2016 NUS Awards Categories and Criteria

 

 Students’ Unions – 3 winners; FE, HE, Small and Specialist

  • How has the union ensured that it meets the needs of its members?

  • What steps has the union taken over the last year to ensure that the democratic processes that are used to make decisions are open and inclusive?

  • How is the union changing the world around it in line with its objectives and members needs?

 

Campaigns

  • What did the campaign set out to achieve?

  • How was the campaign delivered and who was involved?

  • What did the campaign achieve and what change has been made to students and the community as a result of the campaign?

 

Enterprise

  • What are the main aims of the enterprise and who was involved in creating it?

  • How does the enterprise ensure that its services have responded to the needs of those using the service?

  • How does the enterprise show innovation and the ability to ‘make things happen’ by overcoming challenges?

  • What steps have been taken to establish the project as a sustainable enterprise?

 

Student Opportunities

  • How has the students’ union made sure members feel able to participate in initiatives, projects, campaigns or activities? How have these increased the opportunities available for students?

  • How have activities and opportunities benefited the student population or the wider community and what changes have been made as a result?

 

Diversity

  • How has the students’ union demonstrated and strengthened its commitment to equality and diversity in the past year?

  • How has the students’ union ensured that the views of a diverse student population have been heard effectively? What projects, campaigns or innovative ideas has the union worked on that demonstrate these practices?

  • What change has been seen as a result of this work?

 

Education

  • How has the union ensured that students (course reps/learner reps/dept societies) have been able to collectively work on and solve issues that they face, making lasting change??

  • What projects or campaigns have been run this year to enable students to become active partners in their education?

  • What changes have been made in the institution and what positive impacts have been made for students as a result of this work?

 

Officer Team of the Year

  • How has the officer team effectively represented the views of the students’ union members?

  • How has the officer team worked together to benefit the student population or the wider community and what changes have been made as a result?

  • How can the officer team demonstrate collaboration on this work?

 

Staff

  • How has the staff member exceeded the expectations of their role and gone beyond the normal call of duty?

  • How have they been an inspiration to others and exemplified the values of the students’ union?

  • What has been the impact of their work and how has this benefited the student population or the wider community?