The Society Awards
Just because The Society Awards night is unable to go ahead, it doesn’t mean that we’re not going to celebrate those outstanding individuals and societies online! For those of you who have won, we will be sending digital certificates to you via email so please remember to keep those in a safe place. In regards to the raffle cash draw, this will still be taking place but as a live video on Facebook by our President of Inclusivity & Diversity, Abi Morris. This page will then be updated when it has been announced.
We have had so many nominations for both the Bronze/Silver/Gold Awards and the individual Awards categories which made shortlisting incredibly hard. However, without further ado, we are finally ready to announce the winners of the Bronze/Silver/Gold scheme! Before we get started, here’s a reminder of what you will win if your society has been awarded Bronze, Silver or Gold:
- Bronze status on our website
- Guaranteed stall at Societies Fair
- Chance of winning £50 in Society raffle at Society Awards X3
- Silver status on our website
- Preference over stalls at Societies Fair
- Preference over Give It A Go – Sports and Society Taster Sessions
- Chance of winning £100 in Society raffle at Society Awards X3
- Gold status on our website
- Special recognition at our annual Society Awards
- Free promotional logo or business cards for your society
- Advertisement on Hull University Union’s Social Media once a semester
- Chance of winning £150 in Society raffle at Society Awards X3
And here is a list of all those societies who have qualified:
- Robotics Society
- Accounting Society
- Darts Society
- English Society
- Fighting Games Society
- Philosophy Society
- Catholic Society
- Forensic Science Society
- Gilbert and Sullivan Society
- Malaysian Student Association Society
- Doctor Who Society
- Barbershop Society
- Gaming Society
- Criminology Society
- Disney and Pixar Society
- Music Society
- Tamil and Malayi Society
- Performing Arts Society
- Drama Society
- Engineering Society
- Islamic Society
- Psychology Society
And now, we will move onto the award categories… Please click on one of the categories to show the nominees and reveal the winner!
Creative Writing Society
A humble group of bright young women who have managed to not only create a space for creativity, but a safe space to socialise and express your ideas. The society has brought so many of us together: a lot of the members are introverts and quite shy, but thanks to this society we have made some amazing friends whilst meeting like-minded creative writers who help each other on their writing journey. There are good vibes, constructive criticism, intriguing socials and the committee work super hard!
Fighting Game Society
The Fighting Game Society has become so big within Gaming Society that it deserved to become its own entity. They have put on many different events over the past semester such as exciting tournaments with prizes and weekly events where you can go and play in a chill environment. They travelled to York for a regional competition sponsored by NSE and Nintendo UK in which their team reached the final – several members even reached the top 8 in the individual category! They are ready to crush Lincoln this year at Varsity.
Forensic Science Society
Forensic Science Society has gone above and beyond in arranging the best experiences for their members. The have taken part in RAG week for Rape Crisis England & Wales which involved forensic-themed arts and crafts, bake sales and games. They have also had a number of external speakers from the Chartered Society of Forensic Science which complements the Forensic Science course perfectly and helps boost member’s employability. On top of this, they have hosted a number of fun, innovative socials, they constantly offer support to members and the committee are incredibly friendly.
Barbershop had a number of setbacks at the start of the year which nearly caused the society’s dissolution. They were left director-less with incredibly low membership numbers which meant that multiple members learnt how to conduct very quickly in order to help the society survive. To help boost their membership, they hosted taster sessions, regularly updated social media accounts and posted leaflets through the university and community doors. They worked their hardest to be the best they could and are now raising the profile of the university by working collaboratively with other universities across the country to compete in a national competition at an annual convention. They also work with the local community to put on Barbershop concerts and are fundraising to subsidise competing for their members.
