The Union Awards!

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Last week, we hosted our Union Awards, celebrating the successes of our students across the year! The shortlist and the winners are below. Thanks to everyone to came along and congratulations to all those who won awards!

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

The nominees for campaign of the year are:
– Ethical Investment
– Stop the Traffik
– Eradicate Ecocide

And the winner is….
ETHICAL INVESTMENT: The hard graft that these campaigners have put in to make the world a better place is astounding. Their tenacity in pursuing every avenue available to them in order to raise awareness of unethical banking, and the problems it causes and tell us what we can do to put an end to it is unyielding. This has been a great campaign, and I’m sure it will continue to be strong in the future until all banks become finally become ethical places.

STUDENT LED CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

The nominees for student led campaign of the year are:
– Stop the Traffik
– Living Wage
– UEA Feminism

And the winner is…
STOP THE TRAFFIK: The organisation and dedication of the Stop the Traffik campaign has led to some fantastic results in their campaign; their taxi campaign educating cab drivers about human trafficking is a brilliant initiative, they have even managed to help victims of human trafficking. Through their campaign raising awareness and helping victims they have made our community a better place.

 
CAMPAIGN SUCCESS OF THE YEAR

The nominees for campaign success of the year are:
– The Islamic Centre
– Stop the Traffik Conference
– International Women’s Day

And the winner is…
THE ISLAMIC CENTRE: At the end of last academic year over 300 students and community members marched in protest over the proposed plans to close UEA’s Islamic Centre and it didn’t end there. Weekly protests were held in the square, petitions were signed, lobbying was done, and eventually the result we wanted was achieved. This campaign not only saw the initiation of the University’s faith consultation but the saving of the Islamic Centre itself. This campaign was a true success.

CAMPAIGNER OF THE YEAR
The nominees for campaigner of the year are:
– Rosie Rawle and Benjamin Brown
– Elliot Folan
– Cadi Cliff

And the winner is…
ROSIE RAWLE AND BENJAMIN BROWN: The sheer number of campaigns, protests, and events that campus has borne witness to over the last couple of years is mainly down to these two. Whether it is cleaning up the banks – quite literally, protesting for worker’s rights by going naked or promoting greener living with fun and informative events Rosie & Benj have been there, organising, participating, following up and thinking of their next steps. They’ve been wonderful and we look forward to seeing what they have for us in the future.

STAFF STUDENT LIASION COMMITTEE OF THE YEAR

The nominees for SSLC of the year are:
– ART
– PSY
– BIO

And the winner is…
PSY: After becoming a school in their own right this year Psychology have done an outstanding job in creating an SSLC in which students feel empowered to make change through a welcoming atmosphere where students and staff truly work in partnership.

FACULTY OF SCIENCE REP OF THE YEAR

The nominees for SCI rep of the year are:
– Hannah Platt
– Joseph Short
– Yasmin Bellairs-Taylor

And the winner is…
JOSEPH SHORT – Joseph is an incredibly dedicated and thoughtful rep, always insightful, and willing to try new things, he will do whatever he can to help his School.

FACULTY OF HEALTH REP OF THE YEAR

The nominees for FMH rep of the year are:
– Kruti Shah
– Vicky Reynolds-Cocroft
– Alexander Kiddle

And the winner is…
KRUTI SHAH:
Kruti has been a great rep for MED this year, and her colleagues can not speak highly enough of her, we hope her good work in the School is continued in the coming years, to strengthen representation and better the student experience.

FACULTY OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES REP OF THE YEAR

The nominees for HUM rep of the year are:
– Molly Hughes
– James Watkinson
– Zoe Phillips

And the winner is…
Molly Hughes – Molly’s commitment to improving things within the University is unshakable, always thinking of what is the fairest outcome for students not just in her School, but in every School, she is highly involved in representation at every level.

FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES REP OF THE YEAR

The nominees for SSF rep of the year are:
– Nisita Raghvani
– David Nevard
– Emma Longford

And the winner is….
NISITA RAGHVANI – Nish’s boundless enthusiasm and love of student life make her an excellent rep. Always there to help whoever needs it, however she can, and with a smile on her face. She has made a great contribution to University life in her time here.

