Key Dates

Nomination period open: Wednesday 7th Feb - 9am

Nomination period close: Wednesday 7th March – Midnight

Awards night: Friday 11th May - New Continental Hotel

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Each year UPSU hold the Society and Activity Awards. These awards celebrate all of the success, determination and achievements individuals and societies have made in the last academic year. Students can be nominated for consideration by any student or member of UPSU staff.

Individual or Society awards shall be given based on specific criteria; however, the following considerations should be taken into account with all awards including colours:

Outstanding Dedication

Where an individual/Society will receive recognition for outstanding dedication to their society. E.g. Innovative ideas, or staging a successful event.

Volunteering and Community Involvement

Involvement with the UPSU Volunteering Department, SLV or RAG to assist with their events. Organising separate voluntary events in the community specific to each Society.

Fund Raising

Raising funds for continued Society development, or for charity.

Positive Publicity / Raising Awareness

Raising awareness of your Society in a positive way which reflects well not only on your Society but also on the Students’ Union.

Awards
Half Colours
Awarded to students for their dedication, contribution and involvement within a society.

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  • Awarded to students for their continual dedication, contribution and involvement with a Society at UPSU. This could include an individual committee position or an active member this academic year
  • Having held a committee position but done over and above what was required of the post.
  • A Society member who has made huge contribution to the Society by way of driving, innovating, event organising, instructing, fundraising, inputting skills etc.
  • Each Society is limited to nominate 6 individuals for half and full colours.
Full Colours
Only awarded to students who already hold half colours. Awarded to students who have shown continued outstanding dedication or have made an exceptional contribution to their society and commitment to the student’s union.

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  • Will be awarded to students who have shown continued dedication and have made an exceptional contribution to their society. They have demonstrated this commitment to their society, student members and the student’s union throughout their time at university.
  • Each Society is limited to nominate 6 individuals for half and full colours.
Outstanding Contribution to Societies
This will be awarded based on an individual who has consistently shown outstanding contributions to UPSU societies throughout their time at Plymouth University.

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  • Shows great dedication, time, effort and passion to one or more societies
  • Ongoing commitment to societies over their time at UPSU
  • Someone who has set up a new, successful and proactive society
  • Someone who is supportive, inclusive, has a positive attitude and inspires others to get involved in UPSU societies.
  • Takes part in other volunteering, committees, UPSU events, fundraising activities etc.
Community Contribution Award
Based on involvement and having an impact within the community. This could be awarded to an individual or society.

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  • Volunteering
  • Engaging in the local community
  • Teaching in the local community
  • Holding charitable events
  • Supporting a local organisation or charity
Most Improved Society
This award is given to a society who has demonstrated significant improvements for members and society performance and engagement.

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  • Hard work in enhancing the society
  • Boosting engagement
  • Professional attitude/ running of Society during the year
  • Introduction of new activities/events
  • Innovative ideas for Society growth
Societies person of the Year
This award goes to an individual who has shown an impressive commitment to their society and demonstrates enthusiasm, passion and contribution to their society throughout this academic year.

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  • Someone who has taken a lead within a committee/led their own project/shown leadership during activities in this academic year
  • An individual with a positive, supportive and enthusiastic attitude
  • Huge commitment and passion
  • Supportive and reliable, although does not have to be in the forefront of projects. An individual who may have helped others succeed and is a valued member of the society.
Society of the Year
Awarded to a society who has demonstrated team work, professionalism, outstanding achievements, variety of opportunities for members and large amounts of engagement with UPSU and other societies.

Outstanding Achievement – Where possible the Society will receive recognition for outstanding achievements in their field, e.g. staging a successful event, project or campaign

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  • Professional attitude/ running of Society during the year
  • Great range of opportunities offered to students, and benefits to those involved
  • Large engagement with UPSU and other societies
  • Constantly seeking feedback from members and implementing changes and frequently developing the society
Best Newcomer
This award can only be given to a Society formed within the current academic year.

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  • Demonstrates how the Society meets the needs of students
  • Impact of Society so far
  • Opportunities and benefits for students
  • Opportunity for Society development next year as well as sustainability of Society
Best Project
This award is based on a project which has run this academic year within your Society or the wider community. It could be an ongoing project throughout the year or a one off project.

