Last week I went to the annual Student Awards ceremony. The Student Awards is an event run by the university and students’ union which celebrates the achievements of individuals and student groups throughout the year. The event took place at Stamford Court, the university’s conference facility in Oadby Student Village. After a welcome from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience and an inspirational keynote speech from Dr Suzie Imber, a space scientist at Leicester who won the recent BBC series ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes?’, we were treated to a three course dinner followed by the award presentations. It was really inspiring to hear about all the fantastic things my fellow students have been up to, from giving up their time to help and support others both within and outside the university, to taking part in a range of activities to support their personal development, as well as a range of fantastic events and campaigns organised by student groups.
I was attending to represent SLUGS (Students of Leicester Universities Guides and Scouts), a society which I have been involved with throughout my time at Leicester and spent 2 years as a committee member. We were nominated and shortlisted for the Student Group Innovator of the Year award for the work we’ve done to help establish a sister committee at DMU and support them setting up as their own society. Unfortunately we didn’t win the award and lost out to Computing Society who have worked hard this year to increase their membership numbers and run a wider range of events. It was great to go to the awards and hear about the fantastic achievements of my fellow students and societies, plus who can say no to a free meal?! Congratulations to all who were nominated and all winners!