By Alan Davies
Saturday, May 12, 2012
OUTSTANDING work in the community was recognised at the University of Hertfordshire Students’ Union annual awards in Hatfield.
* RaG Awards
RaG Outstanding Contribution Award: Charlotte Erskine
RaG Fundraiser of the Year: Paul Amanatidis
RaG Team Leader of the Year: Hannah Smith
RaG Committee Member of the Year: Laura Walia
* Student Representative Awards
Student Representative Outstanding Contribution Award: Cath Brooks and Daryl Craine
Student Representative Special Recognition Award: Ben Butters
School Student Representative Organiser of the Year: Laurence Cowderoy and Michelle Maguire
Student Representative of the Year runner-up: Marc Slater
Student Representative of the Year: Jamie Middleton
* TRAKS Awards
TRAKS Trainer of the Year: Martin Smith
* Volunteering Awards
Community Champion: Amy Ogle
Best Volunteering Group: Active Students Sport Makers
Student Links Award: Oriental Society
Volunteer of the Year: Kwaku Ankapong
* Society Awards
STAMPS Silver Accreditation: Poker and Hindu Society
STAMPS Gold Accreditation: Drama, Sri Lankan and Believers Loveworld
Society Charity Fundraising Award: RACE Society
Society Community Volunteering Award: St John Ambulance LINKS Society
Best Society Event: Drama Society - Alice in Wonderland
Best Society Collaboration: PSiFA Society and Harry Potter Society
Most Improved Society: Alternative Music Society
Best New Society: Outdoor Society
Society Committee Member of the Year: Mital Thakrar, Hindu Society
Society Committee of the Year: Sri Lankan Society
Society of the Year: Believers Loveworld Society
* Media Awards
Soap Boxer of the Year: Kate Snowdon
Media Outstanding Contribution Award: Annie Vaughan, Luke Osbourne and Esther Garcia del Carpio
Best TV Programme: UHSU Elections
Best Feature or Article: Jamie Cawthra - Keeping the Internet Open - How PIPA Wants Us All to Be Sad
Best Radio Show: Callum Hale
Best Media Committee: Crush Radio
* Special Awards
Rising Star Award: Matthew Creasey
Employability Award: Kenny England
Union Fellowship Award: Ben Butters
Attended by Welwyn Hatfield mayor Carl Storer, university deputy vice-chancellor, professor Graham Galbraith and dean of students Ross Renton, the Student Recognition Awards celebrated those at the Hatfield-based uni who had made a significant contribution over the past year.
More than 30 trophies were presented, honouring volunteers to community champions and university societies.
The Student Links Award, which highlights the work of university students interacting with local primary and secondary schools, was awarded to the Oriental Society.
The team held an interactive origami workshop at St John’s C of E Primary School in Lemsford.
Amy Ogle, a student whose project led a mural wall decoration at Sandridge School, won the Community Champion trophy.
The St John Ambulance LINKS Society received the Society Community Volunteering Award.
This was after members devoted hundreds of hours at venues and events across the county, including attending WGC Football Club, Welwyn Rugby Club, at Watford’s Vicarage Road Stadium, University of Hertfordshire American Football team matches and the London Marathon.
Student Kenny England received the Employability Award, sponsored by the university’s careers and placements service.
Kenny was part of a team who achieved a student radio first by making a completely visual radio show, gaining reviews including comments made online by esteemed radio blogger Matt Deegan, Radio 1 executive producer Joe Harland and coverage by Radio Today.
UHSU president Erica Masefield said: “It is great to celebrate the achievements of our students throughout this year.
“The Students’ Union offers many opportunities to learn new skills for students to enhance their employability and interact in the community, so it is great to see so many students getting involved.”
Dean of students Ross Renton added: “As a university we are very proud to support the Students’ Union with this initiative.
“We have some amazing students here and it is really inspirational to see so many of them volunteering in the local community and supporting each other.”
The University of Hertfordshire Students’ Union provides independent representation and support to the 27,500 students attending the Hatfield university.
Based on the College Lane Campus, the students’ union offers opportunities and services to students ranging from over 90 societies, an advice and support centre, job centre, lettings office, retail shops, skills training and volunteering projects.
* See www.uhsu.co.uk for further information.