The SU Awards

The annual SU Awards is our favourite night of the year, giving us a chance to celebrate all of the fantastic ways our members have worked hard to improve the student experience for themselves and others.
SU Awards 2021

The SU Awards are all about recognising the accomplishments of exceptional students from the University of Exeter Cornwall Campuses and Falmouth University.

These awards are our chance to show our appreciation of the proactive and hardworking students who do so many incredible things beyond their studies. These are the people who go the extra mile to help shape the future for themselves, the SU and the Universities.

2021 winners

We were so pleased to be able to present our winners with their trophies at an in-person event this year.

Innovation in Representation

This award is for a Rep who has introduced a new and different way of representing their course mates.

An innovative Rep may:

  • Have responded to representation during the pandemic in an interesting and effective way; or
  • Have developed a unique solution to a problem; or
  • Implemented an exciting new idea to increase student engagement across their course.

Whatever they have done, they will have achieved it through using creative thinking, new ideas, or a fresh perspective.

Shortlisted nominees:
  • Charlotte Cree & Lauryn Howard
  • Lauren Taylor & Genevieve Midworth
  • Law Reps & Chair
  • Leela Channer

And the winner is...

Charlotte Cree & Lauryn Howard and Law Reps & Chair

"Because of the online nature of the course this year, a lot of our cohort were feeling very disconnected so we made 'Thinking Out Loud' drop in sessions as a fun way to get to know everyone a little better, including our lecturers! … it’s been a great way for us to collect feedback from the cohort informally while helping with people feeling disconnected."

"They began the year at a disadvantage as there was an internal image problem where students didn’t feel like reps were ‘on their side’ or there to support them. In response to this, the reps made a plan and have proactively changed the image of representation within their cohort for the better. They established an Instagram page to better connect with the cohort… They also began a recurring weekly social event every Thursday. The law course is new so all of this activity has built a very positive base for representation within Law and will increase engagement with representation."

Teamwork in Representation

Teamwork is at the heart of what student representation aims to achieve. Groups of Student Reps and staff members are eligible for this award, which aims to recognise the achievements that can be made by working together.

The winners of this award will have:

  • Worked closely together on an issue and will have communicated constructively whilst sharing experience and knowledge to reach a common goal.
Shortlisted nominees:
  • Becky Thomas & Georgi Roberts
  • CGES SSLC Reps
  • SOFT Course Reps

And the winner is...

CGES SSLC Reps

Teamwork in Representation winner

“They have done an excellent job this year communicating with our students to find out what their needs are, and have responded by delivering a suite of Community Events for each year group involving online quizzes, film nights, campus educational walks in small groups (foraging, history walks, dog therapy co-designed with our teaching staff) and surveys to help first years to meet each other and identify potential housemates for year two.”

SU Part-Time Officer of the Year

This award is for an SU Part-Time Officer who has shown commitment to democracy and increasing the voice of the student membership they represent.

The Officer will have:

  • Been part of either the SU Student Council, the SU Green Committee, or the SU Liberation Committee
  • Been dedicated to their Committee or the SU Council through being proactively engaged
  • Ensured the student voice is heard by seeking out views of the students they represent
  • Brought innovative ideas to the Council or Committee
  • Worked with other Officers and students to campaign for a better student experience or to raise the profile of specific student group or community.
Shortlisted nominees:
  • Gas Williams
  • Jack Wilkins
  • Maariyah Najeeb

And the winner is...

Maariyah Najeeb

Part-Time Officer of the Year winner

“Marz has been amazing this year, representing not only PGT students but PGR students (even though she didn’t know much about this area before starting). She has spent LOTS of time in meetings representing the PG community, taken time to really understand what PGR students need, been an excellent chair of the PGR Executive (despite not being a PGR student herself), has supported the No Detriment Policy campaign, and has helped to develop understanding in the SU of how we can better support PG students.”

Falmouth Course Rep of the Year

This award recognises a Falmouth SU Representative who has contributed to academic improvements by working in partnership with the University and SU.

