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Society and Student Volunteer Awards

Our Society and Student Volunteer Awards is our annual celebration of the vast and fantastic volunteering that our students do to make UEA wonderful.

Each year we have thousands of students leading their societies, running events, helping others and much more. Although one night isn’t enough to recognise all the hard work our students do, our awards night celebrates the breadth of our student volunteer community and impact their work has.

Our awards are divided into 3 categories which highlight the different areas of our student activity. These include societies, community volunteering, and awards focussed on individuals who have gone above and beyond in a specific area. So, if you know a student group or individual that has made your student experience at UEA great, then please nominate them so they can be recognised!

However, if you’re thinking 'I’ve done some great work but I’m going to stay humble' - wait - you can nominate yourself too! It’s a great way to be recognised for your work and we can highlight the amazing contribution you have made.

Congratulations to our winners!

We wanted to say thank you to all who attended the awards on Thursday 19th May - you really didn't make it easy to decide this year with all your amazing work!

Between our inspirational nominees and winners, the unforgettable hosting double act of Lizzie and Aaron, memorable performances from Music Society and, of course, free food, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and sincerely hope that each and every attendee also had a great evening.

There were a lot of winners, with multiple categories having more than one, which we think stands as proof of all the hard work that our societies and volunteers put in.

Once again, congratulations to both our nominees and winners and thank you for helping to make UEA wonderful.


Awards and Categories

Select a category below to view a full list of the awards within and just some of the great work that would earn the award. We've also listed the winners of the '22 awards ceremony!

