Love York Awards

7th June 2018

Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York

YUSU's annual event the Love York Awards moves to the fantastic venue at the Joesph Rowntree Theatre on Thursday the 7th of June. This prestigious event recognises and rewards the achievements of all students here at the University of York.

The theme of the 2018 Love York Awards is Community and we have focused our awards and venue to reflect this theme to highlight the importance of work between the University of York and the City of York.

Whether it's a society who has created an inclusive and social environment, a volunteer who has provided assistance to members of the local community or a course rep who went above and beyond the call of duty, these awards exist to recognise them.

This year there have been a few changes to the awards, including the first College Sport Award to recognise the valuable contribution collegiate level sport makes to the student community. Our Full-Time Officer (YUSU Sabbatical Team) have also expanded our Extra Mile Award to recognise 5 individuals making valuable contributions across a broad range of activities.

We are also running a campus ballot for a new award to highlight an Honorary Achievement for Outstanding Contribution to the City of York. We will be asking students to vote for the organisation that is making a significant positive impact on the lives of our students within the City of York community.

Award Categories

Click on each category to find out more.

An academic rep is someone who strives to make improvements to their course or the general academic experience of students studying at University. There are lots of academic reps on campus including course, department and faculty reps as well as individuals and groups. This award highlights excellence of an individual in their role.

Strong student-led campaigns make a difference to individuals or groups on campus, in the community, nationally or even internationally. All varieties of campaigns are accepted for this award, from diversity and liberation, environmental, promotional, political and much more.

This award recognises the work of an individual or group who have shown dedication, passion and innovation to improve the wellbeing of students or raised awareness.

This award will be given to an individual or group or network that have made a positive contribution to equality, inclusivity and diversity on any scale.

This award recognises the creativity of a student or student group who have addressed any demand or issue using an innovative and enterprising solution. This could be starting up a new business or enterprise (project/event).

Charities change the lives of people in need and this award recognises the great fundraising contributions to charity by individuals, groups or fundraising events.

The Volunteering Award is awarded to an outstanding volunteer or group in recognition of their dedication, efforts and impact in the community or wider nationally, or even internationally.

New for 2018, this award highlights the strength of college sport which is open to everyone of all abilities. The Love York Awards will recognise a college or college team who have excelled in fostering an inclusive atmosphere and performed well as a team on or off the pitch.

Student Media takes skill, hard work and dedication to produce - with many roles behind the scenes. This award recognises outstanding individuals, teams, groups and events that demonstrate the benefit of student media at York or those who have made a significant impact to improve the quality of student media.

This award recognises the hard work and dedication of any society, (no matter how big or small) on the value they have added and difference they have made to the University Experience this year.

We are recognising the breadth and scope of events run by students this year, by splitting the category into three areas.

The Best Event for Widening Participation recognises an event that has taken into consideration under-represented groups such as people with disabilities or other minority groups to enable them to participate.

The Best Small Scale Community Event highlights student-led events that are high-quality in content and create a community environment.

The Best Large Scale Entertainment Event showcases the biggest and best events led by students.

This award recognises the hard work and dedication of a student committee who have excelled over the academic year.

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This award recognises the work of an individual that has led and inspired others to achieve great success.

This award recognises a student who has made a positive contribution to university life across their time at York so far. Whether they have been heavily involved in one area or many, their dedication and involvement will have been considerable. This award takes into consideration the contribution from their entire student life.

Our Full Time Officers want to recognise those students who do fantastic work but would be unlikely to be formally recognised for their efforts. These unsung heros will be decided by each Sabb’s criteria:

Union President Alex Urquhart:

  • This award recognises an individual who has personally sacrificed their own time and effort for the benefit of others. Be that for a large and recognised initiative/ activity, or for the the benefit of a single person in need. This award is for an individual that has put others first.

Activities Officer Mikey Collinson:

  • This award recognises an individual who has been enthusiastically involved in student activities (other than Sport) and supported student groups to have a positive impact on their members. Although they may go unnoticed, their passion, commitment and contribution to student activities is outstanding. They have helped to develop their student groups and the experience of others as part of them.

Academic Officer Julian Porch

  • This award recognises an individual who lives and breathes what they study. Whenever you talk to them about your study, they inspire you with their energy and enthusiasm for their subject and research interests. Their ability to talk about new ideas, exchange knowledge and foster intellectual thought is emblematic of the academic spirit.

Community and Wellbeing Officer Mia Shantana Chaudhuri-Julyan

  • This award celebrates an unrecognised individual student who has devoted their time on any scale to promoting unity in diversity, advocating for an under-represented group or simply inspiring others with their progressive attitude and passion for social justice.

York Sport President Laura Carruthers

  • An individual whose contribution to Student Sport here at York has had a phenomenal impact on those around them. This individual will have been entirely dedicated throughout the year, contributing proactively to their respective sporting community and having a positive impact on those around them, making Sport at York more accessible and engaging for all.


Nominations are now open for
the Love York Awards 2018!

This is your opportunity to nominate yourself or someone else that you think deserves one of our prestigious awards.

We usually get hundreds of nominations, so make sure yours stands out. Remember, to win the race, you’ve got to be in the race.

Nominations will close at 5 pm on the 27th of April 2018.

Nominations for this years awards have now closed.

Entry Criteria

You can enter or be nominated as an individual or as part of a group, ratified or unratified* with YUSU. Please check each individual category description for further information on who can enter.

  • Entries should demonstrate contribution to the University or our wider community
  • Your activities must have taken place during the last 12 months
  • You can enter multiple nominations
  • Groups and individuals can be entered for multiple categories
  • Entries and nominations must be submitted on the official application form
  • Entries received after the closing date will not be considered

*Except for Student Media Award & Society of the Year Award which must be ratified student groups


The nominations will be checked to ensure they are in the right category and then will be shortlisted before a final judging panel. Judges will be given the criteria from the nomination form and will consider innovation, effort, contribution, skill development and impact.

Nominations will first be checked before shortlisting and then sent to a final judging panel.

The decision of the judging panel is final and no feedback will be given on individual nominations submitted.


Our fantastic event would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors.
Thank you to the following for their support and enabling us to highlight the wonderful efforts of Students at the University of York.

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