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Union Awards

Union Awards celebrates societies, student groups, staff & individuals who have done something exceptional at Solent. We think these people deserve recognition for all of their hard work within the Students' Union, university and wider community!

Save the date: 30th April @ 7pm

Location: Wherever you are!




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Award Categories & Descriptions

Outstanding Teaching
This award will be given to an exceptional member of academic staff that has demonstrated a real passion for delivering motivational, challenging, and exciting content. 

Excellent Academic Support
This award will be given to a member of staff who has provided excellent academic guidance to students, including support with essay writing, research or any other academic related skills. 

Best Teaching Adaptation
This award will highlight the tremendous effort a lecturer has gone to, during the pandemic, to ensure their teaching strategies remain highly engaging, accessible, and supportive for all student groups. 

Exceptional Student Experience
This award will be given to a member of staff that has shown dedication to supporting students in non-academic extracurricular activities. 

Student Welfare Champion
This award will be given to a member of staff that has demonstrated commitment to student welfare, providing them the best possible support and advice.

Best Contribution to Charitable Fundraising  (Eligible: Any Society)
For the society that has gone above the call of duty to engage with a local or national charity, either raising funds and/or creating awareness of one or more charities.

Social and Community Impact Award (Eligible: Any Student or student group)
This can be for an individual or a group who've done any combination of volunteering, organising multiple projects and/or have fundraised to truly give back to the local community.

Student Officer of the Year (Eligible: Any Student Officer (inc NUS Delegate)
They have been reliable, initiated campaigns, shared keen insights and truly helped with the development of the Students’ Union through their work at Officer Committee and/or NUS National Conference. This can include student officers that have gone above and beyond to create engaging campaigns and have been an active part of creating a positive change for students. 

Sabb’s Choice Award 
The Sabbs choice Award is an award in which each Sabb has the chance to nominate a student that has been an actively involved in the Union and has made a positive impact on the student experience, for example through leading on a campaign, helping with the implementation of a policy or going above and beyond within a society or Student Council. Each sabbatical officer will have a chance to select one student and the sabbatical team will then use the scoring sheet to shortlist and decide which student is most eligible for the award. 

Most Engaged Student Award  (Eligible: All Students )
Regardless of their remit or position, this student has been very committed to the Students' Union as well as showing exceptional engagement within the su/university interests. 

Innovation and Enterprise Award  (Eligible: Any Student or student group)
An individual or group that has developed their own social enterprise and has effectively built their own business, developing entrepreneurial solutions to help solve social problems. This can also include groups of students that have led a pre-existing recently formed business. 

Alumni Support Award  (Eligible: Any Voluntary Alumni )
An alumni that has gone above and beyond under any remit to put back into the SU/University after graduating. This can be for an individual alumnus who has contributed their time into putting back into the student experience at Solent. 

Inclusivity Award (Eligible: Any Student or student group )
Any student or student group that has demonstrated and strengthened their commitment to equality and diversity within the SU/University. 

Environmental Award  (Eligible: Any Student or student group )
Any student or student group that has impacted change in how the su/university can improve their environmental impact. 

Event Contingency of the Year  (Eligible: Any Student, Alumni or Staff member)
In light of the coronavirus, we are keen to celebrate all members of the Solent Community that have gone above and beyond to adapt their event plans and ensure that their event is a great example what societies/students can do.

Outstanding Contribution to Student Media (Eligible: Any Member of a Sonar Media Society or current solent student.)
They've gone to great lengths, to promote cohesion and collaboration within their society and/or sonar media as a whole. They've also used their skills to help align the society/group with industry so it provides an even better student experience. This can also include any student involved in a media related project at Solent University.

Most Valued Society Member (non-committee) (Eligible: Any Student Part of a Society.)
They’ve gone out of their way to improve the society(s) they are involved in, have excelled all expectations, and done their part to better the society; all without the obligation to do so. 

Committee Member of the Year (Eligible: Any Elected Society Committee Member.)
This is for anyone who's gone beyond the call of duty for their society, working along side the committee and for its members. They've used personal drive to better the society through initiative and commitment. 

Best Newcomer Society (Eligible: Any Society That Was Launched This Academic Year.)
This award goes to the best new society this year. It has attracted members with the activities it organises, the community it offers and the purpose it follows. 

Best Society Adaptation to Covid-19 restrictions (Eligible: Any Society)
In recognition of the severe challenges this year has brought, we are keen to recognise and congratulate the societies that have gone above and beyond to continue creating activities and events for their society members. 

Best Academic Society  (Eligible: Any academic Society)

The academic society that has shown the most commitment to improving co-curricular offerings this academic year. 

Best Non-Academic Society  (Eligible: Any recreational Society)
The recreational society that has shown the most commitment to improving extra-curricular offerings this academic year. 

Society of the Year  (Eligible: Any Society )
This is for any society who've shown themselves to be exceptional, organised and give the best experience to their members. This society has been consistently impressive and really contributed to the student experience.