Duke of Edinburgh Society
Duke of Edinburgh Society is now in its second year of running. At the start of the academic year, the society had 8 members and now, it has 21. The society has done an incredible job this year in supporting local charities and integrating into the wider Hull Community. The society also encourages personal development, health and fitness and improves future career prospects by awarding you with a stellar CV. They are always going on trips whether that is to the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales or North York Moor and they have offered First Aid Training to their members and put this into practice. The Society will also help give you a nationally recognised award. It has come far to say that it was such a small society that started not that long ago.
In recent years, PsychSoc has struggled to attract interest from the wider Psychology student body. This year, the committee have worked extremely hard to re-engage the Psychology student body and have run a number of incredibly successful events by using various means to connect with students i.e. in person, through Canvas, on social media and constantly liasing with departmental staff. Example events include a Brain Dissection, talks from famous individuals working in Psychology (which has helped boost employability) as well as fundraising events which have raised a credible sum for YoungMinds. This has made the society and the department closer than ever which has been very beneficial to students. The new committee have improved the Psychology society in every aspect, taking it from a small society catering to a few people to a much larger society for all Psychology students.
Drama Society – Oscars
Drama Society’s Oscars event is the biggest, most important event of the year for their members. This is the event that recognizes all plays, actors, directors, techies, radio plays, committee members and members in general who have gone above and beyond and impressed the society. Awards are given out, memories are shared, and hard work throughout the year is rewarded and celebrated. The event is colossal and more often than not largely paid for through their ticket sales throughout the year. This encourages them to put on better and larger shows and to increase their publicity all for a better Oscar's event to celebrate the end of the year. It is an event worthy of celebration, especially as their last one reached record turn-out!
Gaming Society – Wilberforce 24hr Take-Over
The semesterly tradition of the Wilberforce 24hr Take Over, run by the Gaming Society, has grown to include a larger count of societies and has had more activities and promotions for the event. From multiple video game tournaments, to marathon streams, a charity raffle and cross-society social mafia games, the Gaming Society have well and truly outdone themselves, making an event that members and students alike agree is a triumph. With assistance from Dominos, National Student Esports (NSE), Monster Energy & NUEL, the event raised over £800 pounds for the charity SpecialEffect!
The Music Society winter concert is a wonderful chance for members of the society to showcase their talent and it really helps celebrate the society’s successes – it even counts as a module for some music students. There is usually over 70 members performing on the stage which takes a huge amount of preparation and planning, but it is always incredibly successful. The event this year was a great success enjoyed by not only the audience, but the performers as well. It gave the opportunity for non-music students to perform on a big stage: something they may have only dreamed of doing. It was a great success and provided much needed entertainment to a very satisfied audience!
Beth Ellerby – Barbershop Society
Beth Ellerby has been a cornerstone of Hull University Barbershop Society since she joined in 2017. She has attended every event, every sing out and competition without exception and has dedicated endless hours to our society to help make us truly shine. Since she was appointed as treasurer, Beth has gone even further above and beyond by taking on any and all responsibilities that HUBS has accepted this year. Beth has single-handedly coordinated our attendance at the BABS National Barbershop Competition 2020, despite having no prior experience. She has also taken a leading organisational role in the multi-university contest chorus: Chester Leicester Hull Fiesta, as well as organising bake sales and applying for Union grants. From her limitless enthusiasm and boundless dedication, to her inspiring initiative and forward thinking, Beth is an integral part of the Barbershop committee.
Craig Almeida – Engineering Society
Besides his unfailing contribution to Engineering Society events and activities including filling in as Social Secretary (before the position was filled), Craigh Almeida played an essential role in organising this year's Frank Morton event, of which 45 Chemical Engineering students, both post and undergraduate, attended. Craigh liaised with several University lecturers and regional chemicals companies, managing to obtain a substantial sponsorship for the event of which greatly subsidised the cost for the entire Sports day, including transport. Without his constant coordination with students and sponsors, and his dedication to making the day run as smoothly as possible, the University of Hull's Chemical Engineering team would not have been able to attend. Though it was a very stressful day, Craigh excelled at keeping all students in check while maintaining a great atmosphere!