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE REP OF THE YEAR

The nominees for university committee Rep of the year are:
– Steph McGucken
– Kieran Patel
– Julian von Nehammer

And the winner is…
STEPH MCGUCKEN –Steph’s capability, intelligence, and commitment to improving the student experience when representing her peers at Faculty level has seen a great development in the partnership between the Faculty of HUM and the Union making achieving positive change for students easier than ever before.
REPRESENTATION STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR

The nominees for Representation Staff Member of the year are:
– James Cornford
– Ros Boar
– John Pullinger

And the winner is…
JOHN PULLINGER – John’s remarkable enthusiasm for student representation is wonderfully refreshing. His belief in students driving their own education, and the way he deals with students sets the highest example for all staff whether they be academic or administrative.

UNION REP OF THE YEAR

The nominees for Union rep of the year are:
– Cal Corkery
– Rhiannon Mohabir
– Astrid Heidemann Simonsen

And the Winner is…
CAL CORKERY: No one takes their responsibilities as a Councillor more seriously than Cal, his unyielding scrutiny of Union and University policy, his dedication to the student movement and to making this a truly student led University are inspiring.

LANDLORD OF THE YEAR

The nominees for Landlord of the year are:
Robin Green
Penny Coult
Andrew & Christine Brigham
Kate Purcell
Allan and Penny Sutton

And the winner is…
ALLAN AND PENNY SUTTON:

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

The nominees for Volunteer of the Year are:
– Bintu Foday
– Richard Laverick
– Sam Alston
And the winner is…RICHARD LAVERICK: Over the last year, Richard has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of LGBT students in Norwich and the wider community. From setting up the Safe Sex Station to the LGBT report which was adopted by Council and with a foreword written by Stephen Fry, Richard has expanded the equality agenda across campus and brought LGBT issues to the forefront of UEA life all alongside his studies.

VOLUNTEERING CLUB OR SOCIETY OF THE YEAR

The nominees for volunteering club or society of the year are:
– UEA Links
– Nightline
– People and Planet

And the winner is…
UEA LINKS: Whenever we put on an event at the Union, Links are always there to provide us with the support to ensure our students can remain safe and well. Their continuous dedication to the welfare of our students is something we should be very grateful for – whether its at a sports game on Wednesdays or late night in the LCR.

SERVICE TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

The nominees for service to the local community are:
– Richard Laverick
– Stop the Traffik
– DanceSport
And the winner is…
STOP THE TRAFFIK: Stop The Traffik have spent the last year working on a campaign to inform Taxi drivers about the problems of human trafficking in Norfolk. Over the course of the year, they distributed over 400 stickers and have partnered with the local councils in order to ensure a wider awareness of trafficking issues.

SERVICE TO THE UNION

The nominees for service to the Union are:
– Nightline
– Tom Hesse
– Zoe Phillips

And the winner is:
ZOE PHILLIPS: As the HUM faculty convenor, Zoe has been leading the development of a strong representation presence in her school. Zoe is a regular attendee at council and has been involved in almost every aspect of the Union – from working in the Ents department to leading her fellow students in the PSI society. Zoe continues to show enthusiasm for what the Union stands for and her constant engagement with issues makes her an asset to the student body.

NEW SPORTS CLUB OF THE YEAR

The nominees for new sports club of the year are:
– Cheerleading Dance
– Cheerleading Stunt
– Gymnastics

And the winner is…
CHEERLEADING DANCE: Cheerleading split into two separate clubs this year – Dance and Stunt. While both have prospered, Cheer Dance are receiving this award due to their outstanding performance, culminating in winning a recent national competition in Manchester.

PROGRESS AS A SPORTS CLUB

The nominees for Progress as a Sports Club are:
– Women’s Basketball
– Volleyball
– Triathlon

And the winner is…
VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball club has made huge progress this year – they have substantially increased their membership, competed in BUCS for the first time with both men’s and women’s team finishing 2nd in their leagues, and the women’s team won the Midlands Conference Cup.

