TeamBCU Awards 2020

TeamBCU Awards 2020 Event Logo
Friday, 29th May | 7pm

Online

Team BCU Awards is an end of year event where we celebrate the hard work, successes and achievements of all of our student groups over the past year! Although we might not be celebrating together in person, we're still going to celebrate!

2020 Award Categories

  • Event of the Year


    This award celebrates the amazing events our student groups put on - from charity fundraisers through to collaborative events that involve other societies or external organisations. The winning society will have pushed the boundaries and worked with their committee and your Students’ Union to host an event that stands out from the crowd.


    Nominees

    • LGBTQ+, Interfaith and Women's Societies

      The event for LGBT+ History Month in February was the first time three different Protected Societies had collaborated to deliver an event. A packed room heard talks from:

      1. Tom Matthews, aged 73, who is one of the first people to be diagnosed with AIDS but still lives today to tell his tale. (PRESENTED BY: LGBTQ+ SOCIETY)
      2. Margot James, former MP and now Executive Chair at Warwick Manufacturing Group, who was one of the first out Lesbian MPs in Parliament. She spoke about being a strong and confident person in business and politics, no matter what sexuality or gender. (PRESENTED BY WOMEN'S SOCIETY)
      3. Salma Yakhoob, a former Birmingham City Councillor, who spoke about why being a practising Muslim is not incompatible with accepting every human who whom they are. (PRESENTED BY INTERFAITH SOCIETY)

      I believe this has let to a new attitude of collaboration between various groups, with new collaborations proposed by Harry Jones, so I wholeheartedly believe all three Protected Societies deserve recognition for this ground breaking piece of work.

    • Yoga Society

      Our society was involved in fund raising event organized by Santander Bank which was a successful event even though we couldn’t get the funding but our members had a nice experience.

      Our society also collaborated with Ms Rebecca who had organized an inclusivity event to promote her brand, The Young Club. Her clothing line was in focus with young people who are enthusiasts of exercise and yoga. It also focused on Muslim girls who practice hijab.

    • Women's Football

      I believe that Women’s football deserve this award due to their creativity in putting together an event to replace the Becca Moore’s charity tournament. Instead of the tournament, as a team they aimed to do 500 miles between them and aimed to raise £500. This event raised over £700 for an allergies charity and they done over 500 miles. It would’ve been easier for them to sit at home and do nothing given the circumstances but they still pulled it out of the bag and smashed their goals, raising more money than they ever have for this cause whilst abiding by the social distancing rules.

      For the first time in their sport club history, this sport society held their own events ; 'I'm a Celeb' & 'Valentines Traffic Light' themed nights in which encouraged a wide range of societies to get involved & attend with the 'I'm a Celeb' theme being the most unique event of the year.


    How to Vote?
  • Inclusivity Award


    The winning society actively create a sense of belonging for their members and encourage a diverse range of students to join their group. This could be through hosting inclusive events and activities on campus, or in the wider community.


    Nominees

    • Paramedic Society

      They created a mental health catch up cafe this year which has been amazing.

      Its provided a real chance for students to get to gather in a safe environment and has become a real life line for students.

    • Islamic Society

      Made people aware about Islam, had people from different backgrounds come together participate in stall activities

    • International Society

      International Society has organised and helped international office to organise many events like Digbeth Dining Club, Freshers Party, Holi Event, Christmas Lunch, French Party, Diwali, Nigerian Independence Day. International Society has diverse committee to represent more then 100 students of different backgrounds. The committee members of international society has participated in international activities week and helped new international students to settle in our BCU and in Birmingham. International Society also started campaigns like #WeAreInternationals, One World Week and #SafetyOnCampus.


    How to Vote?
  • Best New Student Group


    The winning society will have set up in the last two years and will have planned and hosted successful events to establish themselves. The society will have held successful fundraising events and will have established a good relationship with your Students’ Union and successfully engaged new members by promoting and running their activities well.


    Nominees

    • English Lit Society

      Lit Soc are deserving of the award as they branched out as much as they could to reach people within and outside the confines of both English students and university students, being all inclusive no matter who is trying to join. They've worked really hard to pick their society back up and to keep events running during the Coronavirus pandemic. The current committee revived the society, organised socials, successfully started a book club, collaborated with the Film Society and merged with the poetry society.

    • French Society

      As a new society, they managed to share their culture through some events and language courses. They promote the French society well and give a real chance to speak with French people. This is a really opportunity for student to improve - French Society is a new society that creates events trough the year and that promotes itself to students. The society has a positive impact on the university and participate to a lot of events to support other societies.