Phoebe Medlicott-Revell – Heritage Society
As Social Secretary of Hull Heritage Society, Phoebe Medlicott-Revell has truly put her all into starting up the brand new society, spending a great deal of her own time on multiple occasions to organise events, socials and promotional materials, to name a few. She is incredibly enthusiastic and passionate about ensuring that a committee is secured for the next academic year so that the society continues to exist for future students to enjoy. She has been a massive asset to the committee, creating a lovely sense of community and putting her all into everything she has done!
Elliott Brindle – Drama Society
Elliott Brindle first joined the Drama Society in 2008 and has had an immeasurable impact on the society ever since. Holding several committee positions including President, Treasurer and Showcases Director, he is always willing to put in a helping hand and will tackle any task with the biggest of smiles. His dedication has not gone unnoticed, from single-handedly saving multiple productions from the brink of disaster, to stepping into full acting roles with less than 24 hours until show day. He is willing to help out anyone with their jobs, whether its booking rooms, emailing sponsors, moving set or any other task someone may need help with. Now working on his PhD, Elliott has supplied the Drama Society with 11 years of dedicated service.
Olumide Osikomaiya – Gaming Society
When Olumide took up the Gaming Society in 2019, it was a very inactive society. Over the course of the summer, he spent time rebuilding the society, its social media platforms and its visual assets, to really show potential members in September what they could be a part of. A summer society Twitch stream, larger presence at WelcomeFest stalls and more engaging socials such as more tournaments and more focused socials meant that membership has increased, and the Gaming Society is now highly successful. Olumide has also dedicated valuable time and resources to the organisation of the Wilberforce 24hr Takeover, which brought multiple societies together and helped to raise a lot of money for charity!
Lily Aibangbee – Korean Culture Society
Lilly has gone above and beyond for the Korean Culture Society, running two socials per week for the whole year. One of these is a dance class, whereby she learns 3 dances every week, as requested by society members, and teaches them on a Wednesday evening. Her efforts and talent have been recognised to the point where other universities that have specialist K-Pop dance societies, have invited the Korean Culture Society to competitions, and other societies within Hull Uni have requested performances!
Business School Society
This year, the Hull University Business School Society travelled to the York Finance Conference. This provided members with a great opportunity to network with industry professionals, as well as learn effective interview tips and an understanding of graduate recruitment techniques. This invaluable information was only surpassed by how well organised the trip was, and how much the members who went enjoyed it!
The Engineering Society took Chemical Engineering students on a trip to Birmingham University, to take part in the 2020 Frank Morton trip! All competing in a Sports Day specifically for engineers, the students had the opportunity to make new friends and valuable connections, as well as lasting memories. For the first time ever, Hull University placed in the leader boards, which was no doubt down to the enthusiasm and excitement of all of the Hull students who attended!
Performing Arts Society
The Performing Arts Society travelled all the way down to London this year, for an overnight stay in London. Whilst they were there, they went to watch Wicked on the West End – an experience that many of those attended had on their bucket lists! Considering some of their members had never visited London before, it was a chance for them all to experience the beauty of the capital, whilst having fun at the same time!
Islamic Society – Charity Week
Islamic Society went above and beyond this year to raise money for important causes with their Charity Week. For seven days in October, the society organised multiple fundraisers and managed to raise over £10,000! With help from the entire society, this was one of their most successful charity weeks yet, and there will definitely be many more to come!
MedSoc – 48 Hour CPR Event
MedSoc organised a 48 hour CPR marathon in order to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. This incredible event brought a very important subject to the attention of hundreds of staff and students, helping them to raise over £1000 in donations!
Gaming Society et al. – 24 Hour Wilberforce Takeover
The semesterly tradition run by the Gaming Society included a larger count of societies and had more activities and promotions this year. From multiple video game tournaments, to marathon streams, a charity raffle and cross-society social mafia games, many societies came together to raise money for a good cause. With assistance from Dominos,National Student Esports (NSE), Monster Energy & NUEL, the event raised over £800 pounds for the charity SpecialEffect!
