On Wednesday 10 May we hosted our third Student Rep Celebration at the HUBS. As part of Fabulous Fortnight this evening gave recognition to the hard work of all our Student Reps over the year. This was also a time for Students to give recognition to university staff who have supported them throughout the year. With 168 nominations for the eight awards on the night there is no denying the wide reaching impact our Student Reps have had this year. Student Reps have affected positive change throughout the year including changing assessment deadlines, organising more rehearsal spaces, building staff student relationships and much more. The theme for this year's event was shining stars.
The celebration evening kicked off with a drinks reception and a buffet full of Mexican treats. Luke Renwick the current Education Officer and President elect was the host for the evening opening by drawing attention to the fabulous work of all Student Reps this year. Luke invited Christina Hughes the Pro VC for Student Experience to the stage who gave a speech detailing the importance of Higher Education experiences. After this, it was onto the most anticipated part of the night the all-important awards.
Katy Johnson, Natasha West & Chloe Garner were shortlisted for SBS Course Rep of the Year with Chloe Garner winning the award. Chloe has developed trusting relationships with tutors and when she was unable to attend meetings she took the time to arrange one-on-one meetings with her course leader.
Mohammed Saad Iqbal took home the award for ACES Course Rep of the Year with Aleksandra Mazur & Amy Leake also being shortlisted. Saad heard the voice of students and collaborated with professors and staff to ensure the best learning experience for students. He gathered feedback not only pertaining to the course but also overall issues regarding University services.
Samuel Holmes Sarah Ellis & Jody Sill were shortlisted for the D&S Course Rep of the Year, but the winner was Sarah Ellis. Sarah created several online surveys, talked to students face to face, and used social platforms to communicate with students. In meetings Sarah would make sure she delivered the positive and negative feedback in a clear order.
Sharne Hawksley won the HWB Course Rep of the Year award with Hanlie Fouche & Jordan Oakley being shortlisted. Sharne brought together the Level 6, Level 5 and new Level 4 Course Representatives and forged a proactive and enthused group, which has thrived due to her positivity, drive and commitment to the course and to the University.
Department Rep of the Year was awarded to Anna Robson. Anna was described as a dedicated, committed Rep with excellent time and project management skills. She always puts in extra effort and is detailed in her feedback. She is always coming up with ideas, extremely proactive and is willing to make things happen - to make a change and a meaningful difference.
Support Staff of the Year was awarded to Amy Newton who has gone out of her way to help Course Reps and Department Reps with many different aspects of their roles. Amy always conducts herself in a friendly and professional manner and makes being a Student Rep fun.
Michael Meredith won the award for Academic Staff of the Year. Michael helped sort out pretty much everything brought to him. He has motivated students and also has a great knowledge - so you know when you ask him he will likely have an answer!
Biggest Impact award was given to Jenny Foster and Oomgah Kramer. The pair have represented their group to shape the ANSW programme, not only through feedback and acting as conduits for information, but also in developing new assessments, assessment calendars, improving teaching and learning approaches and encouraging more cooperative working across departmental teams (nursing and SW).
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. This was a fabulous celebration of all the hard work and dedication shown by Student Reps, University staff and the Representation Team at the Students' Union throughout the year. We are so proud of the progress that has been made this year on behalf of students. Don’t forget to watch our video highlights!
Have you been inspired by these Student Reps? Think you could represent your course or department? Find out how you can become a Rep (or see who your current Student Rep is) on our website.