Students' Union Awards

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Celebrate student success with us!


The Students' Union Awards are an annual celebration of student success and achievements over the course of the academic year. There are a range of award categories that highlight the outstanding contribution made by individuals and student groups to enhance the student experience. The awards are completely led by students and staff at the University of Hertfordshire, giving you the opportunity to highlight anything standout from the 2020-21 calendar. It's been a challenging academic year for everyone, but we're really looking forward to celebrating the strength and resilience of our amazing students.


Thank you to everyone who joined us on the night. We had a really lovely time celebrating with everyone! If you missed it, you can catch up in your own time on Facebook or YouTube!



Award Categories

The following categories will be celebrated at this year's Students' Union Awards:

Change-Maker of the Year

This is awarded to a student who has worked hard to implement change and has made a positive difference to the student experience. The student will have engaged with the Students' Union, University and/or community.

Buddy Volunteer of the Year

This award recognises the Buddy Volunteer who has made an outstanding effort to help their Buddy settle into University life as part of the SU Buddy Scheme. The Buddy Volunteer will have engaged positively with the SU throughout the year.

SCO of the Year

This award recognises the School Community Organiser who has made an outstanding contribution to the student experience in their School by organising community-building events and supporting Student Reps in driving real change.

Student Rep of the Year

This award recognises the Student Rep who has made a remarkable impact in enhancing the academic experience of their peers, going above and beyond to ensure the student voice is heard and solutions are found to student issues.

Society of the Year

This award is to recognise a society that has had considerable success during the academic year. The society will have engaged fully with its members and the SU to enrich the student experience.

Society Committee of the Year

This award recognises the committee that has displayed great commitment, drive and innovation to ensure the success of their society. The committee will have shown a remarkable level of engagement with their society members and the SU.

Best Online Society Activity

This award is to recognise the best virtual event or programme of activity organised and hosted by a society. The event or activity will have been impactful, meaningful and/or particularly popular.

Best Fundraising Initiative

This award recognises a student or a student group who has made an exceptional effort to fundraise, or raise awareness, for charity. The fundraising initiative may be an activity or event, or an ongoing campaign or project.

Most Improved Society

This is awarded to a society that has made a remarkable effort to improve for the benefit of their members. They will have run more activities or events, increased membership numbers and/or engaged with the SU more than in previous years.

Best New Society

This award is for the most popular society formed this academic year. The society stands out amongst other newbies for the impact it has had on the student experience since it was affiliated.

Outstanding Contribution to the BAME Awarding Gap

This award recognises a student that has had a positive impact on the student experience through their outstanding contribution towards the elimination of the BAME Awarding Gap with the work they have done with the University and/or SU.

SU x UH Partnership Award

This award recognises a University of Hertfordshire staff member or department that has collaborated with the Students' Union to enhance the student experience by working closely on an activity, event, campaign or project for the benefit of students.

Outstanding Contribution to the Students' Union

Union Fellowship Award

This award recognises students who have displayed an outstanding degree of commitment to Hertfordshire Students’ Union during their time at the University of Hertfordshire. Recipients for this award are nominated and selected by the Elected Officers.

Who's in the running?

We were chuffed to receive an astonishing total of 654 nominations from 515 respondents. Thank you to each and every one of you who took the time to submit a nomination! We've been reviewing all your kind words to help us establish this year's finalists. We're excited to be able to announce this year's shortlist, which you can view here


Thursday 20th May

Due to the current circumstances brought about by the global pandemic, we'll be hosting another online Students' Union Awards this year. Wanna know what that will look like? You can expect a similar style to the Students' Union Awards 2020, which were a huge success. We can't wait to recreate the magic later this spring, with some exciting new touches lined up. We're really looking forward to having the opportunity to spread the celebrations far and wide once again, as the awards ceremony will be accessible to all students and staff members here at Herts. Keep your eyes peeled on this page to watch how it all evolves!

Event Programme