This should be evidenced through:

  • Proactive attendance at university/SU meetings (SSLG/department forum/UGM etc)
  • Innovative work to increase student engagement with academic representation activity
  • Partnership work with their academic course staff, Department Rep/Subject Chair, or fellow Course Reps
  • Effecting change that has a positive and tangible impact on the academic experience of their peers.
Shortlisted nominees:
  • Ben Chalmers
  • Eva Jiggins
  • Jools Baker
  • Maxine Denton

And the winner is...

Ben Chalmers

“The student rep who worked harder than anyone I have known to keep the cohort together through the lockdown, to communicate with tutors and students when the course was short of staff. It was thanks to him that students were kept happy and taken care of. Ben has put a lot of energy into gathering weekly feedback from the cohort, communicating with the course leader and the technical team to sort out issues right away, and his high resilient attitude became the delightful spirit that carried a lot of MA students on the course through the lockdown crisis. His positive attitude held the course together and felt like a blessing to the Course Leader too.”

Exeter Course Rep of the Year

This award recognises an Exeter SU Representative who has contributed to academic improvements by working in partnership with the University and SU.

This should be evidenced through:

  • Proactive attendance at university/SU meetings (SSLCs/SCWG/UGM etc)
  • Innovative work to increase student engagement with academic representation activity
  • Partnership work with their academic course staff, Subject Chair, or fellow Course Reps
  • Effecting change that has a positive and tangible impact on the academic experience of their peers.
Shortlisted nominees:
  • Elizabeth Chandler
  • Hannah Lightley
  • Shannon Merkle

And the winner is...

Elizabeth Chandler

“[Elizabeth has created] innovative work to increase student engagement with academic representation activity, [acting as a] core member of [the] “bring the noise team”, working with academic staff to improve diversity of the readings, [and] effecting change that has a positive and tangible impact on the academic experience of their peers. [She has had a] tangible impact, providing resources and study groups organisers, study tips and also being an ear to listen to the problems students have had.”

Falmouth Department Rep of the Year

This award recognises a Department Rep (or pair of Department Reps) who has contributed to academic improvements by working in partnership with the University and SU. This should be evidenced through:

  • Proactive attendance at university and SU meetings (SSLGs, Department Committee, Department Forums)
  • Innovative work to increase engagement with academic representation activity at a departmental level
  • Partnership work with Course Reps, SU President and Course Leaders, as well as Departmental Directors
  • Effecting change that has a positive and tangible impact on the academic experience of their peers across the Department.

And the winner is...

Ellie Hartong & Gee Saunders

Falmouth Department Rep winner

“These girls have worked together to ensure they have been in attendance at EVERY university and SU meeting. They have created group chats with their reps to ensure that they managed them well, meaning that that their increased engagement with academic representation activity at a departmental level was accurate. Their partnership work with Course Reps, SU President, and Course Leaders, as well as Departmental Directors, has been proactive throughout fighting for student justice this year. [They made sure] they had a voice at every meeting and ran a brilliantly organised petition, which gained mass engagement for student fee justice and access to facilities, that the SU President was able to use to lobby the government.”

Exeter Subject Chair of the Year

This award recognises a Subject Chair (or pair of Co-chairs) who has contributed to academic improvements by working in partnership with the University and SU.

This should be evidenced through:

  • Proactive attendance at university/SU meetings (SSLC, Student Partnership Board, Subject Chair Working Group)
  • Innovative work to increase student engagement with academic representation activity at a subject level
  • Partnership work with their Course Reps, SU President and Education Officers, or Director of Education
  • Effecting change that has a positive and tangible impact on the academic experience of their peers.
Shortlisted nominees:
  • Adam Wrigley & Jinkai Chan
  • Becky Thomas & Georgi Roberts
  • Megan Kidner
  • Shannon Merkle

And the winner is...

