This year’s Societies Awards will be held on Tuesday 7th April at the Mile End Campus, location TBC.
Nominations will open on Friday 17th January and close at 9am, on Monday 16th March 2020.
The following awards are up for grabs this year:
✩ 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.
✩ 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).
✩ 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.
✩ 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.
✩ Most Improved Society
This will be awarded to the society which has improved on the previous year and transformed the experience of its members.
✩ 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.
✩ 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.
✩ 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.
✩ 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.
✩ 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.
When nominating, we recommend giving clear examples in relation to the award that you are nominating for. It may be beneficial to give clear evidence if possible, e.g. statistics, figures. You could state how much a society has earned at a specific event, how much money a society has raised, how many tickets for an event has a society sold, how many people attended a specific event. As an individual, you can share how a society or a committee member has helped you and your student experience.
You do not need to be a paid society member to nominate.
Charitable Society of the Year: Somali Society
Best Academic Society: Psi Star
Best New Society: Alternative Dispute Resolution Society
Most Improved Society: BL Infectious Diseases
Committee Member of the Year: Ameen Hussein
Rising Star: BL Students for Global Health
Best Society Event: 'An Evening with Adam Kay' - BL Obstetrics and Gynaecology & BL Pre-Hospital and Emergency Medicine
Collaboration of the Year: Traditional Tastes Event - Arab Society, North African Society & UNICEF Society
Society of the Year: Dental Society
Special Recognition: Nura Ali from Arab Society + Comedy Society