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  • A project which meets the needs of its members and/or the community.
  • Impact of project
  • Opportunity for development of project next year
  • Volunteering opportunities provided, if appropriate
  • Examples could include a series of charitable events, a series of activities, a project leading to achieving a Society’s aims etc.
Society Charity Champion
This award will be awarded to a society that has made the most significant contribution to a particular charity or charities over the year.

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  • This will be awarded to a society who has raised money for a charity over this academic year
  • Awareness and raising the profile of a charity in innovative ways, e.g. events, campus activity
  • Societies should log fundraising amounts with Katie Quick - UPSU Fundraising Coordinator
Outstanding One Off Event
This award is aimed at any outstanding event a society has had throughout this academic year.

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  • Success of event
  • Awareness raised- within student population and externally
  • Number of people attending
  • Money raised for charity- if applicable
  • Positive publicity- this includes any media coverage of the event
  • Attitudinal changes – how the event has had an effect on those taking part/attending
SU Media Champion
This will be awarded to a student who has shown incredible commitment, outstanding dedication and true passion for media throughout this academic year.

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  • Shown enthusiasm in providing media within the student community
  • Contributed unique and interesting material
  • Supported SU:Media committee and/or members
  • Has been involved in a variety of different SU:Media projects
  • Has embraced the three different SU:Media outlets (radio, tv and print)
Give it a Go (GIAG) Champion
This award will be awarded to a society or member of a society that has most the most significant contribution to the GIAG programme over the year. It could be an ongoing session throughout the year or a one off event.

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  • A project which meets the needs of its members and/or other students
  • Impact of session, could be based on individual Society aims
  • Opportunity for development or continuation next year
  • Numbers of people engaged
DofE Champion
This award is based on a student who has taken part and actively been involved in a DofE Award. The student has shown dedication and commitment throughout the year and has embraced all aspects of the award.

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  • Positive Publicity
  • Initiative and variety for sections
  • Supported other participants
President/Chair of the year
This award is aimed at an outstanding individual who has carried out and made a significant impact to the role throughout the year.

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  • Hard worker, inspiring leader and a good delegator
  • Great communicator to members and committee
  • Professional and a great representative for the society throughout the year
  • Carried out more than is expected from the role throughout the year
Treasurer of the year
This award is aimed at an outstanding individual who has carried out and made a significant impact to the role throughout the year.

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  • Manages the accounts and ensures all money is paid promptly
  • Records are kept and regularly informs other committee members of society expenditure
  • Assist with sourcing external funding
  • Carried out more than is expected from the role throughout the year
Secretary of the year
This award is aimed at an outstanding individual who has carried out and made a significant impact to the role throughout the year.

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  • Excellent administration skills
  • Great communicator to members and committee
  • Professional and a great representative for the society throughout the year
  • Take notes and keep records of all meetings
  • Carried out more than is expected from the role throughout the year
Safety Officer of the year
This award is aimed at an outstanding individual who has carried out and made a significant impact to the role throughout the year.

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  • Manages and minimises any risk to the members
  • Submits all relevant paperwork promptly throughout the year
  • Regularly informs committee and members of safety procedures and attempts to incorporate safety into all activities
  • Carries out more than is expected from the role throughout the year
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"...... This person has gone above and beyond this year to help the society. The effort he/she puts in is great and very helpful. "

Good

"….. This committee member has made an outstanding contribution to 2 societies over the last 4 years. He has previously held the position of treasurer for both societies. He is enthusiastic, and has an impeccable attendance record. He drives and motivates all members of the society, he has also proved extremely accommodating in allowing use of his car for the transport of equipment, often refusing any recompense for fuel or time. He has attended many of the activities hosted by the societies, thus helping to raise a large amount of money for a number of charities. His willingness to help at events and to assist the current committee has made him not only a genuinely considerate person, but a true asset to the societies at the University. He is in his final year so we (the society Committee) believe that his enthusiasm, dedication and support should go unrecognised. He goes above and beyond to make sure the society is organised, especially since this year the society has largely broadened its repertoire. He always arrives early to help set up for training and events and he always offers to help in any way he can. Because he has been with the society for so long he has lots of experience and knowledge of how the society operates and has been run in the past so he was a great help to me and many other members of the committee when it came to asking advice. Both myself, and many other members feel it is about time his efforts were recognised."

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