Shannon Merkle

Exeter Subject Chair winner

“Shannon is an extremely impressive subject chair and has excelled in the role since day one. She is extremely calm and professional and does an outstanding job of chairing SSLC meetings. She is quick to respond to issue brought up by the MSc cohort, not only by bringing them to the attention of staff, but also in offering solutions. I feel very lucky that we have a subject chair as good us Shannon to help us navigate the uncertainties this year.”

Dedication to Student Voice

Do you know a Student Rep who is particularly dedicated to representing their fellow students?

The winner of this award will:

  • Be highly committed to their role and to finding solutions to problems they raise
  • Engage with relevant meetings and maintain contact with their peers, academic staff, and The Students' Union
  • Go above and beyond their role and duties as a Rep
Shortlisted nominees:
  • Emilia Dyer
  • Hayley Davies
  • Jack Wilkins

And the winner is...

Jack Wilkins

Dedication to Student Voice winner

“Jack is incredibly committed to representing the student voice and improving student experience. He represents the student voice at every level of representation as well as in other projects such as his involvement with Surf Radio, Voices and as President of the History Society. As undergraduate education officer, Jack has worked closely with the President Exeter on a number of her projects, provided invaluable insight on student council and been a failsafe student representative for the Presidents to call on for meetings and working groups. Furthermore, he also represented the views of students on mitigation, attending several meetings to fight for protections for students, protecting students' grades throughout this difficult year. In addition to this, he has also ensured that the university committed to spending the money from strike action on students, helping to formulate the idea that graduation robes would be provided free of charge to all graduates this year.”

Fundraising Award

Open to any individual or group who has displayed excellence in fundraising. This can be through:

  • Great enthusiasm and ability to motivate others to get involved
  • Significant individual endeavour in fundraising
  • Evidence of fundraising totals
  • Unique and inventive fundraising methods
  • Responded to the pandemic positively and with innovation
  • Inspires others and leads by example
  • Inclusive events open to a wide range of students

And the winner is...

RAD (Raise & Donate Society)

Fundraising Award winner

“With all of their usual fundraising events cancelled or postponed, this was never going to be RAD’s best year, but their fab committee, led by KC, has embraced the unexpected with a whole host of online events, such as their sustainable clothing challenge, so that they could continue to support their chosen charities. When they were able to in the Autumn, they did a couple of brilliant in-person events, such as cocktail making in the Stannary and a scaled back version of the ever popular Presidents’ Big Quiz, which sold out.”

Green Award

Open to any individual or group who has displayed significant passion and drive for campus or community sustainability efforts. This can be demonstrated by:

  • Significant group or individual endeavour in sustainability projects
  • Great enthusiasm and ability to motivate others to get involved
  • Original and inventive ideas to engage students in sustainability actions
  • Inspires others and leads by example
  • Inclusive sustainability events open to a wide range of students
  • Responded to the pandemic positively and with innovation
  • Raises awareness and educates others in sustainability
Shortlisted nominees:
  • Amy Bray
  • Eilish Calnan
  • Rosie Shaw-Moore

And the winner is...

Amy Bray

Green Award winner

“Amy has run her own conservation charity, Another Way, in addition to managing her studies this year. Led by Amy, Another Way has planted over 12,000 trees, established two zero waste shops, and delivered speeches to thousands of people. One of Amy's most recent projects was an online seminar in which she and fellow student, Emily Stevenson, spoke about their experiences of being young, female conservationists. Amy has taken on several fellow students to complete voluntary work placements with the charity, and has had a positive influence on her friends and course-mates, inspiring many of them to make lifestyle changes to become more sustainable.”

Most Outstanding Committee Member

This award is for an outstanding committee member of a sports club or society who has demonstrated:

  • Excellent group engagement and enthusiasm, inspiring others and leading by example
  • Excellent leadership and management
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Promotion of membership and participation
  • Excellent listening and communication
  • Great enthusiasm, encouragement, and willingness to improve their group
  • A positive and innovative response to the pandemic
  • Outstanding commitment and attendance at sessions
Shortlisted nominees:
  • Emily Jones (Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine Society)
  • Georgina Melia & Ceri Jones (English Society)
  • Jonathan Poprawski (Conservative Society)

And the winner is...

