By Millie Beach (Union President)
We are really excited to announce that nominations for the Love York Awards are open! The Love York awards are an annual headline event that celebrates all the incredible things that student create, organise and manage over the year.
Throughout my year in office I have consistently presented the case that the York experience is about so much more than the degree qualifications that you graduate with. Some of my favourite experiences at York were based at Nightline, dramasoc and Vanbrugh Junior Common Room Committee - all of which, at one point or another, were nominated for the Love York awards.
So what is the event?
Love York Awards is an evening of celebration. All those who are shortlisted, as well as members of the local community and university come together to recognise the work our students do.
There will be snacks, there will be performances from some of our phenomenal societies, and there will definitely be plenty of photo opportunities (think Revs poses in the spaceship that is Central Hall). Last year we definitely weren’t short on nominations, with a total of 638 nominations submitted, and sixteen awards to present. This year, we are hoping to go bigger and better than ever before, with even more students represented!
Why should I nominate something?
As Prez I’ve managed to attend a truly incredible range of events - from Dance Soc’s inter-university dance competition, to Sexposé, to York Does Strictly. I’m taking part in YuCycle this year, I’ve been in awe of our academic reps work on the NSS, the Freshers’ Weeks were truly incredible, and Anything Goes was the best CHMS show I’ve seen in a long, long time. Alongside that, Geekfest made a comeback, Unibrass made an inspiring entrance, Nightsafe took me on a night out to see all of the awesome work they do, and YourCafé gave me free food - always a win. Not to mention the women’s officers’ consent talks, global week, RAG week, Volunteering Week, One Planet Week, URY 101 hour broadcast and I could go on forever...
These experiences are really important because they don’t just exist in isolation, they make up the very fabric of the York community. They give students opportunities to get involved, to run events and learn key skills. They also give you opportunities to find things that hook you. Not being funny, but I was never completely hooked by an English and History degree, whereas Dramasoc was an entirely different story.
The Love York Awards provide the opportunity to thank and recognise the students who have gone above and beyond to make a difference for others. If you’re not sure who to nominate, just try and consider what, or who, has made a difference to your time at York. I can pretty much guarantee that the list will be longer than you expect, you might even count yourself on the list, and that’s fab too!
Nominations are now open...go here! /opportunities/recognition/loveyorkawards