The Societies Awards evening was held on Thursday 26 June to celebrate the amazing achievements of the society execs over the course of the year. And the winners are:
Society of the Year: PPE Society
Attract some of the most high-profile speakers campus has ever seen; a society that even with these big headlines cares about its members so much that it runs a mentor scheme for them, it runs an Erasmus buddy scheme to keep students connected who have gone on years abroad; and it runs a Professional Mentoring Scheme, pairing current students with recent PPE alumni and professionals. In order to attract postgraduate members to their society they worked with Warwick Consulting Society on a project to find out exactly what it is that hinders postgraduate engagement with their society at the moment. This also gave an opportunity for the Consulting Society to practice their consulting skills on a live project.
Most Improved Society: Warwick ACS
ACS have had an extraordinary year, tripling their membership and putting on some of the most spectacular society events. They’ve exemplified the strong sense of community and have showcased their many talents across a range of events, as well as running one of the most successful and vibrant society balls of the year.
Best New Society: Harry Potter Society
Harry Potter society have quickly developed into one of the fastest growing and popular new societies on campus. Despite being new to the scene, they made their presence felt at freshers fair with a scintillating stall which wowed all those who passed them.
Best Society (Film & Media): RaW 1251AM (Radio Warwick)
Raw have continued to excel to their own high standards again, delivering exceptionally high standard radio broadcasts to the campus. With a diverse range of shows, they have shown they can cater to almost any demographic. This year RAW broadcasted 100 hours of live content from the piazza in early February, raising just under £2,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, braving the ice cold conditions and treacherous winds.
Best Society (Arts): Music Theatre Warwick (MTW)
This year they produced and performed a stunning rendition Sweeney Todd in the Arts Centre – this is one of the most technically challenging productions the Arts Centre has ever accommodated. Students had the opportunity to be involved not only through performing directly, but also as musicians, directors, costume designers, producers and marketers of the show. Additionally MTW were selected as one of the productions which was selected to perform at the National Student Drama Festival for their production of RENT. They’ve also hosted two sell out runs of “Shaken not stirred- a student written musical” and for their run of “Guys & Dolls”. They are set to go to perform their Improv musical at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time ever! They also have a Football Team which won the Warwick Active Wednesday League Plate; ran extra development workshops and run MTW Juniors – a course of drama classes run every Sunday for local children.
Best Society (Cultural): Warwick Islamic Society
Cater for almost 500 worshippers for Friday prayer each week; feed approximately 100 people free dinner for the 30 days of Ramadan in the summer, and reached out to hundreds of students through their Discover Islam Week with a series of events to facilitate interest, discussion and companionship amongst all students on campus. High levels of fundraising in the Charity Week; their great connections with other faith societies on campus; and by their red roses project, where 1000 roses were given out to students on campus with a message attached that forms a core belief of Islam aimed purely at spreading peace and love.
Best Society (Community): St John Ambulance Warwick LINKS
A society that gives students the opportunity to gain and develop their First Aid and Caring skills. They also provide first aid event cover both at the University and at national events. Since January this year, they’ve ranked fifth across the entire West Midlands region in terms of volunteering hours. They’ve been involved with the Canal and River trust in cleaning the Leamington Canal as part of the SU’s Love Community campaign, have exhibited at the SU’s Mental Health Awareness Day and provide first aid training for many of our societies and students.
Best Society (Academic): ChemSoc
ChemSoc run a weekly ChemCafe where students can get help with work from their peers; they ran a Masters Project Event in which masters students from the research groups in the department were invited to talk to 3rd year students about their research; they also introduced a new mentoring scheme; continued to develop their outreach project where students visit primary and secondary school children to give scientific demonstrations and inspire them; raised £300 for Cancer Research UK, and worked closely with the PPE Society to help them develop an initiative that ChemSoc won awards for last year.
Best Society Event: Warwick ACS – AfroFEST
ACS’ AfroFEST – a production of dance, music, drama and comedy carrying the audience through a journey exploring black history, highlighting the plights and successes from pivotal men and women who gave their lives to fight for equality. The standard of the performance was astonishing; as was their organisation and ability to pull off one of the most visually stunning society events in our societies history. As our Promotions Manager said “Not only is the ACS jammed-full with some of the most talented individuals I have ever encountered at Warwick, their vision, organisation and delivery of AfroFEST was second-to-none. In my time at Warwick SU, working with the ACS on AfroFEST has been the most worthwhile and rewarding experience.”
Outstanding contribution awards
For going above and beyond their call of duty the Outstanding Contribution awards go to:
- Nat Shiers
- James McLachlan
- Lucienne Otten
- Jack Busby
Congratulations to all involved!