The Student Training Awards and Recognition Scheme (STARS) is an accreditation scheme designed to recognise well-run, inclusive and fun student groups. There are three standards of awards – Bronze, Silver and Gold – and there are multiple winners for each category.

The STARS Awards Ceremony is part of the larger Student Union Awards. The Students' Union (SU) Awards reward and recognise the best student groups, campaigns and individuals who have contributed to LSESU over the past year or throughout their time here.

We encourage all Clubs and Societies to apply for STARS awards are you are awarded funds and sometimes even premium spots at the Union's Welcome Fair in September. It also boosts the profile of the student group making you more appealing to incoming students!

Please click the link below to view the criteria for this years SU awards and STARS awards criteria. Nominations close on the 22nd February at 11.59pm.

Apply or Nominate for an Individual Award Apply for a Group or STAR Award

To be awarded a Star Award you must be able to provide evidence of how your student group has achieved the Category standards outlined below. Each star you earn in each category will equate to a number of points which are outlined below. You total number of points will then determine your overall star award by falling into a range. You must provide evidence for at least 8 out of 9 of the categories to be eligible to achieve a STAR award.

To get the next star in each category, you must earn the STAR before. For example in training, you must complete everything in bronze and silver to be awards a silver or everything in Bronze, silver and gold to be awarded gold. If you feel there have been issues that have prevented you from being able to each a part of a STAR for example, your treasures phone does not support the App and therefore cannot download it. Please let us know in your application and the Panel will let you know.

No Evidence = 0 Points

Bronze = 1

Silver = 2

Gold = 3

 

Awarding ranges

No award = 0-6

Bronze = 6 -13

Silver = 13 – 22

Gold = 23 - 27

Excellence in Operations

Training:

Bronze = Completed online compulsory training (this included online consent training hosted on moodle) and attended Start of Year Committee Welcome Event

Silver = B+ Completed Face to Face Consent training (1 or more committee members attending a Consent Workshop)

Gold = S+ A Committee member attended at least 1 beyond the classroom session

 

Core Operations:

Bronze = Completed Core Paperwork Through-out the year including coaching contracts, Events forms, Payment Requests etc

Silver = B + Attended a Development meeting with your coordinator (James or Connar)

Gold = S + No walkovers if you are a club/received no complaints as a society

 

Finance and Funding:

B = Have submitted a payment request via the App and not run the group into Debt this year

S = B+ Spent a sufficient amount of membership funds throughout the term to reflect your membership

G = S+ successfully applied for and secured extra funding whether through external or internal funding

 

Communications:

B = LSESU.com web page kept up to date and an Email that works

S = B+ Having 1 Active Social Media/external Website

G = S+ evidence of regular proactive communications other than the 3 channels listed above. (Other methods can be of your choice such as having other social media platforms)

 

Opportunities for Members

Range of Opportunities:

B = Evidence of regular activity/events for members

S = B+ once per term deliver one event/activity/opportunity that for your members that isn’t part of regular activity

G = S+ host one ambitious large scale flagship activity/event/opportunity for your members

 

Diversifying Your Membership:

B = Host an event that is open for all members to attend that isn’t a social

S = B+ host 1 event that targets under engaged student communities into your activity

G = S+ host 2 event that targets under engaged student communities into your activity

 

Contribution to the student body and society as a whole:

Collaboration:

B = Collaborate to deliver an activity with 1 other student group or external company

S = Collaborate to deliver an activity with 2 other student groups or external company

G = Collaborate to deliver an activity with 3 other student groups or external company

 

Democracy:

B = Hold an open and fair election and attend at least 1 activities assembly in the academic year

S = B+ endorse a candidate in the LT elections (If your constitution doesn't allow this, you must attend one hustings) You can complete this action by registering your interest to endorse

G = S+ one of your committee members must attend 1 UGM per year on behalf of the group

 

Volunteering and Fundraising:

B = Attend 1 volunteering opportunity or fundraise £100

S = Attend 2 Volunteering Opportunities or Fundraise £150

G = Deliver your own Volunteering opportunity or fundraising event within your group

(all fundraising can be for your society or an external charity. Sponsorship does not count)

 

Campaigns & SSLC Representatives Category

- Campaign Group of the Year

This award is for groups (including clubs and societies) that are at the forefront of positive action to raise awareness or create change for a specific purpose at LSE during the academic year.

To achieve this award, the campaign group must have: delivered a campaign/s with clear aims, made an impact on campus with the campaign/s they delivered, worked effectively with other groups/the Union to execute their campaign.

