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.
We encourage all Clubs and Societies to apply for STARS awards as this year the rewards are brand new. It also boosts the profile of the student group making you more appealing to incoming students and potential sponsors!
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 all of the criteria you are applying for and how you have achieved it. If you feel there have been issues that have prevents you from being able to achieve a part of a STAR, 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!
No Evidence = 0 Points
Bronze = 32 - 40
Silver = 40 - 44
Gold = 44 - 50
1. Complete a Volunteering Centre feedback form. https://careers.lse.ac.uk/Form.aspx?id=629078 (1pt) This will be sent out through ARC staff and the Volunteering Centre
2. Attend a one-off session with the Volunteering Centre (2pt) They will announce upcoming sessions you can attend on their website You Can Book Here
3. Organise one fundraising event for a charity or your student group in each term (3pts) For eample, this could be a fundraising stall or a charity fundraiser with another group.
4. Deliver an outreach or volunteering scheme throughout the year on behalf of your group (4pts) for example, work with the volunteering centre or open up your activiteis to non-LSE to gain experience within the community,
1. Take part in a Student Union campaign (3pts) for example, host an activity during This Girl Can week or Black History Month.
2. Deliver an event with another student group for example, if you are a career society then organise an activity/event with a special interest or academic society.
3. Develop a health or well-being initiative for example, organise an event through the Active Lifestyle or Wind Down Wednesday programme.
1. Host a Give it a Go event in either Michaelmas or Lent term (2pts)
2. Host at least one open social or inclusive social event with your members (3pts) for example, a non-alcoholic based social or an event open to all LSE students.
3. Host one event that targets under engaged student communities into your activity (5pts) why don't you collaborate with one of our Liberation Networks or Part Time Officers?
1. All committee members to have completed all compulsory training modules and admin rights granted (2pts)
2. Complete a promotion form through the LSESU website to advertise your event. You can do this through the promote your group link (3pts)
3. Your student group has completed their annual development plan and had at least one development meeting with the relevant Union Coordinator (3pts) - this doesn't include attending a drop in session.
4. Maintain an up-to-date page on the LSESU website (3pts)
5. Create a hand-over document for the next committee members (4pts) make sure to include your groups' social media and passwords!
We have added an additional section of criteria which can only be completed by the category your student group falls into (i.e. if you are a faith based group, then only complete the two criteria for Faith). This will give you extra points that are unique to your student group.
1. Organise a collaborative activity/event/trip between the society and the course (2pts) You could use the SSLC repts to help organise this.
2. Provide feedback to your SSLC rep about your course to be taken to the Senior leadership team (3pts)
Activity & Special Interest
1. Organise a public competition or event that is open to all LSE students and the public (2pts)
2. Organise a collaborative event with LSESU (3pts). Either through the Three Tuns or Wind Down Wednesday.
Arts & Performance:
1. Organise a show or workshop open to all LSE students (2pts)
2. Get involved with the Creative Network (3pts) e.g. the Creative Network Fair or Festival of Creativity.
1. Organise a skills-based event to develop your members graduate opportunities/interview preparation(2pts)
2. Work with LSE Careers or LSESU to organise a careers based event for students (3pts)
Charity, Campaigning & Political Network
1. Organise a fundraising/political/campaigning initiative with another similar group at LSE (2pts) e.g. This could be a collaborative event through an existing LSE campaign
2. Host an event surrounding a contentious topic (3pts)
1. Collaborate with LSESU and the 1. Faith centre to organise an inter-faith event (2pts)
2. Develop an event/activity to open up your faith to LSE students to educate and raise awareness (3pts) e.g. this could be an event during inter-faith week, or a unique activity that educates LSESU students on different faiths
National & Cultural:
1. Organise an awareness activity/event surrounding your culture (2pts)
2. Organise a cultural showcase on campus (3pts)e.g. organise a cultural showcase open to all LSE and nonLSE students, this could be during a national campaign to raise awareness.
1. Offer a recreational sport programme (2pts)e.g. a weekly social taster sessions for those who want to try the sport for the first time
2. Collaborate with another sports club to host a joint training session (3pts)