It has been another exciting year for our societies, student staff and Departmental Student Coordinators and for the first time ever, we celebrated each of their successes on the same night. On Friday 5th May, students and staff came together for a dinner, awards ceremony and of course, an after party in the Stretch Bar.
Sadly, it was also our President Danny’s last function in the position, and as part of his speech, he noted all the exceptional things we have achieved this year, from becoming one of the first unions in the county to offer scholarships for refugees and asylum seekers and winning £20,000 in activities funding, to creating the Disabled DSC position, the first of its kind in the country.
To quote Danny on the night: “… this union wouldn't have achieved any of this without all of you. It's at the inter-section of activism and activities that we achieve our best. From the course rep to the society president, all of us, together are f**king unstoppable.”
Before recognising the winners, the awards night also saw a brilliant performance from special guest Luisa Omielan. Luisa’s ‘What Would Beyonce Do?!’ has gone on to become one of the most successful stand up shows to come out of the Edinburgh fringe, with sell out performances in the West End, Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore, LA, New York and Toronto.
Departmental Student Coordinator Awards
This year's DSCs presented a brilliant set of Annual Projects, which covered everything from campus space to how courses are managed.
Every year these student-led projects lead to lots of changes, and epitomise the approach we promote: students as partners in their education, involved in decision making, collaborating on everything from where the institution invests its money to what our curriculum looks like.
The four categories this year were, DSC of the year, DDSC of the year, Win of the year and Best Project group. The winners were:
DSCs of the Year - Helena Miles and Maurice Brown
DDSC of the Year - Avery Delany
Annual Project Group of the Year - Course Management
Win of the Year - Andrew Rolland DDSC Music Department
Student Staff Awards
Of course, the Union wouldn’t run without our amazing staff members who work day and night to make sure all of our services work. The categories this year were for Evening Staff, Day Time Staff and the “Above and Beyond” Staff Member. The awards went to:
Student Staff Members of the Year
Evening Staff - Henry Asplin
Daytime Staff - Leah Kurta
“Above and Beyond” - Siwan Fflur
And for the final part of the awards ceremony, societies and their members were rewarded for all of their time and hard work that they put in throughout the academic year. From societies who have shown the most improvement and those who have put on the best event, to the President award recognising great leadership, these are the winners:
Most Improved Society of the Year – Visual Cultures Society
New Society of the Year - Anthropology Society
Society Committee Member of the Year - Fiona Sim (LGBTQ Society) and Anna Deater Deckhard (Musical Theatre Society)
Fundraising Group of the Year - CoppaFeel! Society
Student Media Personality of the Year - Joe McAlister (Smiths Magazine)
Event of the Year - Sex Tech Hack (Hacksmiths Society)
Society President of the Year - Debbie Luxon (English PEN Society)
Student Media of the Year - Wired Radio
Society of the Year - Acting and Filmmaking Society
Congratulations to everyone who won an award or was nominated - and here's to another amazing year of activities, team work and student representation at Goldsmiths!
See the Facebook photo album from the night and tag your friends here.