LSESU Awards 201819

The SU Awards is a celebration of the most outstanding students and achievements at LSESU. This years theme is going to be British Garden Tea Party! We will be awarding students that are the most active, most engaged,those who have made real change and those who embody the spirit of LSE and the Union. Make sure you get your applications in for your STARS Applications so we have get a record number of Clubs and Societies recognized for their hard work! The Criteria for STARS and the support documents can be found on this page.

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!

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.

Please make sure you upload a completed checklist of the level you think you are and as much evidence/documentation/links/information/photos as possible related to you your STAR application and its criteria so it makes awarding you that much easier! Please find the links above!

No Evidence = 0 Points

Bronze = 1

Silver = 2

Gold = 3

 

Awarding ranges

No award = 0-6

Bronze = 6 -13

Silver = 14 – 22

Gold = 23 - 27

Excellence in Operations

Training:

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

Silver = B+ 1 committee member must attend a Consent Workshop You Can Book Here (AU Clubs must also send 1 committee member to Allied Training)

Gold = S+ A Committee member attended at least 1 beyond the classroom session - You Can Book Here https://www.lsesu.com/skills-and-training/beyond-the-classroom/

 

Core Operations:

Bronze = Completed Core Paperwork Through-out the year including Coaching Contracts, Events forms etc

Silver = B + Attended a Development meeting with your coordinator (Natasha or Rich/James - Book one by emailing them)

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 (Find more expense 365 info here)

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

G = S+ successfully applied for and secured extra funding whether through external or internal funding. (Find more funding opportunities here)

 

Communications:

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

S = Have 2 active social media platforms and submitted at least 1 promo form with pictures and info about the group.(Submit promo forms here)

G = S+ evidence of regular proactive communications on at least 4 communications channels, not including your lsesu.com page (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 (Attach links & photos and submit event/trip forms here if you haven't already)

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 (Why don't you collaborate with one of our new Liberation Networks or Part Time Officers)

 

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 register your group by the time of the awards (End of April 2019 - AGM guidance can be found here)

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 in February

G = S+ one of your committee members must attend 1 UGM per term on behalf of the group or submit a motion for change (Info can be found here)

 

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)

 

Apply or Nominate for an Award Here And click the boxes below to see what awards are on offer with their criteria

 

Campaigns 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

- Best Sustainability Initiative

This award is for a sustainability specific project or event, that pushing for sustainable change on a local or national level through positive action, lobbying, raising awareness or changing the LSE.

To achieve this award, the initiative must evidence: having clear aims and how they met them, having engaged with students to create change, working with other stakeholders to achieve their aims

 

 

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

 

Societies 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 2018. 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.

- 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 Categories

- 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.

- Best New Fundraising Initiative

A new project or event that has gone above and beyond to raise funds for an outside charitable cause during the academic year that has brought a new piece of student experience to LSE.

 

- Best Student Union fund Project

A project or event that was supported by the new Student Union Fund to support the community, wellbeing and education of students at LSE.

To achieve this award, the project/event must have: Been completed and evaluated, be innovated, have been successful against its 3 main aims and must have engaged a range of LSE students.

- Best Creative Contributor

Awarded to the individual who has made the big input into the creative sphere at LSE by contributing to a creative outlet, event, or group on campus.

To achieve this award, the student must: have made a number of contributions or an outstanding contribution to any part of creativity at LSESU and had an overall positive impact through their contributions.

- Best Creative Initiative

Awarded to a group or person who has delivered an exciting creative performance/event/project that represents the best of LSE creative talent.

To achieve this award, the initiative must: have had clear aims, delivered a concept behind the initiative, engaged students to participant or attend

- Best Student Group Trip

Awarded to student group who delivered a national or international trip that has enriched the community experience at LSE

To achieve this award, the student group must: have made the trip inclusive, have clear aims that were met including developing community spirit or educational development, been as open as possible to members

 

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.

- Taha Saei Award

Taha Saei was an exceptional student at LSE who sadly passed away after his time as student. As a former president of the Boxing club he excelled in his academic life whilst dedicating a significant portion of his time volunteering to better the LSE community and student experience and competing to the highest level. This shall be awarded to an individual in a club who has excelled in all areas of the their academic, sporting and volunteering endevours.

To achieve this award the person must have: been performing at a high sporting level, performing well in their academic studies and making a contribution to the LSE community through volunteering.

- LSESU Honors

This is the highest award that the Students’ Union Sabbatical Officers can bestow upon an LSE student. This award is granted to those who have displayed an outstanding contribution to achievement or excellence to a specific or range Union Activity. The nominee must be graduating from the LSE in this academic year.