Grace Faulkner – Creative Writing
After taking over as President of Creative Writing only this year, Grace Faulkner has had to tackle some serious obstacles, overcoming each and every one of them, and helping to craft a highly successful society. Even though the society is new and still finding its way, she has pioneered innovative and exciting ideas for it, all with a smile on her face! It is clear that Grace cares so much about the society she runs, and has always gone the extra mile to make sure all of her members feel welcome.
Adam Kadow – Drama Society
In his second stint as President of the Drama Society, it is safe to say that Adam has been hard at work! After creating all of the multimedia marketing such as posters and flyers, helping to create a new website for his society, and editing over 7 Drama Society shows over the past 6 years, Adam has put in hundreds of hours of volunteer work throughout his time here. Adam has also helped to ensure every play, radio play, and showcase, has run smoothly by checking in on committee and creating feedback forms for society members. His creation of the Vice-President of Welfare role has also ensured that members of the Drama Society have a safe place to ask for support if they need it, all whilst attending every single social to ensure everyone feels welcome. It is clear that he has a huge love for the society he is in charge of, and the people who are a part of it.
Donna Harkin – Engineering Society
After being elected in an EGM in November, Donna has worked tirelessly to make sure the Engineering Society is the best that it can be. She has worked diligently to make sure all deadlines are met, to ensure all events run smoothly, and to ensure all committee members feel supported in their roles. Despite only being in charge of the society for a few months, Donna has pioneered huge improvements, welcoming in a variety of new members – some of which are not even on an Engineering course!
Accounting Society has been a highly supportive group to all of the Accounting students who are a part of it. From revision sessions, to help with exams, they have shown they really care about their course, and the people who are a part of it. As well as this, the society has provided students with an exciting social scene: a way to make friends and celebrate after working so hard on exams! The additional skills that are also given to members is just another one of the reasons why the Accounting Society definitely deserve to be recognised as one of the best academic societies at Hull University!
Business School Society
The Business School Society has provided their members with ample opportunities to progress, achieve valuable skills, and network, throughout the year. They have succeeded in securing sponsorships with four businesses, and has many speakers coming from institutes like the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. From the organisation of many high-profile events, to the creation of their Lunch and Learn and How To sessions, it is clear that the HUBSS just wants their members to succeed!
The Engineering Society has created an inviting platform for all members to attend, network and acquire technical skills from fellow academics in the field. They have provided a valuable insight into engineering by joining events with IMechE and IChemE, as well as providing stellar socials which are inclusive of all. As well as this, they have organised some brilliant trips, such as to the Frank Morton event in Birmingham, which was a huge success! It goes to show how societies can help their members succeed, but also have a bit of fun in the process!
Crystal Clear Society
For many years, Crystal Clear has provided the soundtrack to many students’ lives. They have worked tirelessly to create a welcoming atmosphere to make new mates, new music, and new memories. From hosting events for those who want to start DJ’ing, to full blown DJ sets at Union events, clubs, and bars, this society has really made a name for themselves locally. With a robust and talented membership, Crystal Clear bring great music and great vibes to the university campus!
As one of the biggest societies and largest presences on campus, the Drama Society has made a name for itself at Hull University. The committee work tirelessly to support members and their needs, as well as encouraging them to take part in as many aspects of the society as possible: from voice acting, to building sets, to designing costume, to working with sounding and lighting, to performing on stage, there really is something for everyone – it is unsurprising that different rehearsals are taking place almost every day of the week! The society has also been very active in fundraising, hosting socials and attending karaoke which provides a great social life for their members.
