University Awards Season 2016

As we come to the end of the academic year, the University is busy with their awards season. These evenings celebrate the amazing achievements of individuals and groups from across the University in a range of different fields. The main awards evenings this year were…

  • Society Awards
  • Sports Awards
  • V-team (Volunteering) Awards
  • Student Choice Awards
  • Student’s Union Staff Awards
  • Course Rep Awards
  • International Student’s Association Awards

Although, I didn’t attend the Student Choice Awards, it was great to hear that one of my amazing lecturers, Annie Eddington, received Personal Tutor of the year. She has been a great help to me during this year and it was fantastic to see her being recognised for the kick ass work that she does!

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Annie Eddington receiving Personal Tutor of the Year at the Student Choice Awards

Our Deputy Departmental Administrator, Rachele Winn, also the won the Best Support award for her dedication to the department. I always see Rachele working hard when I swing by the department, so it’s great that she got the recognition that she deserves.

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Rachele Winn with her Best Support award

The awards that I had the most involvement in were the Society awards. At this evening, I watched in awe as societies, that I’d have seen develop over the year as Arts Convenor, be recognised and celebrated. It was a spectacular night with several performances from societies themselves complimenting the awards being given out. Here are a few highlights from the evening…

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Freya Martyniak: one of many performances on the night

Gold Standards

This was the category that I presented along with Theo, the Music Convenor. Societies, which receive either a Bronze, Silver or Gold standard, represent the best that Essex has to offer. In order to gain this recognition, societies have to display a high level of engagement and commitment to their societies by fulfilling a set criteria.

I was lucky enough to present 2 of the Arts Societies with this accolade at the awards; the Theatre Arts Society and the Photographic society. In particular, the Photographic Society really deserved the award as they have grown massively over the year from a small society to one of the best on campus. It was also pretty special handing the Gold Standard over to the Theatre Arts Society, as it is not only a society which I’m a part of, but it’s also the 7th year in a row in which they have received the accolade.

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 The Photographic Society President and Vice President with their Gold Standard

Society of the year

Another amazing moment for me on the night was seeing the Theatre Arts Society win the most prestigious award of the night; Society of the Year. This award represents  a society that has been extremely active across the year and has offered an unbelievable experience to all of its members.

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Past and present members of the Theatre Arts Society with their awards from the evening

Take a look at the video highlights of the night (including my hand at 1:01)


This evening also signified an end to my year as Arts Convenor, as I now pass over to my successor. It has been a really interesting role to take on and it’s been brilliant to see how societies work and working with them to improve further.

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Societies Guild Commitee and Staff from the 2015/2016 academic year

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