Awards Categories

Environment Award

1 award, across the campuses. Students and staff nominate and a panel decides.

This award is to recognise a group or individual(s) who champions the environment and who have made a positive impact on our wider community. The winner(s) should have carried out a visible campaign or event on campus or in our local communities which highlight an environmental issue or concern.

Examples:

  • Campaigning to raise awareness on a specific issue such as planting trees, reducing plastic use or the introduction of recycling bins
  • Fundraising activity specific to an environmental cause
  • Leading a workshop or event aimed at increasing knowledge on a specific environmental issue

Inclusivity Award

1 award, across the campuses. Students and staff nominate and a panel decides.
 

This award is to recognise an individual or group(s) of students who champion Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. The winner(s) should have embedded inclusivity into their group activities, celebrated cultural diversity on campus, ran a visible campaign around one or more areas of inclusion or they will have actively contributed to the work of a local charity that focuses on equality, diversity and inclusion.

Examples:

  • Running an activity or campaign as part of a national history month, e.g. Black History Month, LGBT+ History Month, Disability History Month
  • Volunteering your time at a local organisation or charity that exists to champion Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Supporting a Union or University EDI initiative.
  • Running a weekly social event aimed at improving the feeling of inclusion and community

Education Impact Award

1 award, across the campuses. Students and staff nominate and a panel decides.
 

This award is to recognise a group or individual(s) who have made a significant impact on the educational experience at ARU. The winner(s) should have made a difference to the students on their course or within their faculty or more generally to the student communities of ARU.

Examples:

  • A Course-based Society hosting a conference
  • A Course Rep getting changes made as a result of feedback

Project of the Year

1 award, across the campuses. Students and staff nominate and a panel decides.
 

This award is to recognise a student-led project or campaign that has had a direct and sizeable impact on its community. This could be a one off event or regular activity. The winning project should be an event, a campaign, a fundraising activity or a voluntary project that has benefited other ARU students or the local communities of our campuses.

Examples:

  • Organising a collection of donated items for the homeless community.
  • Leading a fundraising event for a local charity.
  • Running a weekly peer support activity for students.
  • Campaigning for a change at ARU that will benefit other students.

Society of the Year

1 award, across the campuses. Students and staff nominate and a panel decides.
 

This award is to celebrate an SU society who has gone above and beyond to create a positive community for their members. The winners should have run regular events or activities for their members. They will have made a positive contribution to their members’ overall university experience and have shown a commitment to their group and to making it sustainable.

Examples:

  • A TV Broadcasting society collaborating with other societies to create content and benefit members.
  • A course based society running study skills sessions for the benefit of other students.
  • A sports society running fitness sessions online during lockdown.

Society Person of the Year

1 award, across the campuses. Students and staff nominate and a panel decides.
 

This award is to celebrate an individual who has been dedicated to ensuring the success of their society. They should be a champion for society activity and have made a positive difference to the experience of their group's members. They will have worked hard to encourage members and non-members to get involved with society and Union activity.

Examples:

  • A committee member who has worked hard during the Pandemic to keep the group running.
  • A society member who has gone above and beyond to help the committee with society activities and events. 

Rep of the Year

1 award, across the campuses. Students and staff nominate and a panel decides.

This award is to celebrate someone who has gone above and beyond in their duties as a Student Representative. The winner of this award will be highly committed to their role, engage with relevant meetings and maintain contact with their peers, academic staff and the Students' Union. 

Examples:

  • A Course Rep who has remained dedicated to gathering their peers' feedback during the pandemic. 
  • A Campaign Rep who has delivered campaigns or activities that support the students they represent.
  • A Faculty Rep who has worked collaboratively to get changes made in their faculty. 

Volunteer of the Year

1 award, across the campuses. Students and staff nominate and a panel decides.
 

This award is to recognise an individual who has devoted their time to volunteering with, or for, the Students’ Union. The winner will be an individual who has gone above and beyond while volunteering in the local community or within roles at the Union.

Example roles:

  • Community Volunteer
  • Course Rep
  • Faculty Rep
  • Campaign Rep
  • Committee Member
     

Student Staff Award

Union staff and student staff nominate and a panel decides.

This award is to recognise a member of SU student staff who has exceeded the expectations of their role and gone above and beyond. They will have worked hard to deliver excellent service and their efforts will have made a positive impact on their peers and the Students' Union.

Consider these points when nominating an individual for this award:

• Have they shown dedication and commitment to their role within ARU Students' Union?

• Have they exceeded the expectations of the role and deliver high quality work?

• Have they positively impacted the work of ARU Students' Union?


Outstanding Contribution Award

1 award, across the campuses. Students and staff nominate and a panel decides.
 

This award is to recognise an amazing individual who could easily win more than one SU award. The winner will have gone above and beyond in a number of roles and will be an ambassador for the work and values of the Students' Union. They will be a champion for improving the student experience on campus.

Example:

  • During their time at ARU they would have made an invaluable difference to a variety of students in a variety of different roles.