Societies Awards 2017 is taking place on Saturday 24th June at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford Upon Avon. It will be a fantastic evening to celebrate your successes and the contributions societies make to the wider Warwick community.

Applications are now open for you to nominate your society or a society member for one or more of our 15 available awards. Expand and collapse the sections below to read through the criteria for each award. Once you know what you want to apply for click ‘Apply Now’.

Nominations will close on the 23rd of april.

Society of the Year

  • Evidence of regularly organised society activity.
  • Evidence of collaboration with other societies.
  • Strong working relationship and communication with Warwick SU and any relevant University of Warwick staff or services.
  • Society has done one or more of the following; raised money for charity, given members the opportunity to develop skills and/or employability, raised awareness of a campaign or a cause.
  • Evidence of attempts to secure income to support Society through fundraising, donations, sponsorships or funding applications to the University of Warwick, Warwick SU or external funding streams.
  • Participated in fundraising with RAG, volunteering or sustainability within the society.
  • Contributed to Warwick SU campaigns and events e.g. Go Green Week, International Women's Week, Black History Month, Are You OK? and Creative Warwick.
  • Evidence of attempts to make the society activity more accessible (e.g. for students from different locations, students with disabilities, students for whom language may be a barrier etc.) and evidence of attempts to diversify membership (e.g. diversifying gender, culture, ages, year groups and courses of participating students).

Outstanding Society Awards

Most Improved Society
  • Must have been a formal Students’ Union society prior to March 2016.
  • Evidence improvements in performance in the entire academic year 16/17 in comparison to last academic year 15/16.
  • Evidence an increase in members in comparison to previous year.
  • Evidence an increase in student participation in society activities in comparison to previous year.
  • Evidence an increase in society activities organised in comparison to previous year.
  • Evidence a broader range of society activities organised in comparison to previous year.
  • Evidence of attempts to diversify membership (e.g. diversifying gender, culture, ages, year groups, courses of participating students)
  • Participated in fundraising with RAG, volunteering or sustainability within the society. OR
  • Contributed to Warwick SU campaigns and events e.g. Go Green Week, International Women's Week, Black History Month, Are You OK? and Creative Warwick.
Best Society with Under 100 Members
  • Must have no more than 100 members.
  • Evidence of regularly organised society activity this academic year.
  • Evidence wide range of different society activities this academic year.
  • Over 50% membership regularly participating in society activities.
  • Evidence of collaboration with other societies.
  • Participated in fundraising with RAG, volunteering or sustainability within the society OR
  • Contributed to Warwick SU campaigns and events e.g. Go Green Week, International Women's Week, Black History Month, Are You OK? and Creative Warwick.
Most Improved Society with Under 100 Members
  • Must have no more than 100 members.
  • Evidence improvements in performance in the entire academic year 16/17 in comparison to last academic year 15/16.
  • Evidence an increase in society activities organised in comparison to previous year.
  • Evidence a broader range of society activities organised in comparison to previous year.
  • Evidence of attempts to diversify membership (e.g. diversifying gender, culture, ages, year groups, courses of participating students)
  • Participated in fundraising with RAG, volunteering or sustainability within the society. OR
  • Contributed to Warwick SU campaigns and events e.g. Go Green Week, International Women's Week, Black History Month, Are You OK? and Creative Warwick.
Best New Society
  • Must have been set up since October 2015.
  • Evidence of regularly organised society activity this academic year.
  • Evidence of attempts to collaborate with other societies, Warwick SU or university departments.
Most Inclusive Society
  • Evidence of regular high levels of student participation in society activities.
  • Evidence of a range of different opportunities and activities being offered to members to get involved, encouraging volunteering/fundraising/inclusive socials/sustainable activity.
  • Evidence attempts to make the society activity more accessible (e.g. for students from different campuses, students with disabilities, students for whom language may be a barrier etc.).
  • Evidence attempts to diversify membership (e.g. diversifying gender, culture, ages, year groups, courses of participating students).
  • Contributed to Warwick SU campaigns and events e.g. Go Green Week, International Women's Week, Black History Month, Are You OK? and Creative Warwick.

