Staff and students joined us for The SU Community Awards evening held on Thursday 19 April at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath. The Community Awards are an opportunity to come together to celebrate the work our volunteers do to enhance the University of Bath community. During the evening awards were given to student Hall Reps, Diversity and Support Groups, PAL Leaders and Peer Mentors.
This has been a fantastic year and we have had many amazing nominations for the awards. What brings all these volunteering areas together is their efforts to create a sense of community and belonging in the student body. We have a diverse community from a huge range of backgrounds and with that, students come here with different expectations of what their experience of university will be like. Our volunteers have been there to help represent or support these students.
In his opening comments at the awards evening, Ben Palmer, The SU Community Officer, highlighted the fact that support on a peer to peer level is so crucial and often underestimated. He praised the attendees saying that they all really are the front line in making other students feel welcome, connected and supported.
Hall Reps were nominated for helping to create a sense of community within their halls by delivering a wide range of events, offering students the opportunity to socialise with their neighbours and build new friendships.
Diversity and Support groups were recognised for their dedication to creating a sense of community where their members can feel supported, connect with each other, and to challenging the University and The SU to create positive change.
Peer Support rewarded Peer Assisted Learning Leaders for running innovative and creative study sessions that supported student’s academic & personal development. An award for Outstanding Contribution to PAL was presented to this year’s five Senior PAL Leaders. Peer Support also recognised Peer Mentors for actively enhancing the overall experience of first year students at Bath.
Dr Fabio Nemetz, Department of Computer Science, was there to see Computer Science students Jigna Parmar & Aliza Exelby pick up the award for Lead Peer Mentors of the Year. The department PAL Leaders were also nominated for the PAL Scheme of the Year.
He said "Another great year for Peer Support in Computer Science. It is fantastic for the students to be recognised by all the effort they put as volunteers – they make a huge difference to other students, helping them transition to University life".
"It’s been a real pleasure to work with them during the year and they truly deserve the awards".
Nele Gewert, who was awarded Hall Rep of the Year said “As a Hall Rep I got involved with The SU very early on, allowing me to feel like part of Bath from day one”.
“It helped me to not only meet new people, but develop skills, laying the foundation for many other opportunities I was able to take up because of my role”.
See the full list of award winners below:
Hall Rep of the Year: Nele Gewert
Hall Committee of the Year: Eastwood A & B
Diversity & Support
Diversity and Support Volunteer of the Year: Charley Harris
Diversity and Support Group of the Year: LGBT+
PAL Scheme of the Year: Psychology
PAL Leaders of the Year: Beth Otter & Ashley Ball from Sport and Social Sciences
Outstanding Contribution to Peer Assisted Learning: Rafaella Antoniou, Lyudmil Bozadzhiev, Carys Worsley, Emma Arnott & Megan Ng
Peer mentor of the year: Soraya Rosidi
Lead Peer Mentors of the Year: Jigna Parmar & Aliza Exelby
A huge congratulations to all of our award winners and nominees. View the full album of photos on The SU Facebook page.