The Excellence in Volunteering Awards



The Excellence in Volunteering Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise contributions around the Students’ Union, University and local community and this year they are even more glamorous than before! We have spent lots of time really shaking the awards up to make sure we truly are rewarding absolute excellence, as well as providing a fantastic night out for all involved! The EVA’s will be held on the 4th May in the West Refectory and will bring glitz with a Hollywood theme!

Are you a super society, dedicated JCR, course rep, media mogul, community volunteer?

Take a look at the different categories, there is something for everyone! Perhaps you have engaged students and increased your membership? Perhaps you know someone who has shown extraordinary leadership skills? I am sure you know someone who is super dedicated to what they do….NOMINATE THAT PERSON NOW

Our volunteers put in a lot of time throughout the year so please ensure that you spread the word to your committees and through your mailing lists so that everyone gets a chance to get the recognition they deserve.

The nomination page is now open:

Do not hesitate! And remember to buy your tickets for an event that will end your year of hard work in an awards ceremony to be proud of.

Best of Luck,


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9 Comments on "The Excellence in Volunteering Awards"

  1. Emily
    08/03/2011 at 11:48 pm Permalink

    Rather confused that you’ve reduced the number of awards available. surely you should have at least matched the previous number of awards. it’s about recognition of student involvement and achievement – reducing the number of awards is surely demotivating.

  2. Emily
    09/03/2011 at 2:11 pm Permalink

    Hi Emily, I’m a big fan of EVAs and recognising student achievement, but have a few concerns about this year’s awards.

    I noticed there are significantly less awards than in previous years. In my opinion the whole point of SUSU and the EVAs is to help recognise as much student achievement as possible, there shouldn’t be attempts to make them more exclusive, surely that goes against the whole ethos of the Union?

    Furthermore, the categories are so wide-ranging its hard to understand where people, groups, societies and JCRS fit in. SUSU is meant to promote students working togther, and yet there is only one category for ‘collaboration’, does this mean that all the other awards are for individuals? Are JCRs, societies etc not going to be recognised as teams, but from individuals picked out?

    Its quite unclear what people can nominate people for too, a lot of people and previous awards can fit into several categories – it makes the nomination process much less accessible.

    Plus, getting an award for ‘impact’ sounds a bit less substantial, an official title such as ‘Best DJ’ or ‘Best Event’ looks a million per cent better on student CVs when applying for jobs.

    Who decided the new categories? I can’t understand how students would ever reccommend this new system. Would be a massive shame if one of the fastest growing events in the Union calander became something students weren’t interested in. I know a lot of people who work very very hard for the Union – individuals, societies, JCRs etc – the EVAs is sometimes the only chance these people have to be recognised for their achievements, it would be a massive shame if they were overlooked.

  3. Emily
    09/03/2011 at 2:26 pm Permalink

    Really disappointed with the changes made to the EVA’s this year.

    Reducing the amount of awards, taking the focus away from socs and depts successes and changing the venue all smack of down scaling the importance of volunteering in SUSU.

    Can you imagine what would happen if the AU Ball was treated in a similar way? I think we are being unfairly singled out.

  4. Emily
    09/03/2011 at 5:44 pm Permalink

    Hi all,

    Thanks for your comments, it is encouraging that the EVA’s provokes student participation in how it is developed for the future.
    I hope that this response will answer some of your questions and fears and put them into context with why the EVA’s is a bit different this year.

    1. Reducing the amount of awards: Each year, the EVA’s has developed more and more and more and more awards to ensure that EVERY student who participates within SUSU is rewarded in some way, shape or form. I want to see the EVA’s return to what they were originally designed to do, which was to award excellence. With the help of EVA’s committee, we have been discussing new ways of rewarding and recognising volunteers throughout the year and not just in May through one awards ceremony. The EVA’s often struggles with timescale to appropriately recognise award winners as there are so many awards to get through.
    I would like to explain the reduction in awards as refining them to ensure that they truly mean something to the winners. The winners will have competed against a larger body of students to achieve something truly representative of excellence.
    It is now our task as student leaders, and your task as students to ensure that over the next year we come up with new and exciting ways of recognising our volunteers THROUGHOUT the year, in a number of forms that accurately represent the time and effort that has been put into them.

    2. Changing the titles.
    This is an interesting one and I dont think it comes across properly on the website. Basically, we are asking you to come up with your own titles, the titles of the awards that YOU want to recieve. You can still entitle your award Best DJ for Surge, but it comes under the category of Impact or Engagement etc.

    I hope this answers some of the key questions, our predominant aim has been to heighten the reputation and purpose of the EVA’s as true excellence and matching it to the Mission Vision and Value of the Students’ Union so that the awards really mean something and provide students with evidence of tranferrable skills that they can apply in future employment. For example,’I recieved an award for engagement after my work as a high performing JCR committee’

    Finally, you can also apply to ALL the categories as either an individual or a group,. The only category that is individual is that of ‘The Volunteer’

    Hope that this helps you to understand it further!

  5. Emily
    14/03/2011 at 11:39 am Permalink


    until when are the nominations for EVA awards open?

  6. Emily
    14/03/2011 at 11:46 am Permalink

    Hi Marina,

    They are open until Friday 1st April.

    Nominations will be announced on the 6th April

    Ticket sales will start around 22nd March

  7. Emily
    David Gilani
    16/03/2011 at 9:58 pm Permalink

    I don’t have any experience of the EVAs, so I’m sorry if this doesn’t make much sense.

    I think this is a great opportunity to take pressure away from this one night of the year. Previously, it seems, the EVAs have been an attempt to try and thank every volunteer for their masses of help with SUSU, which is just a shame. The volunteers of SUSU deserve so much more than one night, and the way Emily has made changes seem to allow this to happen.

    With EVAs honouring only the very best, it should help SUSU to thank its volunteers all year round through other means. I just hope this happens, rather than seeing a vaccum where only the best are thanked on that one night of the year and everybody else never even gets a mention.

  8. Emily
    16/03/2011 at 10:35 pm Permalink

    Thanks David,

    With our newly appointed Head of People Development having our volunteers high on the agenda, I can assure you that thanking volunteers throughout the year WILL happen.
    We are trying to ensure that over the coming years we make improvements on the planning and delivery of training to equip all volunteers with transferrable skills, and that we also provide you with lots of new and exciting opportunities!

    It is also about getting the reward right. We want to hear from our student volunteers! We want to know about what you are volunteering for and how you want the time and effort that you put in to be recognised.

    Ultimately, this is a dual responsibility between the leadership team including the sabbaticals and the STUDENTS themselves who are the best ones to let us know how they want their recognition to be delivered…and this may mean doing some innovative, diverse and creative events, campaigns and training over the next few months.

    I for one am looking forward to seeing what we can develop together!

  9. Emily
    Fair system?
    07/04/2011 at 10:30 pm Permalink

    I was just wondering how the winners are decided as I have heard that the sabbs are the ones who decide the winner but themselves are also allow to nominate – and especially seeing the high amount of people associated with the ‘SUSU clique’, it would worry me that only the sabbs get the final descision as they likely know these candidates very well?

    Also, will nominees not be short listed? Seeing as approx 150 are up for nominations it seems a bit ridiculous that there are so many relsease as ‘nominees’..especially at the ceremony when you read “and the nominees are…”? haha!


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