On Friday 19th June the Students’ Association's annual celebration event The STAR Awards took place online. Every year The STAR Awards are held to recognise and celebrate the hard work our volunteers and student groups carry out.
14 awards were up for grabs including GCU Student of the Year, the Lindsay Leadership Award and Societies, Representation and Liberation and Student Media Awards.
Lots of wonderful nominations were received for these awards and after much deliberation the following winners were chosen.
GCU Student of the Year Award:
Adil has won the common good award, participated in many charity fundraising initiatives and also ethical and environmental campaigns. Adil has worked timelessly and shown great commitment to GCU’s motto: For the Common Good.
Lindsay Leadership Award:
Monica has had multiple leadership roles and has worked hard this year to reflect on her leadership skills and style focusing on developing her problem solving skills. Monica developed this skill by leading the team at The EDIT. She has utilised her problem skills in order to support team members, empower them and enable them to achieve.
Academic Rep of the Year:
Narinder was described as being a ‘positive individual’ who took the time to get feedback from everyone in the class. She was also described as being someone who put the “utmost effort” into helping to improve the learning experience for their class mates, helping to get extra classes and coursework extensions for the class.
Liberation or Representation Group of the Year:
The LGBT+ Students’ Group group was commended for their work in making the students they represent feel safe and represented on campus as well as educating others on the issues LGBT+ Students can face. The group have worked well with other lib/rep groups on campus and enabled lifelong friendships.
Ethical & Environmental Award
Extinction Rebellion have been busy working with the GCU Estates team to see how campus can be operated more sustainably, and hosted countless events on campus to promote the cause.
Nightline Volunteer Of The Year Award
Nightline volunteers must remain anymous. However this award was given to a volunteer who has been a part of Nightline for 3 years and has made a substantial contribution to the service through her dedication to service delivery, covering 32 shifts amounting to 408 hours. She devoted much of her personal time to attending both regional and national Nightline Conferences and supporting countless meetings and new volunteer training. She has been an invaluable addition to the services and will be sorely missed!
Society of the Year:
The nursing society has managed to engage their members well throughout the year. The society focussed on their members physical and mental health. Furthermore, during the covid-19 crisis, the society have supported their members with an amazing online presence.
Best New Society:
The GCU Racing Society was commended for their efforts to recruit students from all courses such as engineers, accountants and marketing students. GCU Racing has also been a place to create lifelong friendships and was said to hold key values such as leadership and community. The team have been busy building a formula 1 race car to enter into a worldwide student comeptition. We can’t wait to see how they grow next year!
Best Society Event:
The Ethical Hacking Society built a top team of event professionals, marketing students, design students and of course cyber security students to deliver the west of Scotland's first student led cyber security conference. The conference took place in October 2019 at GCU with 160 attendees. The event was extremely slick and professional, and we are so proud to see them pick up this award.
Best Overall Contribution from a Committee Member:
Child Nursing student Kimberely Brown took home this award after successfully relaunching the Nursing Society. Kimberley worked hard to build a committee to take over the running of the society. Kimberley is extremely passionate about fostering a peer support network amongst the nursing cohort. She is also the main reason the society exists and is so well established today,
Student Media Awards:
Radio Caley – Best Behind the Mic:
Rachel was a new volunteer this year and hosted or co-hosted a total of 3 shows on Radio Caley. She was said to have become more confident as the year progressed and was commended for her easy listening and well researched shows.
Radio Caley – Best Overall Contribution:
Head of IT at Radio Caley for the past few years, Chris was said to be the backbone of Radio Caley, his contribution unparalleled, and responsible for the success of the station. He will be sorely missed upon graduation this year.
The EDIT – Best Article:
Callum was commended for his ability to deliver a truly in depth article, which stood out to the judging panel. You can read the article here: http://www.theeditgcu.com/music/more-than-meets-the-ear-mick-n-phil/
The EDIT – Best Overall Contribution:
Abbie has been an integral part of The EDIT, always reliable and there for any help and support. Abbie is always keen to work hard and take on any extra responsibility. She is taking on the Editor In Chief position this year, and we can't wait to see what's next for Abbie and The EDIT.