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
No award = 0-6
Bronze = 6 -13
Silver = 14 – 22
Gold = 23 - 27
Excellence in Operations
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/
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)
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:
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
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)