- Most Innovative Campaign

This award is for any individual or group that has created a campaign which is unique, creative or original in its approach and delivery, to create positive change within the LSE community and improve the student experience.

In order to achieve this award, the campaign must: have a clear aim, be innovative or unique, be active or completed, and have a clear impact.

- Activist of the Year

This award is for a specific person who, throughout the academic year, has been inspirational in their dedication to being a positive agent for change; they have continuously taken action to transform or bring awareness to topics which effect students at LSE.

To achieve this award, the student must evidence: having been involved in a number or projects/campaigns, and that they have significantly contributed to the success of a project/campaign

- Undergraduate SSLC Representative of the Year

This award is for an undergraduate SSLC rep who has taken a leading role in advocating for positive change within their department this year, ensuring the student experience for their course mates is as positive as possible.

To achieve this award, the student must : be an SSLC rep, have had involvement in your Departmental SSLC meetings, pushed for change within your department this year, have been an accessible and supportive representative for those on your course/ programme.

- Postgraduate SSLC Representative of the Year

This award is for a Postgraduate SSLC rep who has taken a leading role in advocating for positive change within their department this year, ensuring the student experience for their coursemates is as positive as possible. The nominated person can represent either PGT or PGR students.

To achieve this award, the student must: be an SSLC rep, have had involvement in your Departmental SSLC meetings, pushed for change within your department this year, have been an accessible and supportive representative for those on your course/ programme.

 

 

Sports Category

- Club of the Year

The Best Club will be a group that leads by example in the Athletic Union because they have excelled in developing its activities to its full potential by a display of community spirit, high member engagement and an outstanding sporting performance.

To achieve this award the club must have: had an outstanding sporting performance this academic year, participated in or delivered fundraising and charitable activities, run events that provide an inclusive and welcoming environment, had a positive impact on the wider LSE student community and have a plan as to how the club will continue to improve its activities and sustain its legacy in future years.

- AU for All Award

This award is given to the club that have been making positive contributions to campus life, making the AU more inclusive and more representative of LSE’s wider student body.

To achieve this award the club must have: delivered or participated in initiatives that are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment, enabling all students to actively participate in campus life. Must also be able to outline how this club have had a positive impact on the wider LSE student community.

- Most Improved Club

Must be an existing club that has made significant progress during this academic year to achieve more than it has ever done before.

To achieve this award the club must have: improved sporting performance, encouraged growth of membership, improved standard of club operations and delivery to its members, developed more community initiative based activity such as fundraising, run new initiatives that are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment or have a positive impact on the wide LSE community, and developed a plan to sustain the improvements of this year

- Team of the Year

This will be awarded to a team that has an outstanding team performance and showed commitment to the AU and their club as a whole.

To achieve this award the Team must have: had an outstanding sporting performance this academic year, have had no walk overs, and worked to ensure their team is inclusive and engaged with the rest of the club.

- Sportsperson of the Year

This will be awarded to a person that has had an outstanding sporting performance in their sport and shown a commitment to the AU as a whole.

To achieve this award the person must have: had an outstanding sporting performance this academic year and worked to create a positive environment within their club

- Brian Whitworth Award

Brian Whitworth was the LSE head groundsman for 48 years and his time at the LSE was one huge example of someone giving above and beyond the call of duty. This shall be awarded to the individual who has shown dedication and commitment to the AU, throughout their time at LSE, regardless of their sporting ability. This person would have gone above and beyond what was expected of them.

To achieve this award the person must have: been involved in a number of clubs and AU projects/areas/issues, had an impact on the delivery of these events and helped the AU to develop a sense of community, inclusiveness and sportsmanship by going above and beyond to uphold AU values

- Outstanding Club Member

Societies and Clubs are the lifeblood of the Students’ Union and as such this award seeks to reward all those who have made a significant contribution to a club (or clubs).

To achieve this award the person must have: been significantly involved in a club(s), contributed a significant amount to the club(s), helped the club(s) develop and had an impact on club culture.

 

Societies & The Media Group Category

- Society of the Year

The Society of the Year will have excelled in developing to its full potential by displaying community spirit, having a high member involvement and regular, popular events.

To achieve this award, the society must: have clear aims which have been achieved through their activities, delivered project(s) that support issues outside of their aims such as charitable activities, run a number of initiatives that provide an inclusive and welcoming environment, have had a positive impact on the wider LSE community and has a plan to develop the group next year.

- Best New Society

Must have formed as a society after Easter 2017. Please note that you cannot nominate the same society for the Best New Society and Most Improved Society Awards.