    • Women's Society

      They have consistently worked to the best of their abilities to provide an inclusive space for people to talk and have fun. This year they have managed to get over 100 members and have also put on many events. Despite Covid-19, they still put events on via Instagram and did not let anything get in their way. It’s been a long time coming to bring BCUSU a working women’s society and we finally did it! Through team work and collaboration WomSoc have managed to achieve over 100 members in their first year(!!), connecting women across BCU.


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  • Most Improved Sports Team


    The winning team will have seen a marked improvement from previous years, with a new committee developing the group, improving membership numbers and building a solid grounding for future years. This could involve holding regular events, collaborating more readily with others and improving their performance in competition.


    Nominees

    • Rowing

      Rowing is a very young sports team, only being formed in 2016, it has been in it's infancy for 3 years and how now emerged into a main player in the BCU sport community. BCU Rowing has never lost to Aston at varsity, and has even beaten UOB at multiple rowing events including BUCS events.

      At the start of this year, the club was very small with only 7 members, having lost many members to graduation. The Freshers this year have saved the club from being shut down and have massively improved the club. They stuck with the club through the multitude of difficulties faced this year, and have made it what it is today. A close family of friends.

      On top of the success at rowing events and creating a fantastic club, this year BCU rowing has emerged in a much more social sense. In previous years the club has not socialised with other BCU sports teams, this year, the club has formed some very close friendships with other clubs and has helped to boost the team spirit we all love at this uni.

      In short, the club has not had long to grow, but it has done so in an extraordinary fashion, in a competitive sense, in an intra club sense and in an inter club sense.

    • Squash

      Looking at last year's BUCS, BCU Squash just won one fixture out of all the league games but this year squash stayed undefeated and won the league.

    • Women's Football

      This sport society has continued to develop throughout the season, adapting to managerial decision. Creating a development team encouraging anyone with any ability to join & amp; represent the university, having a successful first team, finishing second in the futsal league as well as obtaining promotion in the football league across the midlands. This sport society continued to run throughout covid-19, supporting one another virtually as well as modifying our annual tradition of hosting a football tournament in memory of Becca Moore; creating a virtual challenge within the club in her honour & raising money to support the charity Action Against Allergy.

      This sport society has improved not only by winning the league (football) in which previous years we've fallen second or fourth but with our futsal team in which in previous years struggled to get the minimum amount of players to train/play let alone a full team with substitutes. In addition to the first team, the development team has also improved with continued growth of players & abilities, they have shown great commitment & strength throughout their individual season despite coming home with losses they continue to represent the university & play with a smile of their faces.


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  • Most Improved Society


    The winning society will have seen a marked improvement from previous years, with a new committee developing the group, improving membership numbers and building a solid grounding for future years. This could involve holding regular events, collaborating more readily with others and creating an action plan to show how the society will remain active.


    Nominees

    • Yoga Society

      The Yoga Society was built in from scratch for this academic year. Although society existed on the page, there was no committee to start the society. Getting all the committee members together and starting the society as fresh with fresh ideas. Our society invested in yoga resources such as mats, belts, and blocks from our collaborative partner, Myga. These resources are an investment for the current members as well as the future society members. Our committee members held two stalls, one at City and one at City south campus, to create awareness of our society and get students involved in yoga. Seeing the success of the classes in City center campus, the City South students had approached the Student Union in lieu of holding classes on their campus too. And we've had quite a bit of success from the city south campus too in terms of student participation.

      Our current society has a total of 63 members, which I believe is the highest number of student participation in this society. As promised by us, we have held regular monthly socials and one retreat to Liverpool. We have been an interactive and engaging society towards all the members. For our ease and the following committee members, we introduced a digital attendance system that keeps track of all the new members and paid members. We have suggested considering the equal number of classes for September intake students and January intake students, by having classes all year round, which as of now is not the case.

      Taking the current lockdown situation in mind, we are planning to hold online classes for our members so that their membership doesn't go in vain.

      From nothing last year, this society has made a big impact on the people that started brand new in September. They have constantly tried to get people involved in bigger events and helped change people's lifestyle for better.

    • Dance Society

      This year the society has really built on the foundations established in the last couple of years, and the goals for the future aim to make it even better than it already is. The society has grown in size having much bigger teams as a whole and introducing a new dance team in contemporary this year on top of the usual wild card team. They held their first social this year and raised alot of money for the society, alot more than expected. As a whole the society was more inclusive this year with links between their different teams and growing in size and strength.

