A celebration of success across campus
A red carpet, photography team and human-sized oscars weren’t the only things worth waiting for at a special event in 3sixty this week.
On Monday and Tuesday hundreds of students and their societies put on their best dress before flocking to Union for two evenings of celebrations.
And to say the venue had undergone a makeover is quite an understatement. Thanks to the team at RUSU, what students would typically recognise as Main Room was transformed into a glitzy backdrop fit for the Grammys.
The Societies and Media Awards Ceremony was the first to take place on Monday. To host the event were RUTV presenters Emma Scott and Luke Stockwell.
Impressed by the event’s dynamic atmosphere, Emma said: “It was a pleasure to present the awards. The audience was fantastic and I enjoyed watching the winners collect their awards.”
Among the first to collect awards were members of the university’s media streams who were commended for their commitment to informing and entertaining the student body all year round.
Individual winners included Ben Stone from RUTV (Best Media Newcomer) and Olga Shevchenko (Member of the Year) from The Spark Newspaper. Also from The Spark, Print Editor Taz Usher won Article of the Year for her piece on female empowerment in the entertainment industry.
Prizes for Committee Members of the Year were given to Ben Stone (RUTV), Taz Usher (The Spark), George Bunn (Junction 11), and Suzanna Bouhassane (The Spark Online). A special thanks was also given to Georgina Shaw (Station Manager of Junction11 Radio), Ben Stone and Jess Sellwood (Producers of The Campus News Show), and Taz Usher (The Spark) for their dedication to leading the campus media streams over the past year.
The final awards for Most Improved Media Stream and Best Broadcast went to RUTV, whilst The Spark Newspaper were named as Media Stream of The Year.
To announce the winners on both evenings were RUSU’s outgoing and incoming Activities Officers; Ali Perry and Daisy O’Connor. Daisy said: “Presenting the awards was a really enjoyable experience. There are so many clubs and societies at Reading that it’s easy to miss a lot of the amazing achievements going on around campus. The awards nights were a fantastic way to hear about all of this hard work, and reward just some of the clubs and individuals who have gone above and beyond.”
The second half of Monday’s ceremony celebrated the achievements of societies. Nominees included a huge variety of student-led groups from a range of backgrounds, brought together by their dedication to members, events and progression this past year.
Winners included Ben Carter (Drama Society), and Will Cross (ENACTUS) who were announced as Members of the Year, Amelia Elliot (Speech and Language Therapy Society) who won Committee Member of the Year, and Andrews Kostarevasm (RU Hacking) who took the prize for President of the Year. Alice Underwood (Drama Society), also took the spotlight as Society Class Clown.
Victories were also celebrated by the Christian Union society (Event of the Year), Archaeology society (Trip of the Year), and Islamic society (Fundraiser of the Year) whose impressive team efforts were praised.
Adding to the electric feel of the evening, performances by the Drama Society and Kpop kept guests entertained from start to finish. Both societies also celebrated successes including Performance of the Year (Our House, Drama society) and Society of the Year (Kpop).
Best Small Society went to the small but mighty Comedy society, whilst the Architecture society climbed the ladder to Best New Society. Meanwhile, The Hindu Society were praised as Most Dedicated Society and RU Hacking cracked the code to Most Improved Society. Additionally, a special Inclusion and Diversity Award was given to the Circus Arts Society.
And before the evening was up, gold and silver prizes under The Society Laurels Scheme were given to a number of societies in recognition of their ongoing efforts and pivotal role in the student community. Silver awards went to the Islamic, ACS, Architecture, Photography, Speech & Language Therapy, Finance, and Games & Role Play societies. Gold winners were the Christian Union, ENACTS, Ruined Archaeology, Hindu, RU Hacking, and Drama Society.
And the abundance of successes were not limited to Monday night. Tuesday saw Team Knights exchange their muddy kits for suits and ties to celebrate an overdue success after a tough loss at Varsity last term. Harry Dobson, President of the Lacrosse Club, hosted the awards.
A-game athletes were named as Dan Patterson from Softball (Coach of the Year), Ryan Coones from Ultimate Frisbee (Most Valuable Player of the Year), Emma Brand from Archery (President of the Year), Ross Haines from Men’s Rugby Union (Committee Member of the Year), and Emma Smith from Women’s Hockey (Captain of the Year). Prizes were also claimed by Harry Dobson from Lacrosse (Male Personality of the Year), Jessice Jeffery from Ultimate Frisbee (Female Personality of the Year), and Jessie Taylor from Pole Fitness (Clown of the Year).
