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Celebrate Success Awards: winners!

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The Celebrate Success Awards took place on Thursday 2rd May in the Students’ Union in celebration of students who have taken on vital roles within the committees of student groups, and have gone above and beyond in their individual roles for their members or the wider community. 



The awards ceremony was a chance to show recognition and appreciation of those nominated for their hard work and determination within their student group across this academic year. Students were awarded certificates, including winners and those highly commended in the category, as well as Celebrate Success merchandise, and complimentary food was enjoyed by all. 

The atmosphere by staff and students was incredible, with all those in attendance rejoicing in the success of others and highlighting our exceptionally encouraging and supportive student community here at the University of Plymouth Students' Union.


The categories were: 

  • Best Newcomer
  • Chair of the Year
  • Secretary of the Year
  • Star of the Year
  • Treasurer of the Year
  • Non-Core Committee Role of the Year
  • Student-Led Volunteer Award 
  • Most Improved Society Award




Best Newcomer

This award is given to a new student group that has been approved at the forum this academic year (2024/2024). A group that has done extremely well in gaining members and has put on plenty of activities for their members to enjoy.

Society Winner: Taylor Swift Society

Highly Commended: CompSoc



Chair of the Year

This award goes to a chair/president of a student group who has gone above and beyond in their committee role.

Society Winner: Ellesha Hatch (SwitchUp)

Sports Club Winner: Rebecca Cartwright (Swimming, Synchro and Water Polo)

Highly Commended: Lauren Dennis (Make A Smile) and Eloise White (Ladies Hockey)



Secretary of the Year

This award goes to a Secretary of a student group who has gone above and beyond in their committee role.

Society Winner: Hyacinth Obrien (Musical Theatre Group)

Sports Club Winner: Megan Letchford (Netball)



Star of the Year

This award goes to a member of a student group who has really gone above and beyond in their role in their group.

Society Winners: Zoe Sayers (SLV Special Olympics) and Rosie-Jane Widdowson (MedSoc)

Sports Club Winners: James Standsbury (Lacrosse) and Joseph McLachlan (Swimming, Synchro, and Water Polo)




Treasurer of the Year

This award goes to a Treasurer of a student group who has gone above and beyond in their role this academic year.


Society Winner: Johnathan Raggett (Shipping Society)

Sports Club Winner: Danielle Pearce (Ladies Hockey)

Highly Commended: Zhelan Mustafa (Student Action for Refugees)



Non-Core Committee Role of the Year

This award goes to a non-core committee member of a student group who has made a real impact and is appreciated by other members.


Society Winner: Edward Dadson (SwitchUp)

Sports Club Winner: Kira Tunnicliffe (Cheerleading)

Highly Commeded: Clara Barnes (Netball) and Jack Slator (Swimming, Synchro, and Water Polo)



SLV Volunteer Award

This Award goes to an SLV project leader or volunteer who has a real passion for volunteering, has attended multiple SLV trips, and has really made an impact to the SLV programme.


Society Winner: Archie Tindal (SLV Special Olympics)

Highly Commended: Zoe Sayers (SLV Special Olympics)


Volunteer of the Year Winner: Emma Hornsby (Pole Dance)



Most Improved Award

This award goes to a student group who has really improved what they are able to offer to their members. This can be awarded to societies and sports clubs who have recently adopted a student group or have picked up a student group which has not been very active in previous years and has really made a change.


Society Winner: SwitchUP

Sports Club Winner: Stand UP Paddle Boarding



A huge congratulations to all our Celebrate Success winners, highly commended and to those nominated, you should be proud of your achievements this year!


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