Hull University Students’ Union Awards Winners

Posted 25 June 2021
All the winners from this year's HUSU Awards, Society Awards and Trophy Pres!
All the winners from this year's HUSU Awards, Society Awards and Trophy Pres!

What a year it’s been! We're really proud of the tenacity and positive attitude all our amazing members have had, even when faced with adversity, and so these awards are a time to come together with your Uni family. 

We want to celebrate the fantastic work done by students who enhance the student experience for others. Without you, we wouldn’t be us! 

Without further ado, the winners are…

 

AU TROPHY PRESENTATION

 

The Vice Chancellor’s Rose Bowl - awarded for the most organised club

The nominees were:

Dance Squad

Women’s Rugby Union 

Netball League

 

And the winner is...Dance Squad!

When classes had to stop due to lockdown, every class seamlessly moved online. This has provided routine and stability for members in the most challenging of circumstances. Over Christmas, they held an awards ceremony for everyone’s hard work, they organised a food drive for the AU, over Easter they put on a timetable with yoga, technique, and socials to make sure no one was feeling isolated whilst at home. The clear communication that members have had from the committee has been outstanding and has been a lifeline for these students in such uncertain times.

 

AU Charity and Community

The nominees were:

Women’s Lacrosse

American Football (UH Sharks)

Netball League

 

And the winner is...Netball League!

Netball League have donated to multiple food banks, they were one of the top 3 clubs in the university for raising money for Movember, they were a major part of #Move4Tune that has amassed upwards of £10,000 for Lymphoma Action. They also have partaken in the Humberside distance challenge throughout lockdown and currently are taking part in a similar challenge, Move The Year. 

 

AU Team of the Year

The nominees were:

Dance Squad

Women’s Rugby Union

Netball League

 

And the winner is...Women’s Rugby Union!

They secured an excellent fresher intake without any coaching available, and also dealt with their training being cut off in November. They secured sports excellence funding in this time as well as sponsorship funds and has used this to invest in the club and its members. Time has also been invested, with the club training and socialising online regularly with rugby specific skills. They also were involved in the Reclaim the Night march and raising awareness for women’s safety. Many of their members got involved in the President of Sport’s panels over the year, including what not to say to sportswomen. This has been a difficult year to produce tangible results for their work, but the committee's investment of time and resources has been enormous.

 

The David Connell Memorial Trophy – Awarded for Outstanding Male Contribution to Sport

The nominees were:

Jack Walton

Tom Kemp

James Surallie

 

And the winner is...James Surallie

James has been at the club for four years, three on committee, one as treasurer and twice as President. As a president for the past two years, he has done incredible considering where the club was when he first started. In his first year as President, he completely turned the club around. He hired 8 new coaches; helped raised over £14,000 through a combination of winning the club a Sport England grant and gaining in 3 new sponsorship deals, and helped with a big recruitment push. Despite the challenges of this year, he has continued to make the sport more accessible than ever before and the club a more welcoming place. On top of this, he is a plays at a high standard himself, as he was one of four of our players to receive a GB students trial invite last year. 

 

The Netta Graham Memorial Trophy – Awarded for Outstanding Female Contribution to Sport

The nominees were:

Lucy Tune

Lauren Vickers

Kate Robinson

 

And the winner is...Lucy Tune!

Lucy is the current President of Netball League and she lives and breathes the sport. Not only has she held multiple positions on the committee as president and social sec, but she has also been a captain, overlooking the team, organising games, training sessions and working with other captains to get as many people playing netball as possible. Even when Lucy could not physically be at matches herself this year, she joined online video calls to watch and support the teams. She put so much effort in for her sport and her team.

 

The Richard O’Leary Memorial Trophy – Awards for Outstanding Service to a Club

The nominees were:

Lucy Tune

Jonathan Balshaw

Eloise England

 

And the winner is…Jonathan Balshaw!

Jonathan Balshaw has been part of the sharks for five years now, with four of those being on committee. He is extremely dedicated to the sport as he is always putting in countless hours into learning more about the sport, improving his skills and being an overall great teammate. During his five years he has also played multiple positions when the club needed him to, and in the last two he took up playing Quarterback. In the last two years as vice president, he has helped turn the club around financially as well as culturally. He pushed hard to raise money to fund members of the committee to get mental health first aid training, he also helped secure sponsorships for the club to help pull the club out of debt as well as helping secure a £10,000 grant from Sport England to set up the club with the equipment for the next few years. His sacrifice to the club in time and energy over the last 5 years deserves recognition. 

 

The Executive Chalice – Awarded for Outstanding Contribution to the Athletic Union

The nominees are:

Lucy Tune

Sam Mills

American Football (UH Sharks)

 

And the winner is...Sam Mills!

