The winners of the Guild Awards, which recognises staff and students who have made a positive impact on your student experience, were announced last week.
Now in its ninth year, the annual awards evening is always a highlight and this year was no different. A range of societies and individuals were recognised during the event, from a vlogger to The Sphinx. The full list of winners are below.
Congratulations to all nominees and finalists.
Course Rep of the Year: Henry Curtis-Pelgrift
Henry is really passionate about improving the communication between students and the department for their cohort. Henry’s focus on feedback for postgraduate research students, completing an excellent Enhancement Project on this subject, has ensured that there is a vibrant postgraduate community and experience for students in his department.
Halls’ Student Committee of the Year: Dover Court HSC
The Dover Court HSC has created a welcoming and inclusive halls environment. Their wide range of social events has created a real sense of community, a place where everyone can make new friends.
Biggest Impact on Liverpool Community: Roisin Ross
Roisin had made a real impact not only on campus, but across Liverpool too. She is a dedicated and passionate case worker at MRANG, supports the continued efforts of Help the Homeless society and STAR, while also volunteering and fundraising for Childline and Macmillan.
Biggest Impact on University Community: The Sphinx
The Sphinx always ensures quality coverage of a range of stories, events and issues relevant to Liverpool’s student body. They create an opportunity to develop excellent journalistic and communicative skills, while transforming student media at the University.
Fundraiser of the Year: Help the Homeless Society
Help the Homeless society have not only raised money for their chosen charities, but have worked collaboratively to collect items for the vulnerable and worked with charities directly. They have helped create ‘Bags of Love’ with MerseyAid, made candles with the Whitechapel Centre and have taken part in the annual Sleepout fundraiser.
Activist of the Year: Amina Olabi
Amina has brought the tragedies in Syria and the Syrian plight into the forefront of the public consciousness across the Guild, University and Merseyside. Amina uses her deep commitment to human rights and social justices to create dialogue across campus, giving a voice to those who need it most.
Guild Spirit Award: LGBT+ Society
LGBT+ Society has created a safe space within the University and a home at the Guild for students to feel welcomed and accepted. Their events during Give it a Go and joint efforts with other societies cater for all with an inclusive and friendly attitude.
The Challenge Award: Dance Society
Dance Society creates a fun and exciting place for each of their members to be themselves and grow as a person. The committee continually challenge and push their members to be the best they can be, shown through their Dance-athon for Children in Need and highly successful annual Dance Competition.
The Innovation Award: Sikh Society
Sikh Society’s Langar on campus allowed members to explore the Sikh ethos while putting the Sikh values into practice. The event saw the society give out free fresh Indian food to over 500 students increasing awareness of the society across campus.
The Development Award: Orthoptics Society
Orthoptics always aims high. This year the Society has successfully made links with their Sheffield counterpart, which has been beneficial on both a social level for members and for their employability. The Society develops and supports their members academically with revision material and skills sessions and socially by ensuring great relations across the years.
Campaign of the Year – Sanitary Product Collection – Help the Homeless and Feminist Societies
The grassroots campaign was a testament to the collaborative efforts of Help the Homeless and Feminist societies. The societies used the Guild’s outlets to collect sanitary packs to distribute to women who can’t afford such a basic necessity, bringing awareness to an often neglected issue.
The Sustainable Award – Animal Conservation Society
Animal Conservation Society, scoring highest in the Green Guild Flag Award, have been committed to raising awareness of how environmental issues affect animals whilst also increasing the wildlife around us through events such as seed bombing.
Teacher of the Year (HLS) – Rosie MacDiarmid
Rosie’s engaging and informative lectures really show her passion for animal welfare encouraging her students to become compassionate vets. Rosie’s approachable nature and excellence, not limited to the lecture halls, has had a staggering impact across the Department.
Teacher of the Year (SE) – Laura Harkness-Brennan
Laura is an inspiration to all of the female students in the Physics Department. Laura’s innovative lectures and outreach events encourage and educate all involved.
Teacher of the Year (HSS) – Stuart Wilks-Heeg
Stuart enthusiastically shares his political expertise campus-wide through his teaching, interviews with LS Radio and excellent commentary to political events. Stuart’s dedication to his students (and average email response time of three minutes) makes him a real credit to the Department.
Outstanding Support – John Harpur
John’s open door policy offers students the comfort and support they need to get through the trials and tribulations of student life as a whole. John’s friendly manner, as well as knowing all of the students by their first name, upholds the close knit community of the Chemistry Department.
Society of the Year – Feminist Society
Feminist Society continually raises awareness across campus of their positive message that women are welcomed. Their events such as Black Her-story Month, Feminist Friendship and Ask a Feminist gives their members an opportunity to explore feminism in all areas. Their reactionary meeting following the outcome of the American Election provided the support and platform for the society to voice their concerns together.
Outstanding Contribution to the Guild – Sophie Greener
Sophie uses her skills as a video blogger, volunteer and political campaigner to spread the world of the Guild. Her YouTube channel informs current and prospective students on all aspects of the Guild from A Day in the life of the (Vice) President to exploring Sikh Society.