Emily Jones

Outstanding Committee Member winner

“Emily has shown incredible leadership skills in the society's first year. She engages all of her committee members in working together to produce a variety of high-quality events. She takes initiative in recruiting expert speakers to get involved with the society and promoting member participation in these events. She is an excellent team player and shows boundless enthusiasm for PHEM and educating the community on lifesaving skills, such as through Restart a Heart.”

Sports Club of the Year

This award is for an outstanding sports club who have gone above and beyond to provide an excellent experience to their members. A nomination for this award should consider:

  • Demonstrations of the club’s achievements, in line with constitutional aims and objectives
  • Club organisation
  • Provision of high quality events, competitions and activities, and how these have adapted to the conditions of the pandemic
  • Positive engagement with The SU and involvement in campaigns and intiatives
  • Membership numbers and member satisfaction
  • Going above and beyond for a positive and innovative response to the pandemic
Shortlisted nominees:
  • Fusion Cheerleading
  • Hip Hop
  • Jazz & Lyrical

And the winner is...

Fushion Cheerleading

Sports Club of the Year winner

“Cheerleading is naturally a contact sport, so it was a challenge to adapt to the conditions of the pandemic. However, unlike other sports clubs, cheerleading training has continued over both lockdowns this year, with dedicated committee members delivering virtual training via Zoom twice a week, every week. There have been several virtual challenges to keep athletes engaged with the club, including a Bake Off. There have also been online socials. As soon as it was safe to do so, the committee organised a return to training, … [so] they could to allow them members to have the full experience… This was through holding five sessions a week to ensure that all current and new members could have the chance to experience the society!”

Society of the Year

This award is for an outstanding society who have gone above and beyond to provide an excellent experience to their members. A nomination for this award should consider:

  • Demonstrations of the society’s achievements in line with constitutional aims and objectives
  • Society organisation
  • Provision of high quality events, competitions and activities, and how these have adapted to the conditions of the pandemic
  • Positive engagement with The SU and involvement in campaigns and intiatives
  • Membership numbers and member satisfaction
  • Going above and beyond for a positive and innovative response to the pandemic
Shortlisted nominees:
  • EcoSoc
  • English Society
  • SURF Radio

And the winner is...

SURF Radio

Society of the Year winner

“Improving a small society that very nearly collapsed last year has been a huge challenge. A total transformation has taken place and in only one year the student radio station has become one of the strongest societies on campus and has proved itself to be very adaptable to changing circumstances and capable of providing amazing events no matter the restrictions!

At the time of writing we now have twelve shows on the air and 11 in planning compared to only four regular shows the year before! Through the year we have put on several big whole society, a monthly Open Mic style programme, the “Secret Santa” radio show produced across the South West and South Wales region of Student Radio, and our Student Radio Chart Show that was broadcast across the country and in association with BBC Introducing.

Though the pandemic has forced us to change a lot of plans for this year we have still worked hard to keep Surf Radio on air and build a better station for the day we can return to in-person activity.”

Online Event of the Year

This award is for an innovative and engaging online event or project run by a club or society this year. The event should demonstrate inclusivity and be open to all members or the wider student community. This award will consider:

  • Positive feedback from participants
  • Evidence of positive impact as a result of the event/project, including on participants' wellbeing
  • Involvement of a wide range of participants from The SU community.
Shortlisted nominees:
  • Cornage (History Society, English Society, High Tea & Cocktail Society, Maths Society, SURF Radio)
  • 'In Conversation with Dr Shola Mos-Shogbaminu' (History Society)
  • Virtual Showcases (Tremough FOLLIES)

And the winner is...

