March saw our Students’ Union Awards Seasons kick off in style at our Societies and Student Media Awards in Whitechapel, followed by the Sports Awards in the Grange City Hotel and finally with the Education Awards in the magnificent Drapers’ Hall in the City of London. Awards Season is an opportunity to recognise the achievements of students participating in all aspects of the Students’ Union and you can read more about each event below.
On 22nd March we held our annual Student Media and Societies Awards. Split over two awards ceremonies and an after party in The Griff Inn it was a fantastic celebration of our groups and all their achievements over the past year.
It was a pleasure to see a great turn to the Societies Awards and our groups sharing in each other’s successes. Some highlights included our Formula Student Society achieving a perfect score in the Excellence Awards, the BL Surgical Society winning best society event of the year with their 7th National Surgical Conference and Society of the year going to Psychiatry Society for their tremendous work over the year developing their society to new heights, tripling their society membership and contributing greatly to student experience. Not forgetting the wonderful Music Society for their stunning string quartet performance!
Congratulations to all nominated, shortlisted and of course all of our winners in every category, see you all again next year! You can view all the nominees and winners here and take a look at the photo album on Facebook!
Student Media Awards
Taking place in the Senior Common Room, the Student Media Awards saw its best year yet, with the highest turnout of attendees in recent years. Six outlets gave their own awards to students, with certificates and gifts for their outstanding contributions over the past year.
The Print won ‘Outlet of the Year’, Quest Radio won ‘Most Improved Outlet of the Year’, Abbie Sedgeman won ‘Contributor of the Year’, Tweedledum & Tweedledee by Gina Gambetta of CUB Magazine won ‘Feature of the Year’, CUB Magazine won ‘Online Award’, ‘Event of the Year’ went to Preach the PEACH, and ‘Best Broadcast’ was awarded to Mile End in a Minute, a collaboration by QMTV and the Print.
You can view the photos from the night on our Facebook page, and the full list of winners and nominees can be found here.
The Sports Awards Dinner took place on 24th March at the Grange City Hotel. The evening featured a sparkling wine reception, a three course meal, a live DJ and dancefloor as well as celebrations of all the sporting achievements of Queen Mary students over the past year.
A key highlight from the evening was the Netball Club winning ‘Club of the Year’. The ‘Club of the Year’ award is awarded to the club who has had a high-achieving year in sport, building a partnership with their coach to create and implement clear club and player development plans. The club will also have been active in their community or have completed charity work, have excellent communication with the Students’ Union, a positive social media presence, high student satisfaction for both performance and participation athletes and have had a financially stable year.
You can view the photos from the Sports Awards on the QMSU Sport Facebook page, and the full list of awards and winners can be found on our website.
Every year the Education Awards celebrate the contributions of staff and students to improving the Queen Mary learning experience. The Education Awards include the Course Rep Awards in six categories, awarded to Course Reps who have made a huge difference to students and their courses, and the Teaching Awards in 12 categories, awarded to teaching and support staff that have made an outstanding contribution to the student experience.
The competition was especially strong this year, with the highest number of nominations ever, making the selection extremely difficult and the awards even more prestigious. The Education Awards Ceremony was held on Monday, 26th March, in a beautiful environment of Drapers’ Hall, with the record high attendance of 150 people who thoroughly enjoyed their special evening.
You can view all the categories and winners here, and the photos from the evening are on our Facebook page.