Union Awards 2018

Nominations are open until Monday 21 May - make yours now!

Celebrating the huge impact and hard work of our volunteers, the Union Awards are the annual showcase of the best of Imperial College Union and our membership. We have 14 awards across the board, all designed to recognise the great work that students do at the Union.

The Union Awards are nominated by students, decided by students and awarded at our gala event in June.

We need your nominations to help us shortlist students and groups for the Union Awards. Your nomination is supported by a short statement. This is your chance to tell us why they deserve to win that award; include examples, reasons and any information that will help!

The Categories

  • Campaign of the Year

    A campaign or project delivered to the local or Imperial community for the broader benefit. Impactful and enduring, the campaign will have delivered real change and an increase in awareness on a particular issue, topic or interest and bring positive outcomes for the people or cause it aims to support.

    • Your nomination should outline the issue that the campaign or project aimed to address.
    • Your nomination should demonstrate the impact this campaign or project has had on the community.
  • Contribution to College Life Award

    A new and lasting idea or initiative that has benefitted the College and its students. The winner(s) will have made a real improvement to life at the College, creating a more welcome and diverse student community.

    • Your nomination should clearly demonstrate how the individual or group has tackled the problem.
    • Your nomination should identify the impact that the individual or group has had on the Imperial community.
    • Your nomination should show how the individual or group has demonstrated effective leadership in their approach.
  • Innovation & Enterprise Award

    A cutting edge, bold and innovative idea or scheme that aims to tackle social problems, either improving communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. Through technology, initiative and entrepreneurial spirit, this group or individual has shown originality in their approach, demonstrating a global mind-set and a social conscience.

    • Your nomination should clearly demonstrate how the individual or group has tackled a social problem using an innovative and / or enterprising approach.
    • Your nomination should identify the impact that the individual or group has had on the target communities / environmental cause.
    • Your nomination should demonstrate how the individual or group has shown a global mind-set and / or a social conscience in their approach.
  • Event of the Year

    A stand-out, student-led event or series of events that showcased the Union and its activities. Acting as ambassadors of their group, the Union and the College, this event will have delivered positive impact.

    • Your nomination should demonstrate how the event delivered a positive impact on the student body.
    • Your nomination should demonstrate how the event was inclusive to all students.
    • Your nomination should clearly show how the organiser(s) has effectively worked with others to deliver this .event
  • Club, Society & Project of the Year

    A Club, Society or Project that has delivered a significant improvement to the student experience at the College through their events, activities and initiatives. They do not need to have reached every student, but they need to have had a positive impact on as many as possible.

    • Your nomination should demonstrate how the Club, Society or Project has had an impact on the student body.
    • Your nomination should demonstrate what the Club, Society or Project has done to ensure that it is run effectively and working above and beyond the expectations of Clubs, Societies or Projects.
    • Your nomination should demonstrate how the Club, Society or Project has guaranteed that its activity will continue for the future.
  • New Club, Society & Project of the Year

    A Club, Society or Project that has delivered an improvement to the student experience and is either in the New Activities Incubator or has left it within the two academic years (after 1 August 2016). This Club, Society or Project has identified an area in which to improve the student experience and has already had an impact.

    • Your nomination should demonstrate how the Club, Society or Project has had an impression on the student body.
    • Your nomination should demonstrate what the Club, Society or Project is doing to ensure it is working to its Aims and Objectives.
    • Your nomination should demonstrate how the Club, Society or Project has provided the best opportunity for continued success in the future.
  • Community  Volunteer of the Year

    An exceptional student who has dedicated their time to volunteering or organising volunteer opportunities in the local community.

    • Your nomination should clearly demonstrate the impact the individual has had upon their local community through their voluntary work.
    • Your nomination should demonstrate the dedication of the individual to improving / helping their local community.
    • Your nomination should show how the individual has demonstrated effective leadership in their approach (if applicable).
  • Academic Representation Network Rep of the Year

    An exceptional individual Academic Representative who has engaged with departmental/faculty staff, their students and the Union to bring clear & measurable benefit to the learning & teaching experience of their constituency.

    • Your nomination should clearly demonstrate the dedication of the individual to improving the academic experience of peers within their department.
    • Your nomination should show how the individual has demonstrated effective representation in their approach.
    • Your nomination should outline the impact the Rep has made within their department.
  • Academic Representation Network Postgraduate Team of the Year

    A team that has ensured democratic and effective representation of the views of their constituency, and has improved the research & learning experience of their students in a lasting & measurable way.

    • Your nomination should clearly demonstrate how the Rep Team has worked together to tackle a problem relating to the academic experience of their peers.
    • Your nomination should highlight the benefits brought about by the solutions delivered by Rep Team.
  • Academic Representation Network Undergraduate Team of the Year

    A team that has ensured democratic and effective representation of the views of their constituency, and has improved the teaching & learning experience of their students in a lasting & measurable way.

    • Your nomination should clearly demonstrate how the Rep Team has worked together to tackle a problem relating to the academic experience of their peers.
    • Your nomination should highlight the benefits brought about by the solutions delivered by Rep Team.
  • Wellbeing Representation Network Team of the Year

    A team that has ensured democratic and effective representation of the views of their constituency, and has improved the wellbeing of their students in a lasting & measurable way.

    • Your nomination should clearly demonstrate how the Rep Team has worked together to tackle a problem relating to the wellbeing of their peers.
    • Your nomination should highlight the benefits brought about by the solutions delivered by Rep Team.
  • Wellbeing Representation Network Rep of the Year

    An exceptional individual Wellbeing Representative who has engaged with departmental/faculty staff, their students and the Union to bring clear & measurable benefit to the wellbeing of their constituency.

    • Your nomination should clearly demonstrate the dedication of the individual to improving the wellbeing of peers in their department.
    • Your nomination should show how the individual has demonstrated effective representation in their approach.
    • Your nomination should outline the impact the Rep has made within their department.
  • Colours

    The Union Colour is awarded to those individuals who have given significant and repeated outstanding contributions to the student experience at Imperial and the life of the Union throughout the year.

    • Your nomination should demonstrate the impact the individual's contribution has had.
    • Your nomination should demonstrate how they have worked with others throughout the year.
    • Your nomination should clearly show how this individual has demonstrated effective leadership in their approach.
  • Outstanding Service Award

    The Outstanding Service Award is awarded to those individuals who have, in addition to the requirements for a Union Colour, gone above and beyond their role, repeatedly, to enhance the student experience and life of the Union across a broad spectrum of areas during the year.

    • Your nomination should identify the individual’s contribution across a range of areas, and the impact this has had.
    • Your nomination should demonstrate how they have worked with others throughout the year.
    • Your nomination should clearly show how this individual has demonstrated effective leadership in their approach.
  • Fellowship

    The Imperial College Union Fellowship is awarded to those individuals who have continuously served the Union and/or enhanced the student experience in an exceptional manner, usually over a number of years. Each individual, so awarded, will be granted Honorary Lifetime Associate Membership of the Union. If the panel feels a nominated individual has gone above that of Fellowship, they can choose to award Fellowship with Distinction.

    • Your nomination should identify the individual’s contribution across a range of areas, and the impact this has had.
    • Your nomination should demonstrate how they have worked with others and demonstrated effective leadership throughout their time here.
    • Your nomination should demonstrate how this individual has championed the values of Imperial College Union throughout their time here.
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