MDXSU Awards 2018: The Results

Friday 11-05-2018 - 11:55
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Middlesex Students' Union are excited to announce the winners of this year's MDXSU Awards!

 

The annual awards – in their fourth year – are our way of celebrating the work and achievements of Middlesex University students over the past year, and recognising the contribution they have made to the university, the community and the lives of their fellow students.

 

We received over 450 nominations this year from students as well as MDXSU and University staff, plus external organisations. These nominations were then reviewed by a judging panel of elected students and staff to decide the final shortlist and winners.

 

This year's MDXSU Awards ceremony took place on Thursday 10 May in central London, and was hosted by MDXSU President Ben Edwards and Vice President Erica Ramos. Alongside the drinks reception, three-course meal and all-important results, guests were also treated to music from talented third-year Popular Music student Té.

 

It’s been an incredible year for MDXSU, beginning with us being awarded NUS Students’ Union of the Year last July – the first students’ union in London to ever win the award.

 

From providing 200 paid, fulfilling jobs for MDX students, to brand new work targeting communities who are less able to get involved in their SU and University life, as well as supporting over 90 student groups, leading on campaigns which have genuinely improved the lives of students and the world around us, and continuing to promote the voice of students.

 

Our impact and achievements wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication and passion of the students who work and volunteer with us, such as the amazing students shortlisted in tonight’s awards, and hundreds more. Thank you to all the winners, nominees and the many other students for giving us so much to celebrate this year.

 

Celebrations will continue at MDXSU's huge end-of-year event next Wednesday 16 May, with a ferris wheel, silent disco and more at Summer Shutdown.

 

Read on the for the full results. Find the photos on the Middlesex Students’ Union Facebook page.

 

(For Raquel's leaving speech, as promised, click here!)

 

The Results

 

Outstanding Contribution to POW! Media

The shortlist...
André Thompson
Evangelos Trichias
Lara Old
Natalie Rose

 

The winner...
Lara Old

"Lara has gone from running a show to running the whole station, proving once again that POW is a place where people come to learn and to develop. The nominations showed that Lara’s leadership and dedication to POW! was second to none."

 

Student Voice Leader of the Year

Shortlist
Cadanna Kaydean Llewellyn-Peart
Debbie Ennis 
Yashraj Bhatti
Fazila Shaikh

 

The winner…
Cadanna Kaydean Llewellyn-Peart

“The panel were really impressed by Cadanna’s dedication to students on their course. She has gone outside the call of duty in organising revision workshops and pushing back academic staff on unrealistic expectations. Similarly, this student’s nomination details were littered with testimonials of support showing that they have been a reliable peer to always look for help.”

 

Trailblazer Award (for inclusion)

Shortlist
Islamic Society
Marlena Harris
Nigerian Society
Rebecca Torrie

 

The winner…
Marlena Harris

“Marlena has helped to make campus and MDXSU more inclusive, creating a conversation about a group of students that are often overlooked – student parents. There’s no doubt that you’re a trailblazer when your kids are running around campus with a ‘Vote for my Mom’ t-shirt on in this year’s Elections!”

 

Impact Award

Shortlist

Katie Breakwell
Kirsten Wright
Natanael Martins
Anjelina Qureshi

 

The winner...
Katie Breakwell

“Katie has had a big impact on the wider community through her fantastic commitment to her Community Placement role with 21st Hendon Scouts. She has taken a lead on running meetings, shown initiative in writing and directing the short play showcasing the history and diversity of the Scouting movement, and allowed for the development of strong partnership with other Scout troops locally.”

 

MDXSU Student Staff Member of the Year

Shortlist
Dominik Sewastynowicz
Laura Singleton
Lucy Holland
Roshna Tamang

 

The winners…
Roshna Tamang
Dominik Sewastynowicz

“Roshna has been an amazing member of the MDXSU Welcome Desk team – the team who staff our reception desk, supporting students with a wide range of queries, and helping to enable the work of elected officers and staff. Roshna is hard-working, always helpful and shows great initiative, and is a real credit to the Students’ Union”

“Dominik began working as one of our events and promotional staff in the first term of this year, and really threw himself into the role. We have been incredibly impressed by his enthusiasm, reliability, creativity and ability to engage students in what we do.”