Activity awards

Most Innovative Fundraising Initiative
  • The fundraising projects/initiatives must have been entirely student led.
  • Must have raised funds for UK registered charity (you can check here: http://beta.charitycommission.gov.uk/ )
  • Fundraising initiative must have been original, inventive and creative
  • Must have engaged a number of your members working together as a team.
  • You must have worked with the charity to create a collaborative approach to their fundraising.
  • Evidence of raising awareness, encouraging further engagement, or any other positive outcome, as well as raising funds.
Best Campaign
  • Campaign used imaginative and creative means to bring about change or raise awareness, whether within the University, in the local community or on a national or even international scale.
  • Campaign has been entirely student led.
  • Campaign has successfully changed attitudes and behaviours – this can be demonstrated in a number of ways e.g. did a certain number of people make a pledge? Or did some aspect of policy change as a result of your campaign?
  • Campaign has used a range of creative and imaginative methods to engage with people, whether online, in person or via other means.
  • Special consideration will be given to groups that have worked in collaboration with other student groups or with members of the local community.
Best Media, Theatre or Music Production
  • Must have been a media or arts based activity to qualify for this award.
  • Evidence of the measures taken to ensure activity was accessible and inclusive (e.g. no-alcohol orientated activities included etc.)
  • Evidence from participants of the activity's success.
  • Activity did one or more of the following: raised money for charity, gave members the opportunity to develop skills and employability, raised awareness of a campaign or a cause.
Best Summit, Conference or Forum
  • Must have organised a summit, conference or forum to qualify for this award.
  • Evidence of the measures taken to ensure event was accessible and inclusive (e.g. no-alcohol orientated activities included etc.)
  • Evidence from attendees of the events success.
  • Event did one or more of the following: raised money for charity, gave members the opportunity to develop skills and employability, raised awareness of a campaign or a cause.
Best Society Event
  • Evidence high level of student attendance/participation in event.
  • Evidence of the measures taken to ensure event was accessible and inclusive (e.g. no-alcohol orientated activities included etc.)
  • Evidence of collaboration with one or more of the following: another SU society, Warwick SU (including full- and part-time SU Officers), university department or service, an external charity or organisation.
  • Promoted using the Warwick SU promotional channels available (e.g. society webpage, events listing, The Boar, RaW).
  • Evidence from attendees of the events success.
  • Event did one or more of the following: raised money for charity, gave members the opportunity to develop skills and employability, raised awareness of a campaign or a cause.
Creative Warwick Award
  • This award can be for a specific individual, event, collaboration or general society activity
  • Must have organised (or be planning to) organise an event for one of the 2017 Creative Warwick weeks or be involved in the online campaign (e.g. photoshoot, trailers, lamppost banners, Oculus screens)
  • Evidence of engaging society members with the Creative Warwick campaign
  • Evidence of encouraging creativity within your society
  • Evidence of attempts to make the society activity more accessible (e.g. for students from different locations, students with disabilities, students for whom language may be a barrier etc.) and evidence of attempts to diversify membership (e.g. diversifying gender, culture, ages, year groups and courses of participating students).
  • Evidence of making links with the local community (e.g. through charity fundraising, outreach programmes or inviting members of the community along to your event(s))

Individual Contribution Awards

Best Society President
  • Must be a President of an official SU Society (www.warwicksu.com/societies). It is also possible to nominate Co-Presidents.
  • Evidence of improving their society
  • Evidence of attempts to make the society activity more accessible (e.g. for students from different locations, students with disabilities, students for whom language may be a barrier etc.) and evidence of attempts to diversify membership (e.g. diversifying gender, culture, ages, year groups and courses of participating students).
  • Evidence of strong leadership and communication skills (for both exec members and general members)
Best Society Member (Exec)
  • Must be on the Executive Committee of an official SU Society (www.warwicksu.com/societies) but not the President or Co-Presidents. It is possible to nominate a maximum of 2 people where the role is shared but not necessary.
  • Evidence of outstanding contribution to their society (both within and outside of the remit of their specific role)
  • Evidence of commitment to attending society events and helping to drive other society activities
Best Society Member (Non-Exec)
  • Must be a member of an official SU Society (www.warwicksu.com/societies)
  • Must not have been an Exec Member of the society nominating them prior to the society’s 2017 Spring elections
  • Evidence of outstanding contribution to their society and high participation levels with society events and activities.
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Any questions please email societies@warwicksu.com