This academic year has been particularly successful for the Music Society! After putting on their most successful Winter Concert to date, HUMS welcomes everyone who shares a passion for music. Their Lunchtime Concert series has been the perfect place for members to perform, and showcase their own music in an informal setting. The support shown for members at their own gigs, such as at Polar Bear or Adelphi, also doesn’t go unnoticed. It is clear that HUMS goes above and beyond for their members, and clearly wants them to follow their passion!
After a very successful year campaigning during the General Election, the Conservative Society gone from strength to strength during this academic year. Campaigning from Bishop Auckland to High Peak, members of the society worked tirelessly to support the Conservative Party, helping many candidates to win their seats. The society has also had some big-name speakers come and do talks for members, as well as supporting the local Conservative candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in his campaign. Overall, this has been a highly rewarding year for the Conservative Society!
The Debating Society have had an amazing year, with weekly meet-ups which deal with a variety of topics. As well as this, the committee work tirelessly to provide members with high quality training sessions, exciting events and fantastic socials, all of which are enjoyed by the entirety of their membership. With a stellar committee, and even more exciting events to come, it’s clear that the Debating Society deserve to be nominated!
Hull Marrow Society
This academic year has been brilliant for Hull Marrow. As a committee, they raised over £630 in the first term, as well as recruiting 79 possible donors to the Stem Cell Register, smashing the achievements of the previous year. This rose in term two, increasing to over 130 more potential donors recruited during their Sports Challenge Week. The only way is up, and as the new academic year approaches, Hull Marrow are laying the groundwork to keep growing the society, and keep breaking new targets!
The Catholic Society has organised various socials, trips and events, over the current academic year than any committee before them. The strong committee, which works well together and works very hard to keep their members happy, has helped to create a community of close friends, who can strengthen their relationships and their faith whilst attending any of the socials or trips put on by this society!
ISOC has spent this year actively raising money for different causes, using many different events. The one that stands out the most is their Charity Week, whereby events like bake sales, international food nights and games night helped them to raise over £10,000 in a week! As well as this, ISOC has put on many events for their members, including a Brother and Sister Circle where members learn about Islam and how to be a better human being, and occasional events like mountaineering and netball. The work that ISOC has done proves how much they deserve to be nominated for this award!
The Malaysian Society has helped to unite Malaysian students across the campus, as well as providing a safe and welcoming space for fellow students to experience Malaysian culture. Having collaborated with many other universities which are part of the UKEC, the society has also attended the Nottingham Malaysian Games, where all Malaysians in the UK come together and compete in various sports and games. Hull University Malaysian Society managed to bag 1 silver and 2 bronze medals, which goes to show just how hard they have worked this year!
Duke of Edinburgh Society
The society has done an incredible job this year in supporting local charities and integrating into the wider Hull Community. The society also encourages personal development, health and fitness and improves future career prospects by awarding you with a stellar CV. It has come far to say that it was such a small society that started not that long ago.
The Gaming Society have been very busy this year, holding a wide range of events for their members and other students who are only able to participate online. Committee have worked hard to constantly organise gaming session, including their famous Wilberforce Takeover Event which raises hundreds of pounds for charity every semester. This society provides a welcoming environment to meet new like-minded friends, and participate in some stellar events. The society also attends gaming tournaments held all around the country which is an incredible opportunity for their members. It is clear that the Gaming Society is run by some amazing people, who have a genuine passion and interest in the society itself.
WARPS provides people with a safe space to meet new friends and play a variety of games. They are welcoming, with a very helpful committee, who will go above and beyond for their members. It is clear that they put in a lot of time planning events each week, catering to everyone, no matter what they play or want to do. Their regular meetings and friendly members show just how much everyone loves to be a part of WARPS!
A huge congratulations to those who were shortlisted and to all of our winners! Now, to see whether your society has won Bronze/Silver/Gold, please see below.
Also, don’t forget that Abi will be hosting a live stream raffle on Facebook at 3pm on April 2nd to announce the winners of the £50, £100 and £150 prize jackpot!