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Sunderland Students’ Union presents “SU Loves You” an annual celebration recognising the students who have made outstanding contributions within the university and the wider community throughout the past academic year.

Our last awards ceremony took place virtually in May 2020, it was amazing night shared with so many amazing people.

Plan ahead for 2021...here is the award criteria:

Societies Development Award Criteria

This award is for the society that has done the most this year to develop and improve for their members. Formerly the new societies award this has been adapted to reflect that societies can focus on improvement at any point in their lifespan. This society will have taken positive action this year to involve their members, they will have engaged with learning opportunities and they will have responded to the current pandemic.

Learning Societies Criteria

This award is for the best learning society. The best learning society will be a society that has developed and delivered positive opportunities for it members to enhance their academic experience.

Society of the Year Criteria

This award is for the society of the year. The society of the year will be an exemplar society that can be held up to other societies as a source of learning and inspiration. This society will have made strong progress towards achieving their aims and will have had a positive impact upon its membership. This society may have gone the extra mile in relation to a specific activity or project – this award will recognise and celebrate this.

Volunteer of the Year Award Criteria

This award is for someone who has made a big contribution to running SU events, helping students to come together, get involved and have fun.

Individual Achievement Award Criteria

This person has shown outstanding enthusiasm, responsibility and commitment to volunteering. Their efforts will have significantly benefited the student community and/or impacted positively on the wider community. This person will have motivated and inspired others in their role and demonstrated excellent communication skills with other volunteers and staff.

SU Buddy of the Year Criteria

This Buddy has shown great commitment to the SU Buddies scheme and a real willingness to support their fellow students. They have communicated effectively with the student(s) they were matched with and have helped them settle in to University life in a very unusual year, passing on information about social activities /Mate Dates and signposting students to other services as and when they need it. They have also engaged in additional training and social opportunities in order to enhance their skills and provide the best support they can to their peers.

Outstanding Contribution to Fundraising

This person or group have shown outstanding enthusiasm, responsibility and commitment to fundraising. Their efforts will have significantly benefited the student or wider community. They will have motivated and inspired others through their fundraising efforts and raised awareness for the charity / charities they are supporting.

Outstanding Contribution to Wellbeing 

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond to support the wellbeing of others? This award will go to a student who has been an advocate for positive mental, physical or sexual health and who consistently works towards making the University community a more supportive place to be. They may be passionate about equality, diversity and inclusivity or engage in peer-support work to help build positive environments for other students.

Outstanding School Coordinator

We’re on the lookout for an outstanding School Coordinator, worthy of an SU Loves You Award. We want someone who not only demonstrates exceptional attitude and commitment towards their role but regularly goes above and beyond when it comes to their work. We’re looking for a School Coordinator who has been proactive throughout their time in this role and someone who has proven to have built strong relationships throughout the university, not only with students but with university staff and the Students’ Union.

Course Rep of the Year 2021

Does your Course Rep go above and beyond when it comes to acting as the student voice for you and your fellow course mates?

We’re looking for a Course Rep who has engaged with training and other opportunities whilst actively seeking and relaying the student voice to university staff, the Students’ Union, board members and beyond.

We want people who have shown commitment to their role, a positive attitude towards change as well as being a trusted voice for everyone on your course. Do you know a remarkable Course Rep who deserves this award or are you a Course Rep and want to be recognised for the hard work you’ve done throughout the year?

Not many people would label themselves as an unsung hero, so we’re asking you to think about your friends, housemates and course-mates who’ve made a difference and never get the recognition they deserve. Do they volunteer regularly? Do they go out of their way to make other people’s lives better? Help us celebrate these individuals by nominating them for the Unsung Hero Award.

Your SU Presidents will be awarding a very special member their award for 2021, this is not an award which accepts nominations, so be sure to watch the SU Loves You award evening on Friday 4th June 2021 to find out who the presidents award the 2021 award to.

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