'In Conversation with Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu'

Online Event of the Year winner

“In a year where racism's presence in society was starkly highlighted, Dr Shola gave a pertinent, informative and intriguing talk on Black History Month, American Civil Rights, and marginalised women for the History Society. Overall, this unparalleled Black History Month event deserves this nomination because of its positive feedback, involvement of a large section of the SU community and informative discussion of pertinent issues.”

Dedication to Student Opportunities

This award is for an individual who has made an outstanding impact on Student Opportunities as a whole, through involvement in a range of sports clubs, societies, fundraising, and volunteering. Their involvement should demonstrate:

  • Going above and beyond the call of duty
  • Inspiring others and increasing participation through their involvement
  • Inclusive practices which consider the importance of equal opportunities
Shortlisted nominees:
  • Hannah Limb (Tremough FOLLIES)
  • Jack Wilkins (SURF Radio, History Society, Voices)
  • Mia Terra St Hill

And the winner is...

Hannah Limb

Dedication to Student Opportunities winner

 

“She has showed an incredible amount of courage and love for the whole of Tremough Follies. This year hasn’t been what we expected or what she expected when she took on the Presidency, but, despite Covid, we’ve put on three digital showcases and hosted socials once a week to keep the spirit alive. She does an incredible job of making everyone feel safe welcome and she leads Follies as if it were a family. There is no one better suited to lead Follies and she is the most kind-hearted and thoughtful person I know.”

The Andy Hocking Award

This award is for an individual who has given the most hours given to community projects outside of The SU. This individual should inspire others and lead by example, actively seeking out additional opportunities to volunteer their time beyond those offered at The SU. A nomination for this award should consider:

  • Good relationships built within the community
  • Positive impact on the student body and local community through volunteering

And the winner is...

Jordan Pidwell

Andy Hocking Award winner

“During the pandemic, Jordan used his role in scouting to deliver a virtual programme to young people across Truro District Scouts who might otherwise have missed out. Because of this passion to deliver virtual scouting to young people in Truro, Jordan was asked to join the team at digital scouts - an innovative project to deliver the scouts programme to young people across the UK and the world via the internet (digitalscouts.org.uk). Jordan had a key role to play in the perception of the project, leading the social media campaigns throughout as well as working towards the accessibility of the platform. During his time in the role of district youth commissioner for Truro scouts, it was his responsibility to work with young people from across the scout district to ensure that they had a say in the activities they took part in at various levels. Because of his outstanding work in that role, Jordan was appointed as the county youth commissioner for Cornwall scouts - ensuring that the team of district youth commissioners are being as effective as possible and making sure that young people are at the heart of decision making across the county.

Outside of Scouts, Jordan plays the piano at a church in Connor Downs (near Hayle) every Sunday and gets involved with several of their fundraising campaigns - including taking part in the Samaritans purse shoebox appeal each year where Jordan takes an active role in fundraising throughout the year and helps organise the packing and sending of well over 100 boxes each November. He uses his piano playing skills every Christmas to enthuse carol concerts across the county for the scouts, local churches and even does smaller, more intimate carol sessions in a care home.

He also has completed charity runs and walks in the last twelve months and last year was part of a team who raised more than £5,000 for Children's Hospice South West as well as supporting friends in their fundraising missions - including running 10 miles one afternoon and 12 miles another afternoon the following week to support a friend raising money for Young Minds mental health.

Because of his community work, Jordan was shortlisted and chosen to represent the UK scouts as part of the UK contingent at the world scout moot in 2022, an event where over 5,000 18-25 year olds from around the globe meet to collaborate and unify for a want to make the world a better place, mainly championing equality and sustainability.”

 

The Daniel Palmer Award

The Daniel Palmer Award is named in memory of a former student who supported and made a positive impact on the SU in many ways.

This ‘winner of winners’ was selected from the nominees in all categories for the most outstanding contribution to the student experience.

And the winner is... Jordan Pidwell

Daniel Palmer Award winner

Runner-up: Jack Wilkins

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