To achieve this award, the society must: have set clear aims and have achieved these aims since starting, delivered a number of initiatives to recruit new members, run inclusive and welcoming events, developed an large flagship event/project/campaign and a plan to be sustainable in the next academic year.

- Most Improved Society

Must be an existing group that has made significant progression in the last academic year. Please note that you cannot nominate the same society for the Best New Society and Most Improved Society Awards

To achieve this award, the society must: have developed a wider range of activities than last year, engaged more students into the society and its events, developed its aims and objectives, delivered community based initiatives such as charitable activities, run events that create an inclusive and welcoming environment and have a plan to further develop their activities next year.

- Best Society Event

The Event must have taken place during this academic year and be an event that contributed to the positive experience of LSE life for students this not a large conference type event.

To achieve this award, the event must: have clear aims, engaged a number of students, and be innovative or unique. The group must also be able to evidence how it was successful and their plan to develop the event for the next year.

- Best Student-Led Conference

The conference must have taken place during this academic year and be an event that has created a platform for innovative discussion and learning around topics as well as engaging influential speakers or external partners to support student experience whilst at LSE and beyond.

To achieve this award, the event must: have clear aims, engaged a number of students, have been innovative or unique in its approach to the topic discussed, and engaged a number of influential speakers or external partners. The group must also be able to evidence how it was successful and their plan to develop the event for the next year.

 

Media Group:

Best Contributor

Awarded to the individual who has made the biggest difference or improvements to the LSESU Media Group during this academic year.

To achieve this award, the student must: have made a number of contributions to any part of the Media Group and had an overall positive impact through their contributions.

- Outstanding Society Member

Societies and Clubs are the lifeblood of the Student's Union and as such this award seeks to reward all those who have made a significant contribution to a society (or a number of societies).

To achieve this award the person must have: been significantly involved in a Society or a number of societies, contributed a significant amount in order to help the group(s) develop, and had an impact on the culture of the society or societies they have been involved with.

 

Community, Halls & Student Fundraising Category

- The Inclusivity Award

This will be awarded to a group (club, society, halls committee or general student group) who have made the most effort to remove barriers to inclusion and engage with the full diversity of the student body, linking in with the principals of liberation.

To achieve this award the person or group must: have delivered effective event/project/campaign(s) that are run committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment, enabling all students to actively participate in campus life. The event/project/campaign(s) must have had clear aims and a strong impact on student life at LSE.

- Best Collaboration

Must be a collaboration that two or more groups have worked on in equal measure, (as opposed to one group leading and involving other groups), during the academic year, . The Collaboration can be a single event or a lengthy partnership.

To achieve this award, the groups must: have set clear aims for the collaboration, and achieved success against these aims. The collaboration must also have been innovative or unique and had a positive impact on the wider LSE community.

- The LSE Halls Cup

Awarded to the Hall whose residents have raised the most ‘Halls Cup points’ across six categories – Active Lifestyle, Fundraising (RAG), Volunteering, Sustainability, Annual Hall Satisfaction Survey and Hall Committee Events. Points are accumulated throughout the year.

- Best Contribution to Student Fundraising

Awarded to an individual student, club or society who has made the biggest difference or improvements to LSESU Student Fundraising during the academic year.

To achieve this award, the person/group must have: been involved in fundraising initiatives, contributed to the development of student fundraising, actively participated and recruited for fundraising opportunities, and had a clear impact on student fundraising.

- Best Fundraising Project/ Event

A project or event that has gone above and beyond to raise funds for an outside charitable cause during the academic year.

To achieve this award, the project/event must have: clear aims, been innovative or unique, have been successful against its aims and be sustainable in future years.

 

Student Union Individual Awards

- LSESU: Outstanding Contribution

This award is to reward those who have devoted an enormous amount of their time over the past academic year to Student Union activities. To enter for this award, we require information only about the kind of activities the nominee has undertaken this academic year.

• Please provide, in bullet points, a list of the LSESU activities this person is involved in (Societies, Media Group, AU Club, RAG, SSLC Representative, Halls Committee, Campaigns Network, Member of SU Exec).

• In bullet points, please outline what this person has contributed to LSESU over the past year.

• In bullet points, please outline what this person has achieved for LSESU over the past year.

• In bullet points, please highlight clearly what impact this person has had in LSESU.

- LSESU: Honorary Lifetime Member

This is the highest award that the Students’ Union can bestow upon an LSE student and means that the individual is given lifetime membership of the Students’ Union. This award is granted to those who have displayed an outstanding contribution to achievement across a broad range of Union Activities. The nominee must be graduating from the LSE in this academic year.