 

MDXSU Intern of the Year

Shortlist
Alex Benjamin
Amy Maier Perrin
Georgie Gilfedder
Urvashi Sumoondur
Maria Tkacenko

 

The winner…
Georgie Gilfedder

“Over the past academic year, Georgie has worked on a wide range of work within the Students' Union, performing tasks to a high standard. Georgie has consistently shown initiative, an enthuasiasm in learning new things and an eagerness to help out. She has played a key role in helping MDXSU deliver events and activity this year, and is a valued member of the team."

 

MDXSU Staff Member of the Year

Shortlist

Camelia Purwanto
Lee Bird
Rachael Wall

 

The winner…
Camelia Purwanto

“Camelia is the Communications & Design Coordinator at the Students’ Union, and plays a vital role in ensuring students are aware of what MDXSU is working on, and what we have to offer to students. Camelia is passionate, creative, organised and dedicated, successfully juggling countless tasks and projects with a smile on her face, and always being there to support students and staff.”

 

Student Led Event of the Year

Shortlist
African-Caribbean Society (ACS) – Dark Thoughts
Arab Society – Cultural Event
Afghan Society – Cultural Event
Debating Society – MDX Open
Islamic Society (ISoc) – Charity Week & Charity Dinner

 

The winner…

Debating Society – MDX Open

“MDX Open demonstrated fantastic organisational skills over a 3 month period, culminating in the first ever event of its kind at Middlesex University. To make this event happen, Debating Society had to build partnerships with over ten other Universities which is an incredible achievement, and helped to really showcase Middlesex University not just nationally but internationally too.”

 

Best New Society

Shortlist

Burlesque and Pole Dance Society
European Law Student Association
Malayali Society
Pinoy Society
Modest Fashion Society

 

The winner...

Burlesque and Pole Dance Society

“This society has worked extraordinarily hard to establish their society over the past months. They collaborated with the LGBT+ Liberation Group and MDXSU’s Sexual Health and Guidance campaign to organise two Night of Controversy events raising £392 for the Terrence Higgins Trust, raising a further £400 for Coppafeel at their end of year charity showcase. Inclusivity and empowerment are at the heart of their activity and you can tell that they are exceedingly passionate about what they do. Not only have they built women up by holding weekly meetings, they’ve created a conversation about what it means to be a confident women on campus.

 

Society of the Year

Shortlist

African-Caribbean Society (ACS)
Criminology & Sociology Academic Society
Debating Society
Islamic Society
Musical Theatre Society

 

The winner…

ACS

"ACS manage to out-do themselves year on year. This year they’ve expanded their events programme to include panel talks and discussions as well as their immensely popular club nights, reaching an even wider number of students. ACS has also expanded on their collaborations, partnering with the Black Students Liberation group to hold a series of events for Black History Month. One of our highlights of the year was their incredible mental health panel talk, Dark Thoughts, where they discussed mental health within the African-Caribbean community – the first of its kind at Middlesex."

 

Student of the Year

Shortlist

Amy Satterthwaite
Anjelina Qureshi
Lisa Wallet
Rajiv Shahi

 

The winner...

Amy Satterthwaite

“Over the past year and previously, Amy has thrown herself into making positive change at Middlesex. She is passionate about improving the lives of others, and is always willing to help out however she can. That includes representing women students through the MDXSU Women Students’ Liberation group, representing students as the School Voice Leader for Health & Education, volunteering at the MDX Home Community Kitchen, working at MDXSU events, and working tirelessly to get more students involved in these opportunities and more – all while completing a demanding nursing degree.”

 

Congratulations to all those who were shortlisted or won an award this year, and thank you to students and staff for the hundreds of nominations we received.

 

If you would like to get involved in some of the opportunities students won awards for this year, have a browse of www.mdxsu.com or contact us at mdxsu@mdx.ac.uk

 

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