SERVICE TO A SPORTS CLUB

The nominees for service to a sports club are:
– Tom Hesse
– Adam Swallow
– Rebecca Layland

And the winner is…
REBECCA LAYLAND: As president of the triathlon club, Becky has worked extremely hard to help the club progress. Her friendly and approachable nature has made the triathlon club a very welcoming one which has significantly increased its membership, and she has made links to other relevant clubs to improve their performance. One testimonial of Becky from a fellow student ended with ‘I wish she could be the president of all sports clubs’.
SPORTS CLUB OF THE YEAR

The nominees for sports club of the year are:
– Table Tennis
– Volleyball
– Korfball

And the winner is…
TABLE TENNIS: Table Tennis club continue to perform at an outstanding level year after year. Whilst Volleyball and Korfball where also in the running for their successful performance, Table Tennis have finished top of tier 1 in BUCS and are through to the premier league play-offs.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY A
SPORTS CLUB

The nominees for outstanding achievement by a sports club are:
– Stanley Leong
– Chloe Rochester
– Jemma Gordon

And the winner is…
JEMMA GORDON: Jemma has been instrumental in the success of women’s basketball this year. As club secretary, she could normally be found working with Jacki to organise transport, referees, and everything else that is required to run a club with so many fixtures to fulfil. The evidence that Jemma did such a good job is reflected in the club winning their BUCS league and reaching the conference cup final.

NEW SOCIETY OF THE YEAR

The nominees for new society of the year are:
– Headucate
– Dr Who
– Quidditch

And the winner is…
HEADUCATE: Headucate have won the new society of the year award due to their professionalism and their perseverance to become a great society with a fantastic aim. The aim is to raise awareness of mental health in schools; running small workshops with children and teenagers to tackle common misconceptions about mental health issues and to tackle associated stigma.

PROGRESS AS A SOCIETY

The nominees for progress as a society are:
– Laser society
– Cinema
– Livewire

And the winner is…
LIVEWIRE: Over the last year, Livewire have relaunched as a radio station. With a new website, online player and logo, the society has made huge steps forward in becoming a more professional media society. Alongside this, they have redeveloped one of the radio studios which was previously unused into an editing suite to help their members launch podcasts and develop adverts.

SERVICE TO A SOCIETY

The nominees for Service to a society are:
– Eliot Fallows – Livewire
– Amy Adams – Concrete
– Lydia Wright – UEA Glee Showchoir

And the winner is:
AMY ADAMS: When it was agreed last year that the editor role for Concrete would no longer be a paid role, but a volunteer role, there were rightly many concerns. However, Amy Adams took on the challenge to be the Editor alongside her degree and had embraced the challenge. Amy has done an amazing job, Concrete continues to go from strength to strength under her leadership and with the support of her team.

SOCIETY OF THE YEAR

The nominees for the Society of the year are:
– Concrete
– Lit Soc
– Drama

And the winner is…
DRAMA: continue to amaze with the high level of professionalism. This year they went one further, not content with putting on plays each semester as usual they also introduced a new idea- Spotlight, A night of new short plays. The Drama Committee had picked up on feedback from students saying that more people wanted the chance to write and perform, so introduced Spotlight as a way of more people being involved, a great idea with a fantastic result.

OUTSTANDING ACHEIVEMENT BY A
SOCIETY

The nominees for outstanding achievement by a society are:
– The Quidditch Committee
– Alex Gombera
– People and Planet

And the winner is:
THE QUIDDITCH COMMITTEE: The Quidditch society started this academic year, and have worked really hard to explain how on earth it is that you can play Quidditch! Since forming they have gained many members, attracted the local press to write an article about them, and are now looking to send Quidditch into schools. A very impressive start for a fantasy sport.

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2 thoughts on “The Union Awards!

  1. I find it odd that the Union Awards were not better advertised; I was nominated for an award and I had no idea until now! The awards clearly highlight the effort that people have put into their school/ societies/ campaigns, so it seems baffling that very few people- including the nominees- knew about it.

  2. Hi Yasmin. Sorry you weren’t notified – all nominees should have received an email inviting them to the awards ceremony so I don’t know what happened there! We posted out about the nominations several times across the blog, facebook and twitter and emailed all clubs and society committee members as well as others to encourage nominations. Unfortunately, we had to make the event invite only as it was a seated event and we need to be aware of numbers. Sorry you missed out but we did try and spread the word!

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