ASU Awards

The Aston Students’ Union Awards

The Aston Students’ Union Awards celebrate the achievement, dedication, commitment and hard work of Aston students, volunteers, staff and other partners. The awards encompass the traditional Aston Society Awards and the Aston Athletic Union Colours Awards recognising the fantastic achievements of our affiliated clubs and societies.

Awards will not be given on the basis of the quantity of the Nominations per person, they will be awarded for the quality of the work or the achievement, accomplished by the nominee(s). Please do look at the definition for each award and the criteria associated with each of them. You do not necessarily have to answer all the questions for the nominations, but the answers are taken into consideration by the review panel when discussing each award. The link to the nomination form can be found within the drop down menu for each award below.

2022 SHORTLIST

Award Shortlist
2022

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2021

First Year Student Of The Year

The award is presented to a first year student who has demonstrated dedication to Aston Students’ Union throughout the year by participating in events, joining clubs or/and societies and demonstrated exceptional commitment.

Criteria:

  • The student must be in the first year of study at Aston University.
  • This does not include repeat years.
  • Involvement that went above and beyond what is ordinarily expected.
  • Involvement in charitable work and/or fundraising activity.

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Second Year Student Of The Year

The award is presented to a second year student who has demonstrated dedication to Aston Students’ Union throughout the year by participating in events, joining clubs or/and societies and demonstrated exceptional commitment.

Criteria:

  • The student must be in the second year of study at Aston University.
  • This does not include repeat years.
  • Involvement that went above and beyond what is ordinarily expected.
  • Involvement in charitable work and/or fundraising activity.

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Placement Student Of The Year

The award will be presented to a student who demonstrated continued dedication to Aston Students’ Union and/or the Aston community during their placement year. This can include supporting other placement students, supporting clubs and societies, attending Aston Students’ Union events and running in elections.

Criteria:

  • Students must be on placement throughout the academic year.
  • Involvement that went above and beyond what is ordinarily expected.

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Final Year Student of the Year

The award is presented to a final year student who has demonstrated dedication to Aston Students’ Union throughout the year by participating in events, joining clubs or/and societies and demonstrated exceptional commitment.

Criteria:

  • The student must be in their final year of study at Aston University.
  • This does not include repeat years.
  • Involvement that went above and beyond what is ordinarily expected.
  • Involvement in charitable work and/or fundraising activity.

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Postgraduate Student of the Year

The award is presented to student studying for their master's, postgraduate taught or postgraduate research degree who has demonstrated dedication to Aston Students’ Union throughout the year by participating in events, joining clubs or/and societies and demonstrated exceptional commitment.

Criteria:

  • The student must be a master's postgraduate taught or postgraduate research student at Aston University.
  • Involvement that went above and beyond what is ordinarily expected.
  • Involvement in charitable work and/or fundraising activity.

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International Buddy Scheme

The award is presented to a student who has demonstrated dedication to the International Buddy Scheme throughout the year by participating in events, regularly reaching out to their buddy, sharing their cultural capital and making the most of their time at Aston.

Criteria:

  • The student must be enrolled in the International Buddy Scheme
  • Have attended at least one social event
  • *Only members of the International Buddy Scheme can nominate one another

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UK Buddy Scheme

The award is presented to a student who has demonstrated dedication to the International Buddy Scheme throughout the year by participating in events, regularly reaching out to their buddy and going above and beyond to make their buddy feel at home at Aston.

Criteria:

  • The student must be enrolled in the International Buddy Scheme
  • Have attended at least one social event
  • * Only members of the UK Buddy Scheme can nominate one another

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Charity & Volunteering Impact

The award acknowledges the effort made by an individual or event in relation to charity work and/or fundraising. This is awarded to the individual, collective or event that exhibited good organisational, communication and time management skills whilst pursuing philanthropic objectives.

Criteria:

  • Student engagement
  • Excellent organisation
  • Excellent communication

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Best Collaboration

This award recognises the groups that have worked collaboratively on an event, activity or project to help achieve something special, more memorable and build important connections. The club or society could have worked with the following (but not limited to):

  • Another club or society - the collaboration must be between at least 2 student-led groups (e.g. a club and another club/ society and another society/ a club and society).
  • The University
  • Another institution's club or society

Criteria:

  • Detail the event/activity/project that you have worked together on.
  • All groups using excellent communication skills.

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Friend of the Union

The award recognises outstanding support given to Aston Students’ Union from people who are not full members. This includes Aston University staff, members of the community, alumni etc.

Criteria:

  • Not full members of Aston Students' Union
  • Outstanding dedication and support given to Aston Students' Union

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Union Staff Recognition

The award recognises outstanding support given to Aston Students by a member of the Aston Students Union staffing team. A student panel will review the nominations and decide the winner.

Criteria:

  • Outstanding dedication and support given to Aston Students

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Team Spirit

It is designed to acknowledge the effort made by an individual or group who have worked with a number of individuals/communities within Aston to achieve a positive outcome and benefit the wider Aston student population.

