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The Kent Union Awards has been running for 6 years and celebrates the fantastic achievements and contributions of our volunteers, student staff and temps.

Do you know an individual or a student group that deserves recognition for what they have achieved this year?

  • Nominations open on Monday 3rd April
  • Nominations close on Sunday 30th April
  • Shortlisting takes place in May
  • Ticket information to be released shortly
  • Kent Union Awards take place on Wednesday 24th May in the evening
Temp of the Year

A Kent Union Temp who:

Has a positive attitude, goes the extra mile in their role, provides outstanding customer service and is supportive of colleagues.

Student Staff Member of the Year

A Kent Union Staff Member who:

Has a positive attitude, goes the extra mile in their role, provides outstanding customer service and is supportive of colleagues.

Team Leader/Duty Supervisor of the Year

A Kent Union Duty Supervisor/Team Leader who has a positive attitude, goes the extra mile in their role, provides outstanding customer service, recognises and celebrates team successes and acts as a role model.

Team of the Year

A Kent Union student staff team who:
Have a positive, can do attitude, going the extra mile in their roles
Genuine collaboration and teamwork, using the skills of team members
Made an impact which could not have been achieved without effective teamwork

Dedication to Volunteering

For an individual who has volunteered in the last 12 months with either a local community organisation or charity, Kent Union or the University. They will have performed above and beyond the duties of their volunteering role resulting in considerable impact on the volunteer provider.
Must be nominated by another student or the organisation/charity they volunteer with.

Community Volunteer of the Year

This award recognises an outstanding contribution to the voluntary sector, performing above and beyond their volunteering role in the local community within the last 12 months. This could include raising awareness of a project, gaining positive publicity or attitudinal changes (the effect on those taking part).

Student Leader of the Year

Open to anyone who has shown leadership skills in their student group or role which has resulted in a positive change. Please give clear evidence to back up your nomination.

Student Rep of the Year

This award goes to the student rep who has made the biggest changes to their students' educational experience and has constantly campaigned and delivered for students throughout the year.

Campaign of the Year

The winner of the Campaign of the Year will be a campaign run by a student or student group which had a significant impact on the lives of students or others. The campaign will have used creativity to achieve its objectives utilising available resources and communications channels.

Campaigner of the Year

This award will go to an individual who has delivered significant change for students or others through campaigning in the last year. They will have gone out of their way to improve the lives of others, will have inspired others to participate, will have given up their time and may have overcome adversity to do so.

Student Committee of the Year

This award will go to the student committee that has achieved a significant amount of change, support and fun for the students with in their halls and University group. This includes providing entertainment through Welcome Week and the year, engagement with new and current students, campaigns and raising money for charity.

Best Event

The event must be run/organised by a group ratified by Kent Union.
Awarded based on how the event meets the purpose of the group, percentage of membership taken, administration of the event, marketing of the event and outcome of the event (what did the members gain?).

Fundraising Impact Award

Awarded based on the impact of a fundraising event. This could take into account the purpose, any objectives set, how successful it was, money raised, press coverage gained, the number of people involved and their experience.

 Dedication to Inclusivity and Diversity Award

Kent Union prides itself on being an inclusive Students’ Union- it’s one of our values. This new award is about providing inclusive events and activities to our diverse membership, creating lasting cultural changes where inclusivity is embedded in everything we do. The winner will have focused on widening participation, and being open to any Kent Union member, group or committee.

Outstanding Achievement

This award will go to a group or individual who has made an outstanding achievement in their field this year.

Most Developed Sports Club of the Year
(shortlist announced at Team Kent Ball)

Awarded to the club who has displayed high achievement over the year, including improvement through membership size, performance, participation, organisation or fundraising.

Society of the Year
(shortlist announced at Activities awards)

The society that has delivered a fantastic experience to its members, contributed to the Kent Union community, and is constantly striving to develop. (Is not dependent on numbers of members – just the quality of the members’ experience.)

Volunteer Society of the Year
(shortlist announced at Activities Awards)

A volunteering group that has contributed to the student population or the wider community. They’ll have worked as a team and positively involved all the membership in decisions and activities and worked towards raising awareness of their group and their purpose.

Outstanding Contribution to Student Media
(shortlist announced at KIC awards)

This award recognises the outstanding commitment, passion, and dedication exhibited by one volunteer who has volunteered for one or more of the media outlets; KTC, InQuire and CSRfm.

