The Best Student Life. Bristol SU

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What are the SU Awards?

Let someone know they’re amazing by nominating them for a Bristol SU Award! The Bristol SU Awards celebrate students and student groups who have gone above and beyond to make a difference to your student experience this year.

For 2021 we're rolling our usual awards ceremonies in to one big celebration event. The Bristol SU Awards will be screened virtually on 16 June, and everyone is invited!

Do you know someone amazing? Nominate them for a Bristol SU Award! Nominations are open now, and will close on Sunday 25 April.

 

This year's categories...

Click on each award to see the criteria.

#WeAreBristol Club of the Year

This award recognises the outstanding achievements of a Bristol SU affiliated Sports Club.

The panel will look for:

  • Evidence the club has provided opportunities for all members to experience high quality activities at all levels of your sport (in person or online)
  • Commitment to community building within the club and/or alumni
  • Ongoing commitment and passion for equality, diversity and inclusion within your club/sport
  • Sporting success, where appropriate (we are aware not all clubs have been able to compete)

Best New Student Group

This award recognises an affiliated society, sports club or volunteering project that was affiliated in the last 18 months.

The panel will look for:

  • Focused effort on engaging students
  • Securing the long-term future of the group
  • Hosted multiple activities to raise awareness of the group
  • Evidence of realistic planning for both short term and long term aims
  • Made excellent use of SU initiatives and resources

Bristol SU Staff Member

This award celebrates the diverse nature of staff dedication at Bristol SU. It recognises the support that they provide to the organisation hence enabling students to have the “Best Student Life”.

The panel will look for:

  • Commitment above and beyond the call of duty to Bristol SU above and beyond expectations
  • Positive and innovative approach to their role
  • Activity that has improved the performance of the organisation

Campaigns Award

This award recognises an individual or student group who have raised awareness or created change, predominantly for students.

The panel will look for:

  • Widespread awareness of the campaign
  • Engaging and informative means of disseminating information
  • High student involvement
  • Impact and effectiveness of the campaign
  • Lasting effects and potential for development

Contribution to Student Media Award

This award recognises the role that any student run media plays in communicating with and informing students. This winner will be an individual or student group who have created real impact and engagement with students through their media activity whether broadcast, online or in print.

The panel will look for:

  • High reach, appeal and engagement 
  • Topicality and originality
  • Informative or entertaining, high quality content

Digital Communities Award

This award recognises an individual or student group who have taken time this past year to try and build a community virtually and have helped people cope throughout lockdown.

The panel will look for: 

  • Feats to improve wellbeing
  • Help to tackle isolation
  • Maintained effort throughout the year
  • Good/innovative use of technolog

Enriching Education Award

This award celebrates the work of an academic rep, group or individual that has shown innovation, dedication and passion to improve and transform the education experience of students at Bristol.

The panel will look for: 

  • Ongoing commitment to improving education at Bristol
  • Innovative approach to education campaigning
  • Influenced change or made a lasting impact in some way
  • Inclusive approach to engaging students

Equality & Diversity Award

This award recognises an individual or student group that have gone above and beyond in understanding and promoting Equality and Diversity.

The panel will look for:

  • Commitment to Equality and Diversity
  • Involving those affected by the subject in the planning and organisation stage
  • Taken appropriate steps to ensure any event or campaign is accessible for all
  • Ensuring any event or campaign features or engages with a diverse range of people, speakers or acts (where applicable)
  • Reaching beyond the ‘usual suspects’ to engage a wider group of diverse students/people

Online Event of the Year

The Online Event of The Year Award is for a brilliant event you’ve enjoyed putting on or taking part in. Whether it’s an amazing talk, a great social, a cracking performance or a stunning careers event (or something else!), we want to hear what was your event of the year!

The panel will look for:

  • A high volume of attendance and involvement
  • An innovative and creative event that stands out from the crowd
  • An event with impact on members, attendees or the local community
  • A well organised event with evidence of effective planning

Outstanding Individual Achievement Award in Partnership with University of Bristol

This award celebrates the work of an individual current student who has gone beyond the day-to-day role of representing their peers or leading a group of students. These students will have engaged with and improved the student experience through innovation, dedication and passion. 

The panel will look for: 

  • Demonstrable positive impact on the student experience
  • Commitment above and beyond the call of duty
  • A nominee who inspires and enables those around them

As well as a passionate nomination!

Society of the Year

This award recognises the contribution of an affiliated Bristol SU Society.

The panel will look for: 

  • Excellent use of SU initiatives and resources, especially if evidenced through the Balloon Accreditation Scheme
  • Innovative and creative methods to seek new members and increase participation
  • Impact of the group on the student community
  • Offering an excellent experience for members

Sustainability Award

This award recognises an individual or student group who have gone above and beyond to create positive environmental, social or economic change at the University or in the community. 

The panel will look for: 

  • Demonstrable impact of their work
  • Commitment to embedding sustainability within the University of Bristol community and/or the city community
  • Reaching beyond the ‘usual suspects’ to engage a wider group of students/people

Volunteering & Fundraising Award

This award recognises the enormous contribution that students make to Bristol and the wider community. The award recognises a student or student group who have developed a community-based project, delivered volunteering, fundraised or been involved in community activities. 

The panel will look for: 

  • Commitment above and beyond the call of duty to their project or activity
  • Positive engagement beyond the University community
  • Impact of the project, volunteering, fundraising or activity
  • Positive feedback from people in Bristol or the wider community

 

Nominate Someone Amazing Today

Know someone amazing? We want to hear about them!

Nominate them for a Bristol SU Award today. Nominations close 25 April.

Be sure to read the award criteria carefully and consider the SU Values when submitting your nomination. Please note that the quality of the nominations will contribute more to the success of nominees rather than the quantity of nominations.