Nominations open for YUSU Awards 2012

Nominations open on Friday week one (April 27) for the YUSU Awards 2012, with 17 prizes on offer to individual students as well as groups and societies.

The YUSU Awards 2011 saw 25 categories contested but this year sees numerous changes, including the introduction of ‘Outstanding Contribution to Student Life’ and the ‘YUSU Lifetime Achievement Award’ as well as the removal of ‘Best STYC’ and ‘Best Academic Campaign’.

The YUSU website states that the awards aim to “reward the groups and individuals who have gone the extra mile to enhance the student experience at York” and adds: ““Whether it's a society who produced a sparkling show, a volunteer who has provided assistance to members of the local community or a course rep who went above and beyond the call of duty, these awards exist to recognise them. Without these people YUSU, and the University of York, would not be the place it is.”

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The awards are split to six main categories – general, academic, welfare, society, volunteering, and RAG – and individuals can nominate themselves or others through the YUSU website.

The general awards include ‘campaign of the year’ and ‘outstanding leadership’ to “recognise the work and dedication given to a variety of areas”, as well as rewarding individuals “who have made an outstanding contribution whether over this year or throughout their whole time at York”.

Academic awards “pay tribute to all of the hard work of academic reps in voicing the needs and views of their peers” and the honours include ‘best course rep team’ and ‘course rep of the year’.

There are three welfare awards to recognise the “individuals and groups who really go above and beyond to make the welfare of students better” through the university’s and union’s various welfare systems.

‘Society of the Year’ and the ‘Greg Dyke Award for Student Media’ comprise the society awards while the volunteering awards include the ‘Judy Dench Volunteering Cup’ and ‘Outstanding Community Volunteer’ awards to “commend the creativity and collaboration between projects, colleges and other groups of students”.

The RAG awards “recognise the individuals and colleges who are dedicated and passionate about student fundraising and putting RAG at the heart of university life”, with the ‘RAG College Cup’ and ‘RAG Volunteer of the Year’ titles available.

The YUSU Awards 2012 Ceremony, which will be the third of its kind, will be held on Friday 15th June (Week 8).

Last year’s award winners all received a small trophy, a Parker pen and a certificate commemorating their achievements.

Find out more about the YUSU Awards 2012 and nominations on their website.

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