Strath Union are pleased to announce the winners for the annual Student Achievement and Recognition (STAR) Awards.
One of the most prestigious events of the year for Strath Union Volunteers, the event formally rewards individuals and groups who have gone above and beyond for the Union and within communities.
Presented at a formal dinner at the Union, a total of 50 individuals, 27 clubs and societies and 11 projects were in the running for an award across six different categories.
With awards raging from Sports, Education, Diversity, Clubs & Societies and dedicated individuals; the Union wouldn’t be able to run if it wasn’t for the hard work and enthusiasm from students across campus.
The top gong of Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Laura Matheson, for their work in the Welcome Week during Freshers' and her creative approach in promoting and raising awareness of the Union. Laura said: "“I am incredibly appreciative and grateful to be nominated, let alone to win this year’s Volunteer Of The Year Award, in recognition of the volunteering work I have carried out.
"I am proud not only to stand alongside many hard-working and caring volunteers within my category, or within the awards ceremony as a whole, but I am proud and grateful for every volunteer that is able to give any of their time to benefit the lives of others. I can think of no greater reward than to make a positive difference in someone else’s life: understanding, supporting and caring for others. I continue to do all that I can for the good of others, and encourage anyone to join me in doing so.”
Sara Cowan, Vice President Volunteering & Development, said: “Student volunteers make such a difference at Strathclyde. Every social, ball, fundraiser, networking event makes Strathclyde a community that stands out from the rest. Being a volunteer is often hard because the effort sometimes goes unnoticed.
"Student volunteers are so important because without them, Strathclyde would be nothing more than lifeless buildings.
"The Star Awards is about thanking student volunteers. Regardless of whether they win an award or not, they are valuable to Strathclyde and we are lucky to have so many incredibly talented and community focused students."
The full list of winners are:
Sports Volunteer of the Year: Lucy King and Fiona Barclay
Business Rep of the Year: Amir Al Lawati
Engineering Rep of the Year: Stephen Ugwuanyi and Ross MacKenzie
Hass Rep of the Year: Emily McIlhatton
Science Rep of the Year: Calum Macrae
Rep of the Year: Sophie Gwynne
Liberation & Campaigns
Activist of the Year: Rosie Smith
Campaign of the Year: Nominate Her Campagin
Liberation Officer of the Year: Peta Angie Matusová
Community Project of the Year: Foodbank Collabrative Collection
Community Society of the Year: Strathclyde Women In Leadership
Community Volunteer of the Year: Joceline Edwina Teja
Award for Services to the Student Community: Strathclyde & Caledonian Nightline
Clubs & Societies
Course related Society of the Year: Electrical & Mechanical Engineering
Faith & Culture Society of the Year: SUMSA
Hobbies & interests Society of the Year: Chess
Media, Arts & Music Society of the Year: The Strath Photo Club
Political & Activism Society of the Year: Strathclyde Feminist Society
Best New Club: Pole Fitness
The Astrid Yeates Charity Event of the Year: Strathclyde International Development
Collaboration Award: Nerdfest
Event of the Year: EME - Faraday Challenge
Newcomer of the Year: Dilusha Aloysious
Club & Society of the Year: Strathclyde Women in Leadership Network
Volunteer of the Year: Laura Matheson