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Student Volunteer Award Categories

Nominate student volunteers to reward and celebrate their outstanding contribution in any of the below categories. Please note that only current Imperial students can nominate for an award. 

Nominations are opening on Monday, 12 April. 

To submit your nomination visit: Nominations

Check out the categories below:

Group Awards

Outstanding Student-Led Online Activity

A stand-out, student-led activity - be it an event, a series of events, initiative or campaign - that embraced the online format. This activity engaged students and delivered a positive impact on the student body.

  • Criteria (click to expand)

    Your nomination must be a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 250 words to be considered. Your nomination should clearly refer to all of the below criteria points to be considered and use examples where possible to aid the panel in making their decision: 

    • How the activity delivered a positive impact on the student body
    • Consideration of inclusivity and how this was applied to the activity
    • Creativity in utilising the online format of activity

Outstanding Contribution to Student Life

In a challenging year, individual people or student groups who go the extra mile to impact student life have been even more important. These individuals of groups have taken it upon themselves to be the beacon of positivity in trying times, and have been determined to keep the student community together throughout.

  • Criteria (click to expand)

    Your nomination must be a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 250 words to be considered. Your nomination should clearly refer to all of the below criteria points to be considered and use examples where possible to aid the panel in making their decision: 

    • How they have had a positive impact on the Imperial community
    • Adapting to challenging circumstances to maintain student communities
    • Role modelling positivity and helping others be positive

Outstanding Club, Society & Project

Awarded to the Club, Society or Project that has created a long lasting, positive impact on student life at Imperial. They will also have been active in the wider community and/or completing charity work, have excellent communication with the Union, a positive presence both physically and on social media, and had a financially stable year. 

  • Criteria (click to expand)

    Your nomination must be a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 250 words to be considered. Your nomination should clearly refer to all of the below criteria points to be considered and use examples where possible to aid the panel in making their decision: 

    • The impact the Club, Society or Project has had on the student body
    • The effective functioning of the Club, Society or Project, leading it to run above and beyond the expectations of Clubs, Societies or Projects
    • The introduction of new events or initiatives to guarantee the sustainability of the Club, Society or Project

Outstanding Academic Representation Network Team

A Departmental Rep team that has ensured democratic and effective representation of the views of their constituency and has improved the teaching and learning experience of their students in a lasting and measurable way.

  • Criteria (click to expand)

    Your nomination must be a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 250 words to be considered. Your nomination should clearly refer to all of the below criteria points to be considered and use examples where possible to aid the panel in making their decision: 

    Has demonstrated the ability to work as a team to:

    • Successfully tackle a problem relating to the academic experience of their peers
    • Enhance the student community in their department
    • Participate in active communication and collaboration with their peers

Outstanding Wellbeing Representation Network Team

A Departmental Rep team that has ensured democratic and effective representation of the views of their constituency and has improved the wellbeing of their students in a lasting & measurable way.

  • Criteria (click to expand)

    Your nomination must be a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 250 words to be considered. Your nomination should clearly refer to all of the below criteria points to be considered and use examples where possible to aid the panel in making their decision: 

    Has demonstrated the ability to work as a team to:

    • Successfully tackle a problem relating to the wellbeing of their peers
    • Enhance the student community in their department
    • Be active in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in their department

Individual Awards

Union Colour

Union Colour, Outstanding Service Award and Union Fellowship recognise those individuals who have given significant and repeated outstanding contributions to the student experience at Imperial and the life of the Union throughout the year. There are three main criteria that count towards an award: depth (significance of contributions), breadth (range of contributions and how widespread their effect is), and time commitment. The greater the volume of all three dimensions together, the higher the award received.

  • Criteria (click to expand)

    Your nomination must be a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 250 words to be considered. Your nomination should clearly refer to all of the below criteria points to be considered and use examples where possible to aid the panel in making their decision: 

    • For the award of Union Colour, at least one of the above criteria must be present. 

Outstanding Service Awards

Union Colour, Outstanding Service Award and Union Fellowship recognise those individuals who have given significant and repeated outstanding contributions to the student experience at Imperial and the life of the Union throughout the year. There are three main criteria that count towards an award: depth (significance of contributions), breadth (range of contributions and how widespread their effect is), and time commitment. The greater the volume of all three dimensions together, the higher the award received.

  • Criteria (click to expand)

    Your nomination must be a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 250 words to be considered. Your nomination should clearly refer to all of the below criteria points to be considered and use examples where possible to aid the panel in making their decision: 

    • The Outstanding Service Award should be awarded to those individuals who have, in addition to the requirements for a Union Colour, gone above and beyond their role, repeatedly, to enhance the student experience. Thus, at least two of the above criteria (depth, breadth, and time) should be present above a certain area threshold.

Union Fellowship

Union Colour, Outstanding Service Award and Union Fellowship recognise those individuals who have given significant and repeated outstanding contributions to the student experience at Imperial and the life of the Union throughout the year. There are three main criteria that count towards an award: depth (significance of contributions), breadth (range of contributions and how widespread their effect is), and time commitment. The greater the volume of all three dimensions together, the higher the award received.

  • Criteria (click to expand)

    Your nomination must be a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 250 words to be considered. Your nomination should clearly refer to all of the below criteria points to be considered and use examples where possible to aid the panel in making their decision: 

    • The Imperial College Union Fellowship shall only be awarded to those individuals who have continuously served the Union and/or enhanced the student experience in an exceptional manner, usually over a number of years. The three criteria described above should be present above a certain volume threshold.