Criteria:

  • Excellent communication
  • Excellent organisation
  • Excellent time management
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Display sensitivity to the diverse nature of the student population

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Union Silver

Awarded to someone who has shown dedication and commitment above and beyond the call of duty to Aston Students' Union throughout 1 academic year.

Criteria:

  • Excellent communication
  • Demonstrated dedication and commitment to Aston Students' Union in 1 academic year
  • Display sensitivity to the diverse nature of the student population

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Union Gold

Awarded to someone who has shown dedication and commitment to Aston Students' Union continually over a number of years. Can only be awarded if Silver award has already been received.

Criteria:

  • Excellent communication
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Demonstrated dedication and commitment to Aston Students' Union in more than 1 academic year or demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication in just 1 academic year
  • Display sensitivity to the diverse nature of the student population

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Union Platinum

Awarded to someone who has shown dedication and commitment to Aston Students' Union continually for 3+ years. Can only be awarded if Silver and Gold awards have already been received.

Criteria:

  • Excellent communication
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Demonstrated dedication and commitment to Aston Students' Union in 3 or more academic years.
  • Display sensitivity to the diverse nature of the student population

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Inclusivity Award

The Club(s) or Society(s) who has strived to be the most inclusive this academic year. This could include, but is not limited to:

Criteria:

  • Increasing accessibility for disabled students
  • Creating safe spaces for students with protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex.
  • Hosting events that make everyone feel welcome
  • Showing improvement of gender equality (e.g., encouraging more woman members if you have a traditionally male club or society)
  • Showing diversity within committee members
  • Evidencing effort to include diverse members in your club or society.

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Athletic Union Half Colours

Awarded to someone who has shown dedication and commitment above and beyond the call of duty to any position involved in the organisation of the Athletic Union.

Criteria:

  • A member of an Athletic union club
  • Nominated by the club committee
  • Demonstrated dedication and commitment to the society in at least 1 academic year (second year or above students)
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Athletic Union Full Colours

Awarded to someone who has shown dedication and commitment above and beyond the call of duty to any position involved in the organisation of the Athletic Union continually over a number of years. Can only be awarded if half colours have already been received for the same club.

Criteria:

  • A member of an Athletic union club
  • Nominated by the club committee
  • Demonstrated dedication and commitment to the club in more than 1 academic year or demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication in just 1 academic year. Already received Half Colours award.
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Most Improved Club of the Year

The award is presented to the club that has demonstrated growth and improvements over the academic year. The club may have significantly increased the number of members and engagement with members in comparison with previous years. This may be through increasing the number or range of activities offered. The club’s completion performance may have significantly improved.

Criteria:

  • Improvement in competition performance and achievement
  • Improvements and or changes made to the way the club operates
  • Well defined committee planning and aims at the start of the year
  • Meeting the aims of the committee as defined at the start of the year
  • Evidence that the club has overcome any problems they might have faced
  • Evidence the club improved the student experience

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Club Charity & Volunteering Impact

The award acknowledges the effort made by a club in relation to charity work and/or fundraising. This is awarded to the club that exhibited good organisational, communication and time management skills whilst pursuing philanthropic objectives.

Criteria:

  • Student engagement
  • Excellent organisation
  • Excellent communication
  • Dedication to charitable objectives

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Club Event of the Year

This award recognises a successful club event, both virtually and in person. An event that was innovative, community-building, ambitious, highly successful in its aims, or significantly raised awareness of a relevant topic or culture.

Criteria:

  • Excellent organisation
  • Excellent communication
  • The promotion campaign and how it was conducted
  • Events had a high student turnout in terms of numbers
  • The event was inclusive and did not just include one section of the Aston community

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Club Committee of the Year

This award recognises a successful club committee that have shown high level of organisation, professional behaviour, team work and cohesion with the students’ union and the wider community.

Criteria:

  • Excellent communication
  • Good record of attendance at Union Council
  • Excellent organisation
  • The committee should have gone above and beyond what is ordinarily expected. This may include but is not limited to; running numerous trips, attending numerous competitions, hosting numerous events or a particularly excellent event

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Sports Personality of the Year

The award is presented to a student who is a member of a club and who has inspired, influenced and captured the imagination of other Athletic Union members during the academic year. This is not necessarily through performance in competitions or within a team.

Criteria:

  • Inspiring and influential behaviour and character
  • Recognised and influential personality outside their own club

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Club of the Year

The award is presented to an Aston Athletic Union club in recognition of excellent performance by the club. A club that raised the profile of the sport and set an excellent example of behaviour on and off the stage/field of competition.

Criteria:

  • Participation in community volunteering and charity fundraising
  • Set an event during the academic year
  • The club has been affiliated to the Athletic Union throughout the entire academic year
  • The club has no financial deficit
  • Excellent organisation of its activities
  • Consistent good performance in competition
  • Consistent support and involvement of all members
  • A well-structured schedule of training, activities, trips
  • Evidence of committee members maintaining a professional attitude
  • Effective organisation
  • Excellent communication with the Athletic Union and club membership

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Sir Adrian Cadbury Cup

The award is given out in memory of the late Sir Adrian Cadbury, former Chancellor of Aston University and Honorary President of the Aston Athletic Union.