      As being part of the committee for this society this year I am so proud of my members and how we have grown as a proper dance “troop” over the last year. Dance is deserving of this award not only due to the hard work we as choreographers have done to accomplish some full on routines, but how well the rest of the society have taken it in and been committed throughout. Though we only got to compete once this year due to Covid-19, and there was a lot of disappointment, we have continued to run the society with online interactive activities. Our hard work should not go unnoticed as me and my fellow committee members worked 3-4 days a week since September, on top of Uni itself, In order to make this society possible.

    • Criminology Society

      For the past few years, the society was extinct therefore the president brought it back to life. The dedication of this society is incredible in hosting regular meetings to engage all members into discussing about Criminology topics. Moreover, experts have also been involved in launching the society and part of its weekly discussion segments. The president makes sure that everyone ideas are taken on board and we try and find strategies together to grow our numbers already.


    How to Vote?
  • Society Member of the Year


    The winner of this award will be a fully paid society member that has regularly attended society events and activities, and has a positive attitude and commitment to the society. They are considered as friendly and approachable and is a role model to students in and out of their society. This may be through their commitment to society activities, or by supporting other members of the society to push themselves further.


    Nominees

    • Jay Dave (BCUIC)

      Working for the society since the first day of forming it. Handling the mails and Instagram all the time for our group. Very active on the social activities we organise or do some quizzes online just for fun. The idea behind the formation of the society was mainly focused on the BCUIC being a part of the BCU and SU as a whole. Many people before had no idea about what the international college of our university is about. Organising some events in the campus was one of the main motto. Many people engaged in the meet and greet. Recently got elected for the president of the society.

    • Martyn Wright (Rock Climbing)

      Martyn Wright has been a committed member of the society throughout the year, attending nearly every session and all of the events hosted by the committee. He continuously motivates the group and helps members of the society improve their skills and confidence within climbing in order to get the most out of the society. Martyn has been a great help to with running the society when others stepped down and I appreciate the support he has offered to both myself as president and the society to make it the best it could be. His passion for climbing has surely inspired others to get involved and his commitment has been invaluable and should be recognised with this award!

    • Abi Maiden (Pole Fitness)

      Abi Maiden has been a massive part of the BCU pole fitness society. Helping promote and teach others this amazing sport. She has been a part of the society for three years and have taken full responsibility for setting up the shows preform at Players. She help organise class and finding professionals to teach other this amazing sport. Her job doesn't just end with the society as she has raised money for pole fitness and even headed up a campaign call This is Pole to promote the exposure for the sport. The campaign has help people to see that pole fitness is so much more than just strippers. She's been tirelessly working with lead designer Harvey Westwood, a professional designer in advertising that has greatly help make a campaign that will work to get pole fitness recognised as an Olympic sport.

      I think Abi is deserving of this award as she very successfully help plan, and also perform in the people fitness show case to raise money fr their society. Not only does she promote the society well, but she puts in maximum effort in recruiting new members and and making sure current members feel included.


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  • Sports Person of the Year

    in tribute to Rebecca Moore

    The winner of this award will be a fully paid member that has had good individual attendance at training and/or fixtures, even if they’re not picked to play regularly. They will have a positive attitude and commitment to their team, as well as being friendly and approachable. They are a role model to students in and out of the club, and engage well with other sports teams, societies and new members.


    Bec was a dedicated member of BCU women's football, however she sadly passed away in 2015. Bec's passion for football was evident in her contribution to the Women's Football Team and her love for Leicester City. Bec was one of those people that went of her own way for others and always ensured everyone felt a member of the Team BCU Family. For this award, we were looking for an individual who made an immediate impact and showed dedication from the off, as well as always being friendly, outgoing and enthusiastic.


    Nominees

    • Jade Fensom (Women's Football)

      Jade is always positive for the team and does so much work behind the scenes as the team president. When I joined the team as a first-year she was the first to make me feel included and has done for the entire year, as with all the freshers too. Women's Football won't be the same without her next year!

    • Tom Veale (Rowing)

      For being an amazing president, constantly overcoming any problem thrown at him (which ended up being a lot) and always with a smile on his face. Forever including everyone and working hard to develop rowing in to a great sports team. He also developed friendships with other sports team and supported everyone. He is a true players player and is BCU through and through.

    • Jade Semaine (Cheerleading)

      Jade has worked super hard for the past year to make cheer better for all. She has worked hard as an athlete but also as president pushing both comp squads and rec members to get the most out of cheer.

      We’re pretty sure she’s put more hours in off the matts then she has on with all shes done and we wanted the chance for her to be recognised for this.


