has excelled and pushed every boundary that limits a society. Well done Dental – you have truly set the bar incredibly high.