Sam Mills has shown extraordinary service to the AU throughout his time at university. In his second year, he took on the role of Social Secretary of Badminton, bringing a new lease of life to the role. In his third year, he was President of the Badminton. In his master's year, he became treasurer of cricket and one of the AU Participation and Engagement Officers on the AU Executive Committee. During his time in this role, he has been an active member of the sports zone and passed a motion to help to improve the financial position of AU clubs and to try to encourage as many people into sport as possible. He has led by example, being a first team player for both badminton and cricket, and he has been an outstanding role model to his peers.


 

THE HUSU AWARDS

 

Volunteer/s the Year: The John Franks Memorial Award

 

The nominees were:

Sam Mills

American Football (UH Sharks)

James Surallie

 

And the winner is...James Surallie

James has led American Football as president for the 2nd year, taking the club from strength to strength whilst completing a master’s degree. Leading on campaigns for Black Lives Matter and women’s safety. To quote: ‘James has been a great president and is one of the most dedicated members to the club’.

 

AU Club of the Year

The nominees were:

Netball League

American Football (UH Sharks)

Dance Squad

 

And the winner is…Dance Squad

Dance squad have been nominated for organising a successful food bank donation, creating a HUDS helpline to provide support to any members struggling during the pandemic including keeping up weekly socials and ensuring their classes kept going over zoom to keep members active. This year, Dance Squad also recruited the most first years they have ever recruited in a year.

 

The Liberation Award

The nominees were:

Casper Nicholas

Beth Stephenson

American Football (UH Sharks)

 

And the winner is...Beth Stephenson!

Beth has been nominated for their enthusiasm and commitment to the role of LGBT+ students’ representative. They have created LGBT+ allyship training, put forward diversity encouraging motions at Union Council, run the LGBT+ support group and worked hard to support LGBT+ students throughout the University.

 

The Julie Watson Memorial Award

The nominees were:

American Football (UH Sharks)

Lauren Vickers

Sam Mills

 

And the winner is...Sam Mills

Sam has shone through the numerous volunteer roles for Hull University Students’ Union as previously mentioned, whilst on the AU Exec, supporting various work to understand challenges and barriers to participation in support and representing at Union Development meetings. As sports editor for the Hullfire, Sam helped members write their own pieces of work as well as publishing two of his own pieces.

 

Hull University Students’ Union Award

The nominees were:

Samantha Kitchen

Casper Nicholas

James Surallie

 

And the winner is…Casper Nicholas

Again to quote a nomination submission: 'Casper, as the first ever social mobility and class rep in HUSU have made brilliant contributions to the Union, starting with captions and transcripts on Union and University videos and in lectures'. Cas attended student minds training, set up open forums and a Facebook group for students to interact in. On top of this, Cas is the project leader for the Forces of Nature volunteering group and held a successful eco brick workshop and numerous litter picks.

 

Society of the Year

The nominees were:

The Nursing Society

LINKS

The Politics Society

 

And the winner is...The Nursing Society

The Nursing Society started in August 2020 in the midst of the pandemic and have become the biggest society active with HUSU at the moment! They run check in sessions, create podcasts and arrange drop in sessions with members of faculty staff. 

 

The Sustainable Impact Award

The nominees were:

The Fashion Society

Lauren Barraclough

 

And the winner is...Lauren Barraclough

Lauren is our Environment and Sustainability Part Time Officer at HUSU, and has hosted celebrations for recycling week, written interesting blogs, hosted forums and discussions for recycling and has also been involved in the planning for the Salmon Grove redevelopment.  

 

The Education Impact Award

The nominees were:

The English Society

The Politics Society

Emily Birch

 

And the winner is...Emily Birch

Emily is HUSU PGR Part Time Officer who always makes sure that students needs are met, not just for PGR students but any students that come to her with issues. Emily helped with pushing for the reopening of the library to benefit students from all backgrounds, hosted weekly research discussions, held open forums within the wider PGR community and created her own social media presence to boost engagement with students.

 

The Derek Foster Student Volunteering Award

The nominees were:

Natasha Bocchetta

 

And the winner is…Natasha Bocchetta!

Natasha Bocchetta is our project leader for Junior Park Run Project and has twice tried to get the park run project up and running, but COVID-19 has got in the way, but despite that, Natasha is leaving the project ready to run (pun intended!) as soon as the project can get going again. 

 

THE SOCIETY AWARDS

 

Best New Society

The nominees were:

Nursing Society

HullFire Newspaper

Anti-Slavery Society 

 

And the winner is…The Nursing Society

Despite Nursing Society being created in a pandemic and have not been able to meet fully in-person, they are now our largest Society at HUSU. After many nursing students have faced a year of cancelled practice placements, and worries about catching COVID-19 on the job, the Society has provided a community for Nursing Students to support one another.

