Winners Announced for STAR Awards

Strath Union are pleased to announce the winners for the annual Student Achievement and Recognition (STAR) Awards.

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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.”

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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

Special Dedication

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

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