The Union Awards are an opportunity for us to celebrate all of our Societies, volunteers, fundraisers, and student representatives at the Students’ Union.
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!
Course Rep of the Year
Sophie Monks – Sports Therapy
The recipient of this year’s award has been committed to and engaged in their role since the get go. They were nominated by their School Rep for Course Rep of the Month and won for going above and beyond in their role. They always ensure other students understand how their feedback can influence and change their own student experience, acting as a champion of student voice.
School Rep of the Year
Kelly Chamberlain (Education) and Luke Ford (Sport and Exercise Science)
These two School Reps have been dedicated to their roles from the offset. One of our winners developed a student survey on course costs, allowing the SU to gain a better picture of student experiences in this area. Our other winner has helped to develop the handover document for School Reps, helping make it a smoother process for incoming School Reps to hit the ground running. Both have been committed, professional, and enthusiastic in their roles, and have been an absolute pleasure to work with.
Community Volunteer of the Year
This individual has logged an impressive 309 volunteering hours so far this year, and has contributed to a number of different organisations within the local community. This includes volunteering with the cadets, sports coaching, being a School Rep, and more recently providing a helping hand to those in need during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Part Time Officer of the Year
Samuel Kyei – International Students’ Officer
Throughout the year, they have collaborated with the SU, the University, and students to host successful events, including a Christmas Catch-Up and trip to Oxford. They have worked with other SU Officers to promote these events through their networks of students, gathering feedback, and willing to learn how each can be improved on the last. This Officer has worked hard and dedicated their time to not only represent international students, but also to bring them closer together, forming friendships, and a closer community.
Most Charitable Society
The winners of this year’s award have held a variety of RAG fundraising events this year, collaborating with a range of different societies, most notably for their Open Mic Nights. Not only have they provided endless nights of entertainment in The Hangar for both their members and the wider student population, but they have also raised lots of money for charity in the process.
New Society of the Year
This award has been voted for by students. Since forming, this society has ensured that they remain active and engaged with their members, the Students’ Union, and other Societies and Club to hold a range of events and activities.
Committee Member of the Year
Phil Morgan – Marvel & DC
This individual has played a key part in creating a whole host of events this year for the Marvel & DC Society. They know the importance of engaging with their members and other committees, always keen to collaborate on diverse and exiting ideas and events. They have been extremely committed in their role as Chair, much to the benefit of their society, which become the first ever to achieve 'Gold' in the #TeamWorc points.
Committee of the Year
The recipients of this year's awards have worked incredibly well as a committee, organising a range of different events for their members and working closely with other societies as well. Due to the committee's hard work, the society has gone from strength to strength and has achieved silver status in this year’s #TeamWorc standings.
Society Event of the Year
Geek Week – Marvel & DC
The winner of this year's award brought together all of the SU's 'geeky' societies in an array of different events throughout the week, including film nights, poker tournaments, a 24 hour gaming livestream, and a Pokemon Sword tournament (to name a few!) One particular society, however, played a key part in its organisation, ensuring that the whole week ran smoothly and successfully.
Society Promoter of the Year
Loco Show Co.
The recipients of this year's award have particularly stood out with their social media presence throughout the year. They are always finding fun and unique ways to market themselves within the University community, as well as promote the activities of the Union.
Student Staff Member of the Year
Kaz Batko – Bar Assistant
The SU operates a ‘Student Staff of the Month’ Award, whereby any member of core Union staff can nominate student staff for their great work and contributions. Each month a winner was chosen from the nominations by an independent panel and given a small prize. All those who made this year's shortlist have won Student Staff of the Month at some point throughout the year. The SU could not operate without its wonderful and talented student staff, and the winner of this year's award has become a highly valued and much loved member of the team.
Society of the Year
Loco Show Co.
This year's winner has faced some unusual challenges this year, in amongst the flooding and the Covid-19 outbreak, but have certainly come out the other side smiling and ready for anything else thrown their way. From writing and performing their annual pantomime, singing at the Univeristy carol concert, raising money for RAG, encouraging members to get involved with their SU and becoming one of the first societies to acheive 'Gold' in the #TeamWorc points, this society is always ensuring their diverse members get the most fulfilled University experience they possibly can.
Special Recognition Award
The Special Recognition Award for an individual that has had a huge impact on the Students' Union and our students throughout their time at Worcester. James has been involved with the SU from his first day on campus, first as an active society member, then moving on to take the role of Chair of their society, a Part Time Officer role, and also represented students as a Course Rep and a School Rep. Over the last three years it has been a pleasure for the SU staff to see James grow in confidence and ability and it would be hard to think of a student who has had more of an impact on the Union than this individual. They have championed the rights of LGBTQ+ students within the University, the local community, and as a two-time delegate to the NUS LGBT Conference at the national level. In their PTO role they expanded the impact of LGBTQ+ History month and as a School Rep they were instrumental in the planning of our first Change Week back in February 2019. In their final year they ran to be SU President, and even though they did not win, we are sure that their achievements here at Worcester will be remembered for many years to come.