 

Most Improved Society

The nominees were:

JAM Radio

Philosophy Society

English Society 

 

And the winner is...The English Society 

After being put up for adoption last year, the English Society have worked hard to revive the Society and continue the publication of the student creative anthology, The Scribbler. Their determination and enthusiasm to continue the Society has been amazing to see throughout this past year.

 

Society Fundraiser of the Year

The nominees were:

Islamic Society - Charity Week

Physics Society - Charity Walk for Oakwood Dog Rescue and Mind

Crystal Clear - Twitch Livestream for NHS 

 

And the winner is...Islamic Society - Charity Week

The Islamic Society raised around £10,000 for their chosen charity as a result of their innovation and creativity to create both in-person and online events. These included an inter-society quiz night, debate night and an online charity auction. 

 

Academic Society of the Year

The nominees were:

Law Society

Nursing Society

Philosophy Society

 

And the winner is...The Nursing Society

This is the second award that the Nursing Society have won at the Society Awards 2021. The Society have supplied a lot of support for the nursing students at our University this year and have already started planning on how they can support the students and host a range of fun events for next year. 

 

Committee Member of the Year

The nominees are:

Bethany Tomlinson - LINKS

Ellie Palmer – Philosophy Society

Lydia Cutmore – English Society 

 

And the winner is...Bethany Tomlinson

Bethany has been fundamental to the day-to-day operations of LINKS in their role of HR Lead and Secretary. Whilst managing their studies as a final year student nurse and volunteering for St John Ambulance, Bethany has constantly tried to ensure the members feel comfortable and valued. Bethany was unable to collect their award tonight so they will receive it at a later date.

 

Art, Music and Performance Society of the Year 

The nominees were:

JAM Radio

Crystal Clear

Music Society

 

And the winner is...Crystal Clear

Crystal Clear have worked hard to still provide opportunities for members to develop their DJing skills throughout the year. As well as this, they have hosted multiple livestream charity fundraisers, including raising £1,140 for Crohn’s and Colitis foundation in memory of Connor Massey. 

 

Gaming, Fandom and Special Interest Society of the Year

The nominees were:

Wargames and Roleplaying Society (WARPS)

Fashion Society

JAM Radio

 

And the winner is...JAM Radio

JAM Radio have worked hard to supply their members with opportunities to develop their radio skills throughout the year, including working at Sanc during their socially distanced events. They have done a great job transitioning into a Society this year and we look forward to seeing them do more events next year. 

 

Best Society Event

The nominees were:

Feminism Society – LGBTQ+ Month event

Afro-Caribbean Back to Black for Black History Month

Women Empowered Society’s Love Island 

 

And the winner is...The Feminism Society for their LGBTQ+ Month event 

The Feminism Society’s online LGBTQ+ event included discussions between members, encouraging awareness and celebrating some monumental moments for the LGBTQ+ community. Throughout the year, the Feminism Society have been creating discussions on a range of issues to raise awareness and have focused on creating an open and inclusive community amongst their members and supporting other societies.  

 

Most Outstanding Contribution to a Society

The nominees were: 

Erin Riley – Feminism Society 

Samantha Kitchen – Nursing Society

Shauna Armstrong - LINKS

 

And the winner is...Shauna Armstrong 

Shauna has gone above and beyond this year for LINKS as they have organised socials, fundraisers and welfare checks for all the members. As the training lead, Shauna adapted the training for both virtual and in-person training sessions at short notice to ensure all members have remained engaged throughout the difficulties this year has presented.

 

Campaigning, Fundraising and Political Society of the Year

The nominees were:

Feminism Society

Conservative Association 

The Politics Society 

 

And the winner is...Conservative Association

Conservative Association have adapted to the pandemic brilliantly by hosted an astounding number of high-profile MPS and peers from Westminster, as well as councillors and MPs from a range of political parties. From this, the society have allowed members to benefit from a safe platform of free speech and open debate, as well as supporting the rebuilding of the Labour Club society. 

 

International, Faith and Multicultural Society of the Year

The nominees were:

Afro-Caribbean Society

Islamic Society

International Students Society

 

And the winner is...Afro-Caribbean Society

Afro-Caribbean Society have been committed to being an active society this year despite the restrictions put in place. Adapting their events to be both in-person and virtual, their events have been thought-provoking and fantastic in celebrating and learning about different cultures as well as discussing experiences of students from an Afro-Caribbean background. 

 

President of the Year

The nominees were:

Oscar Harrison – Conservative Association

Jack Wilfan – JAM Radio

Erin Riley – Feminism Society 

 

And the winner is...Jack Wilfan for JAM Radio 

Jack Wilfan has worked hard this year to help build JAM Radio into a society for the first time. Members of the society have said that Jack has been a pleasure to work with and always comes up with brilliant ideas to improve the society. 

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