Hull Students’ Union is best in the country!
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10 July 2012
Hull University Union has been crowned the ‘Students’ Union of
the Year’ at the National Union of Students Awards 2012
The award was presented at a glittering
ceremony in Exeter, where the Union, which has some 22,000 members,
was also applauded for its outstanding work in developing positive
and inclusive community relations as it picked up the ‘Community
Now in their fifth year, the NUS Awards
highlight the achievements of Students' Unions, Students’ Union
staff and officers as well as individual students from across the
The award for ‘Students’ Union of the Year’
recognises the HUU’s active engagement with both prospective and
current students, their constant strive for long term development
and achieving high levels of student satisfaction.
Successful campaigns include the UniClub
initiative, which continues the work of AimHigher and encourages
local secondary school students to consider higher education.
The Students’ Union was also a keen campaigner for the
redevelopment of the Brynmor Jones Library which has resulted in a
multi-million pound investment.
The ‘Community Relations Award’ recognises the
success of the Union-led campaign against the implementation of
Article 4 Directions on Houses of Multiple Occupancy in the Newland
Avenue area of Hull as well as the introduction of an effective
Street Reps scheme which sees students work within the community to
build relationships with local residents and help reduce noise.
It is the latest in a string of successes for
the University and HUU. It comes in the same week that the Money
Doctors project, a collaboration between the HUU Advice Centre and
the University of Hull’s Student Support Services, won the Best
Partnership Award in the 2012 National Association of Student Money
Advisers Awards (NASMA). And in June, the HUU was also presented
with an Innovative Student Engagement award we by the NUS in June
for its work to engage with hard to reach demographics and deepen
participation within our student representation system.
Aidan Mersh, outgoing President of HUU, said: “The ‘Students’
Union of the Year’ award shows appreciation for the hard work,
dedication and the character of all those involved in HUU.
Hopefully as an officer team in the past year we have shown our
appreciation to those in the movement who have done great work for
their fellow students.”
Professor Calie Pistorius, the University of
Hull Vice-Chancellor, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and
really demonstrates why students who come to the University of Hull
enjoy their experience so much. The support offered by the Union in
combination with that provided by the University creates a
well-rounded experience that is reflected in our consistently high
student satisfaction scores.”