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Societies Awards: (Click to expand)

Society of the Year

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

This award is to recognise a society who has gone above and beyond to create a positive community for their members by running successful events and/or activities and engaging with ARU Students' Union and the wider university.

Consider these points when nominating a society for this award:

• Have they engaged their members in frequent and varied activities and events?

• Have they successfully collaborated with other societies or departments within ARU SU?

• Have they shown commitment to develop the society and make it sustainable?

• Have they made a positive contribution to their members’ overall university experience?

 

Society Person of the Year

1 award, across the campuses. Students and staff nominate and a panel decides. NB: Society Honours will be awarded to a runner-up from each campus.

This award is to recognise an individual who has been a shining star within one or more societies, from promoting membership and events to being a voice for societies within ARU Students' Union.

Consider these points when nominating an individual for this award:

• Do they go above and beyond in their role to support one or more societies?

• Do they act as a champion for society activity on campus?

• Do they work hard to encourage members and non-members to get involved with society and wider ARU Students' Union activity?

 

Most Improved Society

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

This award is to recognise a society which has improved considerably over the course of the academic year. The committee will have worked hard to make their society stand out at ARU.

Consider these points when nominating a society for this award:

• Have they increased engagement and membership within their society?

• Have they developed their society’s presence online and on campus?

• Have they run a number of successful events and activities for their members?

• Have they shown dedication to furthering the development and sustainability of their society?

 

Best New Society

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

This award is to recognise a society that has been set up this academic year and has already become a successful and vibrant society, getting students engaged, delivering activities, and making students proud to be a part of the ARU community.

Consider these points when nominating a society for this award:

• Have they set up within this academic year and attracted at least 15 members?

• Have they run a number of successful events and activities for their members?

• Have they actively engaged with ARU Students' Union and its activities?

• Have they shown commitment to develop the society even further?

 

Volunteering Awards: (Click to expand)

Volunteer of the Year

1 award, across the campuses. Students, staff and Community Organisations nominate and a panel decides. NB: Volunteering Honours will be awarded to a runner-up from each campus.

Whether it is someone who has devoted their time to volunteering, someone who has helped the local community, someone who has cared for others, or just someone who is uplifting and makes a difference to the lives of others. This award is for an individual who, quite simply, has gone above and beyond.

Consider these points when nominating an individual for this award:

• Have they demonstrated a high level of commitment and dedication to their volunteering role(s)?

• Are they reliable? Have they worked hard to fulfil their role to the best of their ability?

• Have they excelled in their chosen role(s) and made a positive impact in their organisation(s) as a result?

 

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 that has made a significant difference and had a direct and sizeable impact on its community.

Consider these points when nominating a project for this award:

• Is the project student-led? Has it benefited others either on or off campus?

• Has it developed to increase engagement or further its sustainability?

• Has it increased awareness and visibility of its cause amongst students?

 

Fundraiser of the Year

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

This award is to recognise an individual or group who work hard to to raise funds for a great cause. They will have an inspirational story to tell and will have made a difference to others through their creative and tireless fundraising efforts.

Consider these points when nominating an individual or group for this award:

• Have they raised funds for their chosen charity either through a large scale event or several small activities?

• Have they increased awareness of their chosencharity on campus?

• Have they shown dedication to making an impact to their chosen charity?

 

Democracy and Representation Awards: (Click to expand)

Rep of the Year

1 award, across the campuses. Students and staff nominate and a panel decides. NB: Rep Honours will be awarded to a runner-up from each campus.

This award is to celebrate someone who has gone above and beyond in their duties as a Rep. 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.

Consider these points when nominating an individual or group for this award:

• Are they committed, approachable and effective?

• Do they work towards creating change for their peers?

• Do they work in partnership with ARU?

 

Campaigner of the Year

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

One person has the ability to have a great impact on the world around them. This award is to recognise a student who is passionate about their cause and a visible campaigner for political, environmental, or University change.

Consider these points when nominating an individual for this award:

• What did this person achieve through campaigning or activism?

• How was the campaign delivered and what made it successful?

• Did they successfully raise awareness about an issue or chosen cause, and did they get student engagement for this issue/cause?

• What change or changes have been made due to this student actively campaigning?

 

Education Impact Award

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

This award is to recognise an individual who – through their role* – has made a significant impact on the educational experience at Anglia Ruskin. The winner will have had a real influence on their course, department, faculty or the University They may have worked closely others in order to implement changes that make a difference.

Consider these points when nominating an individual for this award:

• How do they work to involve students in the review and improvement of services and/or education at ARU?

• What changes have been made in the institution as a result of their work?

• What positive impacts have been made for students as a result of their work?

 
*Education Reps are Course, Faculty and Postgraduate Research Reps.

Union Awards: (Click to expand)

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 SU?

• 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. SU staff nominate and Officer Team decides. NB: Union Honours will be awarded to a runner-up from each campus.

This award is to recognise an amazing individual who could easily win more than one SU award. They 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 student experience on campus.

Consider these points when nominating an individual for this award:

• Have they actively worked to improve your university experience?

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

• Have they encouraged other students to get involved and engage with ARU Students' Union?

 
 

Environment Award

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

This award is to recognise a group or individual who is a champion for green living, and who has, through improving the sustainability of ARU/ARU SU, made a wider positive impact on the earth.

Consider these points when nominating an individual for this award:

• Do they actively work to be green, eco-friendly and/or sustainable in their day to day life or activities?

• Do they engage with Students' Union and University initiatives to be green?

 

Inclusivity Award

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

This award is for an individual or group of students who are inclusive of all students, from anticipating accessibility needs to ensuring that students get engaged, feel represented and are heard. Being inclusive is about making sure students from all backgrounds feel welcome and valued.

When nominating someone/a group for this award, consider:

• Do they work to fully engage with a diverse range of students at ARU?

• Do they go above and beyond to widen participation and promote inclusion?

• Do they champion accessibility?

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