Lifetime & Honorary Member

Life & Honorary membership exists to recognise exceptional contribution to union life and to the student body.
Is there anyone you know who has:

  • Has shown commitment to serving in roles of responsibility in Kent Union
  • Leaves behind a legacy
  • Has made a real difference to a particular part of Union life
  • Has done something outstanding in the 2016-17 academic year
Temp of the Year
Student Staff Member of the Year

A Kent Union Staff Member who:

Has a positive attitude, goes the extra mile in their role, provides outstanding customer service and is supportive of colleagues.

Team Leader/Duty Supervisor of the Year

A Kent Union Duty Supervisor/Team Leader who has a positive attitude, goes the extra mile in their role, provides outstanding customer service, recognises and celebrates team successes and acts as a role model.

Team of the Year

A Kent Union student staff team who:
Have a positive, can do attitude, going the extra mile in their roles
Genuine collaboration and teamwork, using the skills of team members
Made an impact which could not have been achieved without effective teamwork

Dedication to Volunteering

For an individual who has volunteered in the last 12 months with either a local community organisation or charity, Kent Union or the University. They will have performed above and beyond the duties of their volunteering role resulting in considerable impact on the volunteer provider.
Must be nominated by another student or the organisation/charity they volunteer with.

Community Volunteer of the Year

This award recognises an outstanding contribution to the voluntary sector, performing above and beyond their volunteering role in the local community within the last 12 months. This could include raising awareness of a project, gaining positive publicity or attitudinal changes (the effect on those taking part).

Student Leader of the Year

Open to anyone who has shown leadership skills in their student group or role which has resulted in a positive change. Please give clear evidence to back up your nomination.

Student Rep of the Year

This award goes to the student rep who has made the biggest changes to their students' educational experience and has constantly campaigned and delivered for students throughout the year.

Campaign of the Year

The winner of the Campaign of the Year will be a campaign run by a student or student group which had a significant impact on the lives of students or others. The campaign will have used creativity to achieve its objectives utilising available resources and communications channels.

Campaigner of the Year

This award will go to an individual who has delivered significant change for students or others through campaigning in the last year. They will have gone out of their way to improve the lives of others, will have inspired others to participate, will have given up their time and may have overcome adversity to do so.

Student Committee of the Year

This award will go to the student committee that has achieved a significant amount of change, support and fun for the students with in their halls and University group. This includes providing entertainment through Welcome Week and the year, engagement with new and current students, campaigns and raising money for charity.

Best Event

The event must be run/organised by a group ratified by Kent Union.
Awarded based on how the event meets the purpose of the group, percentage of membership taken, administration of the event, marketing of the event and outcome of the event (what did the members gain?).

Fundraising Impact Award

Awarded based on the impact of a fundraising event. This could take into account the purpose, any objectives set, how successful it was, money raised, press coverage gained, the number of people involved and their experience.

Inclusivity and Diversity Award

Kent Union prides itself on being an inclusive Students’ Union- it’s one of our values. This new award is about providing inclusive events and activities to our diverse membership, creating lasting cultural changes where inclusivity is embedded in everything we do. The winner will have focused on widening participation, and being open to any Kent Union member, group or committee.

Outstanding Achievement

This award will go to a group or individual who has made an outstanding achievement in their field this year.

Most Developed Sports Club of the Year
(shortlist announced at Team Kent Ball)

Awarded to the club who has displayed high achievement over the year, including improvement through membership size, performance, participation, organisation or fundraising.

Society of the Year
(shortlist announced at Activities Awards)

The society that has delivered a fantastic experience to its members, contributed to the Kent Union community, and is constantly striving to develop. (Is not dependent on numbers of members – just the quality of the members’ experience.)

Volunteer Society of the Year
(shortlist announced at Activities Awards)

A volunteering group that has contributed to the student population or the wider community. They’ll have worked as a team and positively involved all the membership in decisions and activities and worked towards raising awareness of their group and their purpose.

Outstanding Contribution to Student Media
(shortlist announced at KIC awards)

This award recognises the outstanding commitment, passion, and dedication exhibited by one volunteer who has volunteered for one or more of the media outlets; KTC, InQuire and CSRfm.

Lifetime & Honorary Member

Life & Honorary membership exists to recognise exceptional contribution to union life and to the student body.
Is there anyone you know who has:

  • Has made a significant and long-lasting impact on the student community at Kent
  • Has shown commitment to serving in roles of responsibility in Kent Union
  • Leaves behind a legacy
  • Has encouraged collectivism amongst the student body by creating and enhancing a sense of community
  • Has made a real difference to a particular part of Union life
  • Has done something outstanding in the 2016-17 academic year
  • Has shown commitment to the values of the students’ union