How to apply

Details of all categories open for nominations can be found at, as well as the key criteria for each award and tips on submitting a quality nomination. This year the criteria for each award are all based around our NUS Quality Students’ Unions programme which you can read more about over at


For students’ unions wanting to be considered for awards in the nations (NUS Wales and NUS Scotland Awards) you must submit your nomination by 19th February 2016. The nominations of the winner of each category will automatically be carried over into the NUS Awards 2016 and you won’t need to resubmit.

You can submit your application online for any award. Should you want more information or need the nomination form in a different format please email

How are the awards judged?

The NUS Awards 2016 will be judged by an independent panel of experienced and influential people from across the education sector and beyond. They will be judging submissions using the criteria we’ve announced and these questions form the basis of the nomination form so you should answer the questions as best as you can with as much relevant information as possible. The judges will be looking at the questions you have answered on the nomination form in line with the Quality Students’ Unions guidance. More information about this can be found here.

Where are the awards held?

The NUS Wales Awards ceremony will take place on the first evening of  NUS Wales Annual Conference on 9th March 2016. The NUS Scotland Awards ceremony will take place on 18th March at the Apex Hotel, Dundee.

The NUS Awards 2016 ceremony will take place at NUS’ headline Students’ Unions 2016 conference; a two-day gathering of staff and officers from students’ unions sharing and showcasing the very best from across the education and voluntary sector . Details of this event will be coming soon.

How can I get involved?

Get involved in sharing your inspirational stories and exciting successes.

Join the conversation on Twitter using the #NUSawards16 hashtag.

Let your local community and organisations from across the country know you’re entering –inspiring and encouraging students from across the movement and those around your local area to get involved in supporting your nomination.

Who do I contact?

If you would like any further information about the awards, submitting entries, stories from last year’s winners or details about the ceremony itself please email the NUS Awards team at