Union Awards FAQs

I want to nominate - how do I do it?   

All you need to do is log in to the website and use the form on the Union Awards page . Remember that only full members are able to nominate for the Awards. Select the award category you wish to nominate the person, CSP or event for, and then start typing the name of the person, CSP or event in the ‘nominee’ box.  

Things to remember are that the person may be known by a different name by you. You are always able to write in free text. If you do this, please put the department and year of the person you are nominating in the nomination text so we can make sure that the right person gets the award! Then, write the nomination text in the text box and press Submit. You’ll be able to click away from the page at any time and your text will be saved.

What makes a good nomination?   

When writing the nomination, write it like the person who will be reading it knows absolutely nothing about the person, CSP or event you are nominating as this will most likely be the case.  Writing “Jane deserves this award because they are wonderful and have done amazing things this year” is a guaranteed way for Jane not to receive an award. Look at the criteria for the award (which can be found here) and use this to frame your nomination. Provide specific examples where you have made a statement. For example, how did the event ‘stand out’ and what was its impact?

Top tips for writing a nomination   

  • Assume those who are assessing your nomination know nothing
  • Talk about the outcome and the impact
  • Don’t write in jargon
  • Structure your nominations X has done this, Y is the outcome and Z is the impact
  • Show your evidence – it is all good and well making a claim but back it up with evidence of specific examples.
  • When thinking about the difference they have made, how were things before they began? How are they now? What makes your candidate different from others doing the same thing?
  • Don’t make sweeping generalisations – nominations need to have enough details to make the case for the nominees achievement
  • Write with passion but give as much specific information as you can
  • Talk about the challenges that the nominee may have faced and how they dealt with them 

Who should I nominate and can I make more than one nomination?   

You will know of, experienced and seen MANY people, events, CSPs, Academic Reps etc here at Imperial, so if you think they deserve recognition, then put forward a nomination for them all! They will all need their own individual nomination.

Does a nomination automatically get an award if they receive more than one nomination?   

In a word, no. Awards are decided on by a panel and are judged on the information provided by the nominator to see if the nomination meets the criteria. Someone may have received 20+ nominations but if the nominations don’t show how that person meets the criteria, then the panel have got nothing to make a decision on.

Woohoo! I received a award! What happens next?   

You will receive an email saying that you have been nominated and inviting you to join fellow awardees at a ceremony on Monday 5 June in the Union Concert Hall. You will be informed as to what category you have been put forward for and winners are announced on the evening for the majority of the categories. Union Colours, Outstanding Service Award, Fellowship and Fellowship with Distinction are ratified by Union Council which is meeting before the ceremony, so you will know which of these awards you have won before the ceremony.

I can't make the ceremony, what happens to my award?   

You can collect your certificate from Union reception from Tuesday 6 June and if you are unable to come in to College, we can post this to you.