Due to the coronavirus pandemic we were no longer able to celebrate and hand out the awards in person
As your Students' Union we felt that it was still important to recognise the amazing achievements and hard work of those members of staff and student representatives who go above and beyond. With that in mind we changed the way the SSTAR Awards were delivered this year.
This year we received 241 nominations for those staff members, Part-Time Officers, School Reps and Course Reps you feel have gone above and beyond and made a real difference to the lives and experience of students.
Due to social distancing restrictions we conducted the long and shortlisting panels virtually. The panels were made up of your Sabbatical Officer team, UPSU staff and students. During each panel session the panel members read through, considered and discussed the submitted nominations and judged based on the award criteria.
This year we had planned to take a different approach to presenting the winners with their awards. In previous years we have held an awards ceremony whereas this year our aim was to present the awards within the communities that they make a real difference. Due to the current climate this was more challenging but the winners were notified that they'd won virtually and presented with their award in front of their peers, their colleagues and the students who nominated them. To ensure that they get the recognition they deserve, you can also read more information about each winner above and check out a clip of them receiving their award in the links above.
Keep an eye on our website and our social media channels to find out who you've awarded this year.
First things first; the SSTAR awards stands for Student Staff Teaching And Representation Awards. It’s a chance to say thank you to someone who has made a difference to your time at uni. Whether that’s an inspiring lecturer, a caring personal tutor, an active course rep, an individual who champions for equality and diversity or someone you just want to say a big thank you to.
Why is it important?
These awards are incredibly powerful, whether your nominee wins or not, your words can mean so much to that person. Because knowing you have made a difference for at least one person can really mean the world.