    How to Vote?
  • Society of the Year


    The winning society will have delivered a wide range of successful events throughout the year, and made a positive contribution to your Students’ Union and other groups. Their society will be financially stable and sustainable and will have seen success in competitions or in their core activity as well as increased membership.


    Nominees

    • Dance Society

      Dance is a new society that has taken off over the past two years, winning trophies and building itself into a large, happy group. Everyone is dedicated and confident, of all abilities, and it is a place of no judgement and for people to have fun and improve on their skills. Their first social this year was also a hit and raised money for competitions, showing their dedication. All the members, committee, comp team and varsity they made a lot of effort during this year to improve the society, the committee this year was amazing!!! They created amazing choreographies and our presentation in Lincoln comp was the best! The team smashed it. Also this year the committee did the very first dance Society social, it was the best definitely! As being part of the committee for this society this year I am so proud of my members and how we have grown as a proper dance “troop” over the last year. Dance is deserving of this award not only due to the hard work we as choreographers have done to accomplish some full on routines, but how well the rest of the society have taken it in and been committed throughout. Though we only got to compete once this year due to Covid-19, and there was a lot of disappointment, we have continued to run the society with online interactive activities. Our hard work should not go unnoticed as me and my fellow committee members worked 3-4 days a week since September, on top of Uni itself, In order to make this society possible.

    • Scratch Radio

      Scratch has been amazing this year and has had a wide range of shows and presenters compared to other years and produce great content everyday of the week including interviews with other societies and members of the University. Scratch Radio is a family. I joined at the start of my first year and I have learnt many skills from taking part which helps towards my Uni studies. A fantastic committee team and I am honoured to take over the role of Station Director from the previous team who have been incredible! Their time, work and effort should be rewarded! Well done Scratch!

    • Crafty Bitches

      Because it has been a wonderful group where i felt welcomed, cherished, happy, loved just like one of them despite being a female group. Represented a place of refuge and relaxing atmosphere at uni where alongside that with their help i developed a passion for knitting and today i can do some really great crafting work that i'm proud off. Combined with social activities, where i was able to get to know some members and make new friend. It really a great society that deserves An Award. Highly involved in charity project with Birmingham City for the homeless. Making and Selling items like gloves, hat etc and giving the money to Birmingham City for the homeless


    How to Vote?
  • Sports Team of the Year

    in tribute to Guy Charlesworth

    The winning team will have consistently put forward full teams for fixtures and performed well overall throughout the year - even if they didn’t always win. They will have engaged well with your Students' Union, including reporting their scores and submitting their paperwork on time. The winning club will have made a positive contribution to BCUSU and other groups as well as ensured their club is financially stable for future years.


    Guy was a dedicated member of BCU Men's Rugby from 2008-2011 who sadly passed away in January 2011. Guy was over 6ft tall, weighing around 20 stone but with a heart of gold, he was warm and welcoming to all and never had a bad word to say about anyone.

    Guy heavily immersed himself with the Rugby team and also BCUSU, and became an essential member of the TEAM BCU family, this award has been given out since Guy sadly passed away to students who have similar traits to Guy, of dedication, loyalty, warmth, love of BCUSU and an all-round positive contribution to life.


    Nominees

    • Women's Football

      The women's football team this year have been outstanding, training hard and producing excellent results. They have had good support at matches which has contributed to their success. They won the league this year which is an incredible achievement! They also had great turn out at socials, were inclusive of new members, and hosted an excellent 'I'm a celeb' themed social at Bierkeller. They really deserve sports team of the year for all of their achievements.

      This sport society has continued to develop throughout the season, adapting to managerial decision. Creating a development team encouraging anyone with any ability to join & amp; represent the university, having a successful first team, finishing second in the futsal league as well as obtaining promotion in the football league across the midlands. This sport society continued to run throughout covid-19, supporting one another virtually as well as modifying our annual tradition of hosting a football tournament in memory of Becca Moore; creating a virtual challenge within the club in her honour & raising money to support the charity Action Against Allergy.

      Shown amazing commitment and pushed harder than ever, to go on to win their bucs league. Overall team effort was immense this academic year in training, socials, even at home varsity and raising money for charity from miles away from each other to replace a charity tournament they were unable to have this year. As a sport team we have achieved so much on and off the pitch this season. We won the league and got promoted as well as coming second in the futsal league. We also improved our set up by introducing a development team alongside our first team in order to be more inclusive of all abilities and offer a range of participation levels. We raised £760 in memory of Becca Moore for Action for Allergy and have been ever present in supporting other societies on their fundraising and social events. The committee and has dealt with any issues and also offered opportunities to celebrate our successes, always being encouraging and enthusiastic about progressing our team.

