Liverpool Guild of Students Win Student Opportunities Award

Fri, July 10th, 2015

Liverpool Guild grab the prize at NUS awards 2015

The National Union of Students (NUS) is delighted to announce that Liverpool Guild of Students has won the Student Opportunities Award at the NUS Awards 2015.

The NUS Awards ceremony was held last night (Wednesday 8 July) on the final day of Students’ Unions 2015 at the Macron Stadium in Bolton.

Liverpool Guild of Students won the award for their commitment to increasing student opportunities, encouraging students to move from their own individual interests to the interests of the wider community and student body.

The union has increased access to participatory budgets for societies and has also introduced mentoring, providing regular catch-ups to check that societies are meeting their goals and to identify any training needs. It has also held a series of master classes, from script-writing to education for Sustainable Development, to increase the number, range and quality of opportunities available. Society memberships have increased by 2000 this year alone.

The union has also launched several programmes in order to increase student participation. The Give it a Go programme ensures that there are continual opportunities for our members to ‘try’, while the Union’s Volunteering initiative has seen over 200 organisations/projects registered and over 800 applications to volunteer registered from 514 registered volunteers. Meanwhile the Leave Liverpool Tidy programme has seen 3.9 tonnes of refuse collected and recycled last year.

Harry Anderson, President at the Liverpool Guild of Students, said:

“We’re overwhelmed with the award and we’re really glad to have got some recognition from NUS.”

Richard Brooks, NUS Vice President for Union Development, said:

“I’m really proud to announce that Liverpool Guild of Students has won the award for Student Opportunities at the 2015 NUS Awards. The Awards are fundamentally about celebrating excellence across the many and varied activities of students' unions.

“We're building a fairer, better education system and a more just world. I hope the awards encourage, inspire and, most importantly, build pride in our national efforts towards that. The unions that have won awards have shown the ability to organise students and make a real change both in the lives of their students and the world around them.”

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