EPS Societies' Awards - Nominate Now!

EPS-Societies-Awards-Logo-no-yearOur society members deserve the upmost recognition for their continued dedication to their School, College and University. On Wednesday 12 June 2019 the sixth annual EPS Societies' Awards will be held to thank all those involved for their hard work and enthusiasm, and recognise their achievements over the academic year. This spectacular black-tie dinner and awards ceremony will celebrate our students with a night to remember. 


If you have an enquiry about your nomination or would like to know more about the EPS Societies' Awards please email Grace Surman on eps-community@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Tickets to the EPS Societies' Awards will be on sale next week!

Award Categories

Sports Personality of the Year

This Award recognises sportspeople who have shown commitment and enthusiasm on and off the pitch; they are the most motivational and inspirational personalities within the team.

Sports Team of the Year 2018/19 

This Award celebrates sports teams within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences that are acknowledged as both high performing and tight-knit.  These teams can be part of a school or society, or entirely independent. They work exceptionally well as a team, play to the strengths of all members, stick together whether they win or lose, promote sporting activity and encourage healthy competition.

Outstanding Event Award

This Award recognises those individuals or societies who have shown creativity, initiative and innovation to deliver an exceptional new event or trip to their members.

Volunteer of the Year

This Award recognises those society members who have volunteered their time and expertise to help others, and have had a positive impact on their local community, society, school, or University.

Outreach Award

This Award recognises the dedication of those who work with the University to deliver outreach activities to local schools or the general public, and see it as part of their role as a student to inspire the next generation of young scientists and engineers.

Diversity and Inclusion Award

This Award recognises individuals or societies who reach out to every member of the University community, putting in extra effort to make sure that everyone is involved and represented.

Industrial Award

This Award recognises an individual or society whose work in creating industrial links or employment opportunities for fellow students reflects the values of the University: excellence, distinctiveness, impact, confidence, and pride.

EPS Community Award

This Award recognises the exemplary contributions of individual student members or entire societies to the College Community.

Inspirational Committee Member

This Award recognises those committee members who are the heart and soul of their society. Through a positive attitude and proactivity they ensure their society is engaging and that members have the opportunity to get fully involved to reach their full potential.

Role Model of the Year

This Award recognises those who exemplify the best within themselves and others, and are recognised as a role model for their achievements and ability to get the job done.

Head of College Idea of the Year

This Award recognises an individual or society who has been involved in an innovative new project or event that has had a significant impact on their school or society.

The Great Achievement in EPS Award

This Award recognises outstanding contribution to the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, encapsulates the positive traits celebrated through all other Awards, and seeks to recognise exceptional individuals within the EPS Societies. These are our future leading alumni.

Society of the Year 2018/19

This Award celebrates the outstanding activities conducted by societies over the course of the year. Through events, innovative projects and activities, superb organisation, or raising awareness these societies provide an exceptional, well-rounded and inclusive experience to their members. These societies have pushed the boundaries and delivered more than ever before.


 Important information:

Who decides the winners?

All nominations will be reviewed by our judging panel who will select a shortlist of up to 6 nominees and winners for 11 of the 13 categories. Our 2019 judging panel consists of:

  • Hannah Robinson, College Director of Operations
  • Professor Nicola Wilkin, College Director of Education
  • Alex Johl, Student Experience and Welfare Manager
  • Helena Dodd, alumnae judge (MSci Chemistry, 2018) and joint-winner of the 2018 Great Achievement in EPS Award
  • Rebeka David, College Alumni Relations Intern
  • Grace Surman, College Alumni Relations and EPS Community Manager (chair)

Head of College Professor Andy Schofield will select the winner of Idea of the Year Award, and representatives from the Development and Alumni Relations Office will decide the winner of the Great Achievement in EPS Award.

Deadline for nominations

Nominations will close at 23:59 on Friday 3 May. That's the first Friday after the Easter break.

What makes a good nomination?

Writing nominations is hard! You know this person/project/event is amazing and it's often difficult to express that in 250 words on a form. Here are some hints and tips to what makes a good nomination:

  • Give as much detail are you can. You know the person/people you're nominating are awesome - tell the judges.
  • Focus on impact. For example you've done some outreach work with local schools - what has that meant for that school and what benefit have you give its pupils? Or you've held a careers event, how many students gained interviews or jobs/placements as a result?
  • Remember the judging panel are unlikely to know anything about the person or activity you're talking about so wow them with your words!
  • Remember that your nomination will be reviewed by members of the College Directorate.
  • Read the 2018 Shortlist for inspiration. Each Award webpage includes the nomination for the 2018 winner of that category and the full shortlist is available here.

What are the rules?

  • Every nominee must be a student member of an EPS society. While there are many other brilliant societies on campus, these Awards specifically celebrate the 34 student groups in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. You can find out which societies are eligible here. Of course if you think another society is part of the College and therefore eligible please email Grace.
  • You can nominate as many people as you want for the same or multiple awards.
  • Any member of an EPS society can be nominated. There are only two categories (Inspirational Committee Member and Great Achievement in EPS Award) which are restricted to committee members. Some categories are only open to individuals but most are open to individuals, sub-committees and entire societies. Please see each award category for further detail.
  • Anyone can nominate, regardless of whether they are a member of an EPS society or not. Students, staff, friends, family, sponsors, event attendees, staff, people you've worked with, school teachers and members of the public are all welcome to submit nominations so please encourage everyone you've worked with this academic year to nominate.
  • Duplicate or plagiarised nominations will not accepted. Do not copy and paste your nomination and change the nominator's name.
  • Nominations including foul language or inappropriate content will also be rejected.
  • All nominations are anonymous.

When are winners announced?

Winners are announced at the black-tie gala dinner on Wednesday 12 June. Everyone is welcome to attend, this event is not just for committee members! Tickets will be on sale after Easter and further information can be found here

All nominees will be informed of their nominations on Tuesday 7 May. Nominees will also be published on the EPS Societies' Awards website.  Nominees have the right to not be listed publicly should they so wish and this will be communicated in the email notification.

Shortlisted nominees will be contacted on Monday 13 May. Shortlisted nominees will be included in the Awards brochure which is distributed at the gala dinner, published on the EPS Societies' Awards website shortly after the event and used at student-facing activities such as Open Day and Welcome Week.

Data policy

  • All nominations are anonymous and only members of the EPS Alumni Office will have access to this data.
  • Your data will not be shared and you have the right to request all nominations submitted to your name.
  • The judges will receive copies of nominations with the nominees name, affiliated society and committee position (if relevant to the award category) only; no information on the nominator will be shared.
  • You have the right to withdraw your nomination at any time prior to the judging panel meeting on Friday 10 May 2019.  Simply emails Grace Surman on eps-community@contacts.bham.ac.uk to withdraw.
  • All nominees, shortlists and award winners will be published on the University website.  You have the right to opt-out of theses public lists; please email Grace Surman on eps-community@contacts.bham.ac.uk to opt-out.
  • All nomination data will be deleted shortly after the EPS Societies' Awards night in June.
  • More information on our Current Student, and Alumni and Supporters Privacy Notices are available on the University website.

I have a question

If you have a question or need help with your nomination please email Grace Surman on eps-community@contacts.bham.ac.uk

There will be drop-in sessions on Wednesday 27 March, 12-2pm in the Engineering Lounge, and Wednesday 1 May, 12-2pm in the CTL ground floor cafe. Feel free to come along and ask questions to Grace and some of the Awards organising committee.