Freeze our Fees wins Campaign of the Year!

Freeze our Fees wins Campaign of the Year!

Earlier this week, QMSU won the ‘Campaign of the Year’ award at the NUS Awards in Birmingham for the ‘Freeze our Fees’ campaign run by our executive officers.

The NUS Awards are designed to celebrate the work done by Students’ Unions and to provide an opportunity for Students’ Unions to gain national recognition for their hard work in campaigning, diversity, student opportunities and education. The Awards were judged by an experienced panel from across the education sector and beyond.

Judges at the award said:

“Freeze our Fees was a great example of a students’ union delivering a great campaign that wil impact its members, saving current and future students £100,000s, showing great resilience throughout until they reached their positive outcome”.

The Freeze our Fees campaign was set up to combat the proposed rise in tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year, with Queen Mary Students’ Union and Barts & The London Students’ Association fully opposing an unjustified increase in fees. The Elected Officers met with the QMUL Senior Leadership Team on a number of occasions, and lobbied the University whilst it was considering its position on fees. A petition was set up online, with venues, shops and cafes on campus also offering the chance for students to sign.

As a direct result of the campaign, the University announced that tuition fees for current home and EU students who were continuing their studies at Queen Mary would not rise. This was a major win for the Students’ Union.

It is therefore fantastic news that the hard work and successful campaign has been recognised nationally!

Miranda Black, President of the Students’ Union said of the award:

“It's the perfect way to end the year! Freeze Our Fees was a successful campaign because students across QMUL got behind it, so thank you to everyone. I'm dead proud of Student Council and our Exec team who committed a lot of time to the campaign and I'm over the moon that we're receiving this award. Woohoooo!”

William Atkins, Vice President Barts and The London added his thanks to our elected officers and representatives who made the campaign the success it was:

"I'm delighted that BLSA was able to make such a significant contribution to a Union-wide campaign. This award recognises all the hard work our elected officers and representatives put in to make #FreezeOurFees the success it was, and the credit lies entirely with them. It also goes to show what we can achieve together when we work as a team!"