It’s time for another hall of fame focus…

You may have noticed we have a selection of great– but how much do you know about the people who have won them?

In our series of interviews we’ve been finding out more about the different winners behind the trophies on display in the Concourse.

This time it’s our very own VP Engagement Claire Gilbert talking about The EVA excellence in volunteering awards – Commitment

What are the EVA excellence in volunteering awards?

The EVAs are an annual event to celebrate the amazing achievements of all the different volunteering that happens within the Union. There are seven categories that students nominate fellow students from including commitment,  leadership, innovation, collaboration and impact. Both individuals and groups have the chance to be recognised in one of the biggest events of the year.

What did you do to win The EVA excellence in volunteering awards – Commitment?

On reflection I had been busy as a Student Leader (Performing Arts Officer) helping my committee, setting up a careers session, directing a show in Edinburgh, producing two shows in Southampton (including one in the Nuffield) and performing in one other. I had also taken part in the Sabbatical Officer review, helped out in various focus groups including tutor provision and generally dedicated far more of my time to SUSU than my degree…

How did it feel when you won?

I had no idea I was even close to winning so it was completely shocking (as people can see in the SUSUtv filming where I talk absolute gibberish in my acceptance speech, video below!) it was an overwhelming feeling really!

Why should people get involved with the 2014 EVA awards?

It’s basically just a brilliant chance to discover all the amazing things our students do – I was so impressed at the variety of causes our students engage with – the cross country president’s dedication to disabled sport blew me away!

How can they nominate?

Nominations will open online in early March so people should keep their eyes peeled for when they can shout about the amazing achievements of everyone around them!

Watch Claire’s acceptance speech here –




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