ASU Awards

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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.

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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.

Nominations close at Midnight on THURSDAY 25TH April.  

The Students’ Union will convene a panel that will consist of the following individuals who will review the nomination forms and finalise the students who should receive the acknowledgements and awards:

  • Aston SU President (Chair)
  • Vice President - Students Activities
  • Union Chief Executive Officer
  • Advice and Membership Services Manager
  • Student Activities & Voice Manager
  • External trustees

General Union Awards

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.

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.

The award is presented to a postgraduate 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:

  • Student must be a postgraduate student, this includes taught and research students.
  • The involvement that went above and beyond what is ordinarily expected.
  • Involvement in charitable work and/or fundraising activity.

The award is presented to a Mature Student who has demonstrated dedication to Aston Students’ Union and/or Aston University throughout the year by participating in events, joining clubs or/and societies

Criteria:

  • Students must be a Mature Student as defined by Aston University.
  • Involvement that went above and beyond what is ordinarily expected.
  • Involvement in charitable work and/or fundraising activity.

The award acknowledges the effort made by an individual, club/society 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.

The award recognises a successful student-led event. An event that was innovative, community-building, ambitious, highly successful in its aims, or significantly raised awareness of a relevant topic or culture. This may be an event organised by an Athletic union affiliated club, an affiliated society, an individual or another group of students. All events organised by Aston SU centrally will be excluded from this award.

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.

The award is presented to the SU Standing Committee or club or society 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.

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.

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

It is designed to acknowledge the effort made by an individual or group who have collaborated 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.

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.

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. Already received Silver (formerly Half Colours) award.
  • Display sensitivity to the diverse nature of the student population.

Athletic Union Awards

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)
  • *ONLY COMMITTEE CAN NOMINATE INDIVIDUALS FOR THIS 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 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.
  • *ONLY COMMITTEE CAN NOMINATE INDIVIDUALS FOR THIS AWARD

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.

The award to an Aston Athletic Union coach in recognition of excellent and outstanding contribution and effort throughout the academic year.

Criteria:

  • Inspiring and influential coach.
  • Dedication and commitment worthy of recognition.

Additional notes:

  • Name of club coached.
  • The competition club has participated in should be noted in the nomination statement.
  • The support the coach has provided off the field should be noted in the nomination statement.

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:

Criteria:

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

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.

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.

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.

Societies Federation Awards

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)
  • *ONLY COMMITTEE CAN NOMINATE INDIVIDUALS FOR THIS 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.
  • *ONLY COMMITTEE CAN NOMINATE INDIVIDUALS FOR THIS AWARD

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

Criteria:

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

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

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.

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:

  • Improvements and or changes made to the way the society 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 society has overcome any problems it may have faced.
  • Evidence the society improved the students’ experience.

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