Award Description Winners '22
Outstanding Service to the Student Community This award is given to an individual who has given service above and beyond what is expected, to benefit the wider UEA student community. This could be things related to looking after students mental health, tackling lonliness, bringing students together to make friends or something related to sustainability. Patrycja Poplawska, Dolly Carter, Jude Beckett, Laura Taylor, Katie Noble, Adrian Ashby
Outstanding Contribution to Student Liberation & Diversity This award will be given to individuals that have inspired others to enagage in liberation & Diversity activities and has delivered for our students. Serene Shibli-Sexton
Outstanding Contribution to the Postgraduate Community This award will be given to an individual that has enhanced the social cohesion and experience of postgraduates at UEA. Jewel Ike-Obioha, Amy Zile
Outstanding Contribution to the Mature Student Community This award will be given to an individual that has enhanced the social cohesion and experience of mature students at UEA. Matt Cox
Outstanding Contribution to the International Student Community This award will be given to an individual that has enhanced the social cohesion and experience of International students at UEA. Miriam Hussein
Outstanding Contribution to Student with Disabilities Community This award will be given to an individual that has enhanced the social cohesion and experience of students with disabilities at UEA. Lucy Hawker
Students of Colour Ambassador of the Year This award will be given to an individual that has enhanced the social cohesion and experience of students of colour at UEA. Saja Amoah
Award Description Winners '22
Student Leader of the Year This award celebrates an individual that represents students to the highest of standards and champions the needs of students in any environment they occupy. They are a real leader who has taken ownership in something. Simran Purewal
Volunteer's of the Year Award This award will be given to individuals that have given their time to help others, no matter their role, they could be recognised. These individuals aren't in the limlight, but make things happen, they are integral to their student group or volunteer scheme and without them we're just not sure what we would do! Kailas Shibu
Society Honours Society honours will be given to individuals from societies who are recognised for being a shining star within their society. These students could be instrumental in the day to day running of the society, have helped in organising events, contributed to the society development, involved in fundraising for the club, come up with some great ideas, generally gone above and beyond or just always supportive and upbeat no matter what the challenge. Patrycja Poplawska, George Barham, Emily Kelly, Dolly Carter, Toby King, Rosemary Johns, Georgina Matuska, Serene Shibli Sexton, Tory Selwyn, Cameron Rayment, Kailas Shibu, Miriam Hussein, Liam Kerry, Becci Howard, Phoebe Tedstone, Annabel Purdy, Poppy Wakefield, Lucy Hawker, Tayla Williams, Sam Gillard, Hayden Lemmon, Aaron Upton, Tom Spillsbury, Felicity Eardley, Grace Emmett, Charlie King, Matthew Rhodes, Mariam Jallow, Alice Goldsney, Gaia Ferro, Adela Morais, Piraya Saereesithipitak, Adrian Ashby, Katie Noble, Ilona Winn, Alex Christos, Daniel Burns, Millie Coker
Buddy of the Year * This award is for the Buddy who has done the most for their assigned match and gone out of their way to support them and make them feel included. This award is voted by Buddy's for Buddy's. * Nominating for this award will be done via a separate form. Please contact our Buddy Coordinator Lee Brown for more information. Arancha Campos Torres
Outstanding Contribution to Buddy SU * An award for a buddy(su) volunteer or student leader who has made a positive and proactive impact beyond working with their assigned buddy, e.g. volunteering at an event, leading an activity. * Nominations for this award will be made by our Buddy Coordinator Lee Brown, UEA Student Services and UEA Admissions, Recruitment and Marketing. Please contact our Buddy Coordinator Lee Brown for more information. Chloe Rowland, Thuy Nguyen (Tris)
Award Description Winners '22
Society of the Year For the society that has excelled in delivering for their members and being an example for other societies to follow. Korean Society
Rising Society of the Year This award will go to a society that is on the up, engaging more students than ever through outreach and output for their members. Electronic Music Society
Best New Society For the society that has started in the last academic year and has developed the most. This could be for some fantastic events they've put on, a specific campaign, engagement activity or for how many members they've managed to gain during the year. Bio Chemistry Society
Fundraiser of the Year This award celebrates two of the best fundraising initiatives done during this academic year. This is not only defined by amount raised but also the awareness it created in the student community. SLT, Inter Professional Education
Inclusivity & Access Award The award will go to three societies who have carried project or activity that has encouraged inclusivity and provided access to those that may struggle to participate. This could be part of the liberation months, a regular project or event or another standalone event. Interprofessional Education Society, Disability peer support group
Outstanding Society Contribution to Student Liberation & Diversity This award will be given to two student groups that have engaged in liberation & Diversity activities and have delivered for our students. Womanist Society, Bloody Good Period
Best Student Led Event or Activity of the Year This award is to celebrate the most engaging Student Events or activities of the year. Pantomime Society with Lord of the Rings Panto
Best Media or Publication of the Year This award will be given to the best publication or media piece from three societies (not just from the media collective) that have challenged, inspired or captivated the student body. Concrete
Society Outreach Project of the Year This award goes to a society that has inspired young people through their project or work to consider Higher Education. Headucate
Games and Hobbies Society of the Year This award goes to the games and hobbies society of the year. This is down to interpretation of why this society should win games and hobbies society of the year but some examples include successful campaigns, events or activities, membership engagement, wider UEA campus engagement or for innovative thinking. Video Games Society
Peer Support Group of the Year This award goes to the peer support group of the year. This is down to interpretation of why this society should win peer support group of the year but some examples include successful campaigns, events or activities, membership engagement, wider UEA campus engagement or for innovative thinking. Mature students peer support group
Religion Society of the Year This award goes to the religion society of the year. This is down to interpretation of why this society should win religion society of the year but some examples include successful campaigns, events or activities, membership engagement, wider UEA campus engagement or for innovative thinking. Jewish Society
Medical Society of the Year This award goes to the medical society of the year. This is down to interpretation of why this society should win medical society of the year but some examples include successful campaigns, events or activities, membership engagement, wider UEA campus engagement or for innovative thinking. Med Soc, ACMS, Surgical Society
Charities and Campaigns Society of the Year This award goes to the charities and campaigns society of the year. This is down to interpretation of why this society should win charities and campaigns society of the year but some examples include successful campaigns, events or activities, membership engagement, wider UEA campus engagement or for innovative thinking. Conservation and Wildlife Society
Personal Development Society of the Year This award goes to the personal development society of the year. This is down to interpretation of why this society should win personal development society of the year but some examples include successful campaigns, events or activities, membership engagement, wider UEA campus engagement or for innovative thinking. Interprofessional Education Society
Cultural Society of the Year This award goes to the cultural society of the year. This is down to interpretation of why this society should win cultural society of the year but some examples include successful campaigns, events or activities, membership engagement, wider UEA campus engagement or for innovative thinking. Mallu Society
Academic Society of the Year This award goes to the academic society of the year. This is down to interpretation of why this society should win academic society of the year but some examples include successful campaigns, events or activities, membership engagement, wider UEA campus engagement or for innovative thinking. Occupational Therapy
Political Society of the Year This award goes to political society of the year. This is down to interpretation of why this society should win political society of the year but some examples include successful campaigns, events or activities, membership engagement, wider UEA campus engagement or for innovative thinking. Womanist Society
Arts and Performance Society of the Year This award goes to the arts and performance society of the year. This is down to interpretation of why this society should win arts and performance society of the year but some examples include successful campaigns, events or activities, membership engagement, wider UEA campus engagement or for innovative thinking. Music Society
Best Go Global Performance This award is to recognise the best on-stage performance performed at Go Global 2022, which took place in February. ‘Best’ is defined by the creativity, show factor and enthusiasm of the performance. Punjabi Society
Best Society Sustainability Initiative/Activity/Event This award is to recognise the society that has undertaken the most meaningful initiatives, activities, events or campaigns to act in a more sustainable way, or to promote and encourage sustainable practices. These activities and initiatives may have been undertaken by a society independently, via a society collaboration, or during Do Something Green Week, which took place in March 2022. Conservation and Wildlife Society
Best Society Collaboration This award is to recognise and celebrate the best event or campaign run between two or more societies. This could include online campaigns, in person events, such as Balls or Conferences, plus others. This collaboration should have engaged a lot of members across multiple societies, and had positive impact on these members. Labour Society, Young Greens Society, Conservative Society and Debating Society - House of Concrete
Best Society Contribution to the DSD Programme This award is to recognise a society that has had outstanding contribution to the Do Something Different Programme through running a single or multiple exciting activities under the Do Something Different programme, which had good attendance and/or positive impact on attendees. Conservation and Wildlife Society
Best Society Use of Social Media This award is to recognise the society that has best used social media over this academic year to engage with members and the wider UEA community online. This could include use of Instagram, Instagram Stories, Twitter, Facebook, Tik Tok, or another platform. We are looking for societies that created interesting, informative, or creative content, which had a wide reach within your space. Headucate
Campaign or Project of the Year This will be awarded to a camapign or project run by any student group that raised awareness or enacted change to a high level. RAG
Outstanding Society Contribution to the Postgraduate Community This award will be given to a society that has enhanced the social cohesion and experience of postgraduates at UEA. Jewel Ike-Obioha, Amy Zile
Outstanding Society Contribution to the Mature Student Community This award will be given to a society that has enhanced the social cohesion and experience of mature students at UEA. Matt Cox
Outstanding Society Contribution to the International Student Community This award will be given to a society that has enhanced the social cohesion and experience of International students at UEA. Korean Society
Outstanding Society Contribution to Student with Disabilities Community This award will be given to a society that has enhanced the social cohesion and experience of students with disabilities at UEA. Disability peer support group
Student Committee of the Year This award is for a committee that has excelled. They will have enacted change, organised and delivered a number of activities and represented for their membership. This could be a student group, committee, executive group or project committee. Bad Film, Occupational Therapy