The Sir Adrian Cadbury Cup is presented to an individual student for overall outstanding contribution to sport and to the Aston community. This outstanding contribution can encompass activity within competition and in the wider Aston community life. The award is the highest award given out to an individual by the Aston Athletic Union.

Criteria:

  • Final year student
  • An Aston Athletic Union club member
  • Outstanding contribution to sport and sporting life
  • Contribution to Aston life and/or the wider community including but not limited to volunteering, charitable campaigns and involvement as an Aston Auntie

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Sporting Achivement

This award is for individuals and teams in recognition of their outstanding performance during the academic year. For individuals this may be a performance that has helped their team/club achieve new heights. For teams this may be an exceptional performance or result in a competition.

There may be multiple winners of this award.

Criteria:

  • The individual must have competed in a competitive and recognised competition
  • The individual must have demonstrated exceptional performance

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Coach of the Year

The award recognises the impact of a coach and their contribution to the success of our student-led clubs. Must be a registered volunteer or paid coach with the SU for this academic year.

Criteria:

  • Created a lasting positive influence on your members.
  • Developed the performance standard of teams and/or individuals.
  • Showed regular commitment.
  • Have supported the development of skills such as leadership, organisation, and teamwork.
  • Contributed to the success of club development or fixture(s).

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Societies Federation Silver Award

Awarded to someone who has shown dedication and commitment above and beyond the call of duty to any position involved in the organisation of the Aston Societies Federation. The award is presented to individuals who were outstanding on their services to their societies and did more than was asked of them for the benefits of the society members during the academic year.

Criteria:

  • A member of a society
  • Nominated by the society committee
  • Demonstrated dedication and commitment to the society in at least 1 academic year (second year or above students)
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Societies Federation Gold Award

Awarded to someone who has shown dedication and commitment above and beyond the call of duty to any position involved in the organisation of the Aston Societies Federation continually over a number of years. Can only be awarded if Silver award have already been received.

Criteria:

  • A member of a society
  • Nominated by the society committee
  • Demonstrated dedication and commitment to the society in more than 1 academic year or demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication in just 1 academic year. Already received Silver (formerly Half Colours) award
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Most Improved of the Year

The award is presented to the society that has demonstrated growth and improvements over the academic year. The society may have significantly increased the number of members and engagement with members in comparison with previous years. This may be through increasing the number or range of activities offered.

Criteria:

  • Must have been a society for at least one full academic year.
  • Demonstrate a growth or improvement through (but not limited to) increased memberships, events or activities or through improved member engagement.
  • Improved communication between committee members and the SU.

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Society Charity & Volunteering Impact

The award acknowledges the effort made by a society in relation to charity work and/or fundraising. This is awarded to the society that exhibited good organisational, communication and time management skills whilst pursuing philanthropic objectives.

Criteria:

  • Student engagement
  • Excellent organisation
  • Excellent communication
  • Dedication to charitable objectives

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Society Event of the Year

This award recognises a successful society event, both virtually and in person. An event that was innovative, community-building, ambitious, highly successful in its aims, or significantly raised awareness of a relevant topic or culture.

Criteria:

  • Excellent organisation
  • Excellent communication
  • The promotion campaign and how it was conducted
  • Events had a high student turnout in terms of numbers
  • The event was inclusive and did not just include one section of the Aston community

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Society Committee of the Year

This award recognises a successful club committee that have shown high level of organisation, professional behaviour, team work and cohesion with the students’ union and the wider community.

Criteria:

  • Excellent communication
  • Good record of attendance at Union Council
  • Excellent organisation
  • The committee should have gone above and beyond what is ordinarily expected. This may include but is not limited to; running numerous trips, attending numerous competitions, hosting numerous events or a particularly excellent event

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Society Personality of the Year

The Societies Personality of the Year Award is presented to a student whose actions have most captured the Students’ union/body imagination during the academic year

Other Notes: Each society to nominate one member. The shortlist is to be published before the event.

Criteria:

  • A member of a society
  • Nominated by the society committee
  • Demonstrated character and inspiration

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Society of the Year

This award is presented to the society that worked hard for the benefits of their members. The society must have has excelled in all areas.

Criteria:

  • Planning fantastic events and a strong committee
  • Raised money for charity
  • Set an event during the academic year
  • The society was affiliated to the Societies Federation for the entire academic year
  • The society has no financial deficit
  • The society has exceeded the expectations of it's members and the Students' Union

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New Society of the Year

This award recognises a newly formed society that has had an impact within its first year

Criteria:

  • Created in the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Successfully organises events and activities for its members.
  • Shows potential for growth and sustainability for future years.
  • Good, regular communication between the society and Aston SU.

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Society Achievement

The award is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding dedication and performance within their society during the academic year. This could be dedication and performance that has helped the society to establish, gain new members and grow or put on new events and services to members.

Criteria:

  • The individual must have demonstrated exceptional performance as compared with the rest of society cohort
  • Dedication to the society
  • Commitment of time and effort over and above what is ordinarily expected

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