• Please provide, in bullet points, a list of the LSESU activities this person is involved in (Societies, Media Group, AU Club, RAG, SSLC Representative, Halls Committee, Campaigns Network, Member of SU Exec).

• In bullet points, please outline what this person has contributed to LSESU over their time at LSE.

• In bullet points, please outline what this person has achieved for LSESU over their time at LSE.

• In bullet points, please highlight clearly what impact this person has had in LSESU.

 

 

View your 2017 winners below!

Your 2017 Winners 

 

Campaign Group of the Year

  • The Consent Campaign

 

Activist of the Year

  • Fathia Begum

 

Most Innovative Campaign

  • The Gender Project

 

Undergraduate SSLC Representative

  • Ed Jee

Postgraduate SSLC Representative

  • Helena O'Rourke-Potocki

 

Best Contribution to Student Fundraising

  • Richard Adkins

 

Best Fundraising Project/Event

  • RAG Week 2017

 

Best Halls Event

  • Passfield Hall

 

Best Halls Committee

  • Northumberland House

 

Best Collaboration

  • Athletics & Running with Women's Football for their Circuit Sessions

 

The Inclusivity Award

  • Women's Rugby

 

Most Improved Club

  • Women’s Football

 

The AU for All Award

  • Rowing

 

Club of the Year

  • Athletics and Running

 

Team of the Year

  • Women’s Fencing 1sts

 

Sportsperson of the Year

  • Meredydd Rix

 

Brian Whitworth Award

  • Megan Beddoe

 

 

Society of the Year

  • Islamic Society

 

Best New Society

  • South Asia Society

 

Best Society Event

  • Student Action for Refugees and United Nations Society

 

Most Improved Society

  • Hindu Society

 

Media Group: Best Contributor:

  • Greg Sproston

 

 

Outstanding AU Member Awards

Albert Armankona, Rowing | Georgiana Kwok, Taekwondo | Lili Roggenhoffer, Women's Basketball | Su-Yen Cheong, Pole Fitness | Harry Long, Rowing | Lauri Ojala, Athletics Rowing | Thanita Darakananda, Volleyball | Vitaliy Komar, Rowing

 

Outstanding Society Member

Ajay Shah, Hindu Society | Antonin Boissin, Tea Society | Daniel Mackay, Tea Society | Eleanor Myers, Global Brigades Society | Ella Baggaley Simpson, Penal Reform Society | Faiza Siddiqui, Islamic Society | Harriet Lavin, Penal Reform Society | Jun Feng, Itchy Feet Travel & Backpacking Society | Rebecca Dudley, Intersectional Feminist Society | Saajan Keshwala, Hindu Society | Ushma Shah, India Society | Valentin Wiesner, RAG | Yo-En Chin, TedX Society | Zunair Akbar Jaffrey, Entrepeneurs Society

 

LSESU: Outstanding Contribution

Akmal Rafiq | Hannah Kearsey | Isabella Bicket | José Agustín de la Puente | Joseph Donaghey | Martha van Bakel | Samantha Pinter-Thompson | Waleed Malik | Zulum Elumogo

 

LSESU: Honorary Lifetime Member

Amaima Fatima | Fathia Begum | George Bettsworth | Isobel Clare | Meghna Mohanka | Riham Mansour | Jasmina Bidé | Sarah Castellanos | Julia Ryland | Olivia Vaughan | Rahat Siddique | Busayo Twins | Zoe Bennett | Taryana Odayar | Angharad Hopkinson

 

 

 

 

Your 2017 Winners:

 

Clubs

Badminton | Cycling | Jiu Jitsu | Table Tennisl | Taekwondo

 

Societies

Anime and Manga Society | ASEAN | Beekeeping Society | Conservative Society | Czech and Slovak Society | Economics Society | Energy Society | Fashion Society | India Society | International Arbitration Society | Investment Society | Japan Society | Labour Society | Outdoor Adventure Society | Penal Reform | Student Action for Refugees | TedX Society | Visual Arts Society

 

Clubs

Cricket | Dance | Men’s Rugby | Netball | Pole Fitness | Ultimate Disc

 

Societies

Debate Society | Board Games Society | Economics Society | Entrepreneurs Society | Gaming Society | Law Society | Music Society | Pride Alliance | Women Leaders of Tomorrow | Baking Society

 

Clubs

Athletics & Running | Rowing | Women’s basketball | Women’s Football | Women’s Rugby

 

Societies

AISEC | Hindu Society | Intersectional Feminism Society | Islamic Society | Itchy Feet & Backpacking