And celebrating team triumphs were Tap & Modern (Dance Performance of the Year), Korfball (Most improved Club), Women’s Cricket 1st Team (Most Improved Team), Badminton (Club of the Year) and Swimming (Inclusivity and Diversity Award). Scoring high, Reading Agrics claimed the Campus League Netball Award, American Football won Fundraising Event of the Year, and both Netball Women’s 3rd Team (Team of the Year), and Tap & Modern (Dance Club of the Year) took a step in the right direction. Champions and winners of the Knights Accreditation Scheme were also announced. A full list of the successful societies can be found below.
In acknowledgement of those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make all societies, events and student fundraising possible, a huge thanks was also given to Daniel Jones (Societies Coordinator for RUSU), Ali Perry (2018-19 Activities Officer), Chrissy Nazif (Sports Co-ordinator), and Vicky Purcell (Societies & Media) across the two ceremonies.
And although many will be sad to see Vicky leave this year, after 6 years of working at RUSU, her hard work and commitment to the university’s societies will continue to be cherished.
Reflecting on the success of Monday night, she said: “The Society and Media Awards went really well. Activities Officer, Ali Perry, worked hard to ensure that we had great décor and food for the evening. The Awards are really important to RUSU because we have over 7k students involved in Societies, Sports and Media at Reading University and the achievements that they collectively gain over the year through events, competitions and fundraising is unreal. It’s great to see the societies and committee members who work hard get rewarded for the work that they have done.”
Congratulations must go to not only the award winners, but to all of those nominated and involved in any society across campus. Keep up the good work!
Full list of the Winners:
Stream of The Year: The Spark Newspaper
Most Improved Stream: RUTV
Committee Member of The Year: Ben Stone – RUTV, Taz Usher – Spark, George Bunn – Junction11, Suzanna – Spark Online.
Best Media Newcomer: Ben Stone – RUTV
Article of The Year: Taz Usher – ‘Empowered and Beautiful’
Member of The Year: Olga – The Spark
Best Broadcast: RUTV – Elections Coverage
Society Of The Year: Kpop Society
Best New Society: Architecture Society
Best Small Society: Comedy Society
Most Improved Society: RU Hacking
Event Of The Year: CU Events Week
Trip Of The Year: RUined Trip To Prague
Performance/Production Of The Year: Drama Society’s ‘Our House’
Committee Member Of The Year: Amelia Elliot, Speech & Language Therapy Society
Member Of The Year: Ben Carter, Drama Society | Will Cross, Enactus
Society Class Clown: Alice Underwood, Drama Society
Fundraiser Of The Year: Charity Week, Islamic Society
Most Dedicated Society: Hindu Society
President Of The Year: Andrejus Kostarevasm, RU Hacking
Inclusion & Diversity Award: Circus Arts Society
Society Laurels Scheme winners:
|Islamic Society||Christian Union|
|Architecture Society||Ruined Archaeology|
|Speech & Language Therapy||Ru Hacking|
|Finance Society||Drama Society|
|Games & Role Play Society|
Coach of the Year: Dan Patterson from Softball
Clown of the Year: Jessie Taylor from Pole Fitness
Dance Performance of the Year: Tap and Modern for their Showtime Showcase
Most Improved Club of the Year: Korfball
Most Improved Team of the Year: Women’s Cricket 1st Team
Charity/Fundraising Event of the Year: American Football
Committee Member of the Year: Ross Haines from Men’s Rugby Union
Male Personality of the Year: Harry Dobson from Lacrosse
Female Personality of the Year: Jessica Jeffery from Ultimate Frisbee
Most Valuable Player of the Year: Ryan Coones from Ultimate Frisbee
Inclusivity and Diversity Award: Swimming
Campus League Netball Award: Reading Agrics
Captain of the Year: Emma Smith from Women’s Hockey 3rd Team. Special mention to Lucy Ryan from the Boat Club and Daisy O’Connor from Women’s Cricket.
President of the Year: Emma Brand from Archery. Special mention to Harry Dobson from Lacrosse and Meg Watkinson from Netball.
Team of the Year: Netball Women’s 3rd Team. Special mention to Badminton Men’s 1st Team and Hockey Women’s 3rd Team.
Dance Club of the Year: Tap and Modern. Special mention to Swingdance.
Club of the Year: Badminton. Special mention to Cricket and Korfball.
Champions of the League
Special Mention to:
Men’s Badminton 2nd – Joint 1st place, but 2nd listed due to decider.
Men’s Football 1st – Joint 1st place, listed 3rd due to decider.
Women’s Table Tennis 1st – Joint 1st place, listed 2nd due to decider.
Mixed Equestrian A Team – Joint 1st place in their mini BUCS league
Women’s Badminton 1st
Men’s Fencing 1st
Men’s Football 2nd
Mixed Golf 2nd
Women’s Hockey 3rd
Women’s Hockey 4th
Women’s Netball 3rd
Men’s Rugby League 1st
Men’s Volleyball 1st
KAS – Knights Accreditation Scheme winners:
American Football – with a special mention as the club are on track to finish this year with the gold award.