    • Rowing

      Rowing was only established in 2016, however the progress the club has made in the past four years is outstanding, especially this year. Over the last two years the club has grown hugely in terms of numbers and participation of numbers, with the largest interest and intake of rowers this academic year. Two years ago if you mentioned to someone about BCU Rowing they would ask you who you were on about, however this year I think our first ever social we hosted summed up just how much traction the club has gained when we managed to pull most sports teams in to the social. It has not just been the internal club successes of racing and participation, but also the support that Rowing has shown to other teams and societies but attending in force all socials, all charity events and a large number of shows. This year, rowing has made huge progress as what it means to be a target sport at BCU, and although a large number of races were inevitably cancelled, we still had a large amount of success, including once again, remaining undefeated to UoB who just don’t seem to be able to break us!


    How to Vote?
  • Outstanding Contribution


    This award will go to one member of a society or sports team who has gone above and beyond during the last academic year. They may have shown leadership skills when times were hard, teven if they weren’t a member of the committee. Maybe they have developed as a person and grown in confidence, which has helped the society to develop over the last 12 months. Or Perhaps their commitment to making the society the best it can possibly be deserves recognition - they’re the individual your society or sports team could not have done without.


    Nominees

    • Aamira Khan (Yoga Society)

      She is the Vice President of the society and she has justified her role as the VP quite well.

      From getting the committee together to deciding which instructor to be hired, from regularly meeting the instructor to regularly meeting with the student union to keep a record of how the society is doing.

      Being a master's student, managing the regular university work along with society work is a fun task to do if managed well.

      She voluntarily engaged herself in being at the stalls held up at City Centre and City South campus. She was the mind behind introducing the digitization of the attendance.

      As the Vice President of the Yoga Society Aamira has always delivered more than expected. She has always shown her commitment towards the society, it's members and the events. She has always brought new ideas and fresh initiatives to the table make the society better and offer the best to it's members. It was under her initiative the society collaborated with Ms.Rebecca to conduct an Inclusivity Event and provide a different experience to the members. She also put together a digital check-in system for each session in order to keep a fair track of the members and also suggested through this we can also send follow up mails for members who have not been attending over 2 consecutive session to check on their welfare. Despite her academics she would always ensure she would be there for the sessions/events when the other committee members are unable to, allowing her fellow companions. Her commitment and efforts for the society have always been commendable. She has always been approachable and is always seen interacting and engaging with the members to help bond make the society stronger. She has always been seen as a proactive enthusiast even during committee meetings and discussions. Even during these times of the pandemic she has been suggesting and finding new and improved ways to provide the members with online sessions considering the total mental and physical well-being as that is exactly what the Yoga Society stands for.

    • Emily Downes (Crafty Bitches)

      She is an extremely dedicated person who has contributed so much to the society as our president. She is extremely responsible and organise; always looking after the society and our members. We all agree that Emily is a leader that the society members can trust.

      Without her, the society would not have run as smoothly as it is this year and she always goes above and beyond to improve the society although she is extremely busy with her study as a third-year student.

    • Chris Mathews (Paramedic Society)

      Over the last 2 years Chris Matthew's has effectively single headedly (with a little help) started, run and developed the paramedic Society.

      He gives it 110% and continues to take it from strength to strength. He started the Society after seeing a need for something to bring the students together. He has arranged CPD events which have seen students from different areas and course all attend.

      He's arranged socials for people to meet.

      He is constantly on the hunt for new guest speakers and charities to come in and work with.

      He gives up so much of his free time arranging and driving around making sure the society runs as smoothly as possible.

      He created and runs a Catch up Cafe every term, a free event every term for students to come and safely talk and interact with has been a life line for students improving there Mental Health and Wellbeing.

      He regular works with the students and lecturers to help provide additional opportunities for everyone.

      The work and dedication he has put in is unprecedented and often goes unrecognised and I believe before he graduates he deserves to be acknowledged for it.


    How to Vote?

Your Group's Vote

Voting closes Wednesday 20th May.

Each Student Group gets one vote per award category, your committee should discuss this with your members. Once your Student Group has decided who it will collectively vote for in each category, your President should send these to Tom from the Sports, Societies and Volunteering Team.

If you have any questions, please contact Tom.

Watch the Awards

We're going to be bringing this year's TeamBCU Awards to you slightly differently this year - for obvious reasons - so keep an eye out here and on our other channels for our broadcast at 7pm on Friday 29th May!