Guild Awards 2021

In a year like no other we have seen superstar Course Reps make a difference to your online learning, societies creatively connect to their members on Zoom, Twitch and Discord, students have become key workers supporting the NHS when they needed it the most and stand-out individuals have amplified the student voice and made a positive change on campus.

Whilst we were unable to celebrate in the building, Virtual Guild Awards (the Sequel) brought us together online to crown our winners and shout about the amazing achievements that have still taken place this year.

A huge congratulations to all of our nominees and winners; you’re all incredible!

Find out more about our amazing nominees and the incredible things they've done this year in our Guild Awards 2021 programme here.

Take a look at our winners below and get inspired to win your own Guild Award in 2022!

Awarded to a Course Rep from each faculty for going the extra mile to improve your University experience, making sure your voice is heard to the University in a year like no other; an all-round Course Superhero!

Humanities and Social Sciences:

  • Katie Duffy

Katie is dedicated to the students she represents, she listens to students, researches new ideas and effectively presents them to the Course Director to effectively push for necessary change, which this year has included securing free access to Canva and Adobe Creative Suite for students. She has shown leadership through her management of a student feedback Enhancement Project and in chairing the Student Staff Liaison Committees to a high standard.

Health and Life Sciences:

  • Siona Mitra

Siona has shown commitment to the Course Rep role, supporting her peers and ensuring real change occurs in the Health and Life Sciences Faculty. Through completing a Hidden Course Costs Enhancement Project, she has helped to equip the Student Officer Team to support all students in achieving financial transparency. She attends every SSLC and Course Rep Forum, making sure the feedback she gathers is heard, amplifying the student voice.

Science and Engineering:

  • Huba Benza

Huba has shown real dedication as a Course Rep this year. Continually fighting for the things that matter for his course mates, Huba successfully campaigned for an overly complicated exam to be regraded, supporting not only his peers' academic interests but their wellbeing as well. Creating a bridge between students and staff, Huba is proactive in collecting feedback across various communication methods, amplifying the voice of his course mates.

Awarded to a member of teaching staff from each faculty for going the extra mile to make support students and improve your University experience.

Health and Life Sciences:

  • Victoria Vass

Grounded in relatable content, Victoria’s engaging lectures give real world examples to the course material. Her lectures, as well as the wealth of recommended extra material including podcasts and documentaries, stretch her students thinking. And, in a year characterised by change, Victoria was accommodating and agile, making last minute changes to schedule new lectures so no student was left behind.

Humanities and Social Sciences:

  • Paul Jones

Paul’s supportive and encouraging nature, inspires his students to engage in seminars (which is not a small task!). When delivering material, Paul always ensures it is accessible for all and always finds the time to give helpful feedback and extra support to all students. His jolliness, kindness, understanding nature and unwavering enthusiasm have been really appreciated in such a difficult year.

Science and Engineering

  • Toby Hall

Toby made a smooth transition to online learning, providing a wealth of resources for his students. Regularly checking in with his students, asking for feedback on their teaching, Toby has shown a consistent and genuine interest in student wellbeing, making sure they each feel supported which has been more important than ever this year.

Awarded to any member of University staff, who goes beyond their job role to make your University experience better.

  • Dr Ahmed Al-Abdin

Dr Ahmed Al-Abdin has consistently fought for students when they needed him. His support extends out of the lecture hall (virtual or real), to provide enthusiastic references to further their career prospects, gives great pastoral care, supports the Marketing Society committee and their jobs corner inspires students to find new career opportunities during and after their degree. Not to mention his coffee hour is a must-attend event!

This special award for this year recognises a group or individual who have created positive change for students this year, making the University of Liverpool a better place.

  • Sophie Arthur

Sophie has been a dedicated member of Guild societies this year, offering an opportunity for students to connect at a time where its more important than ever. Through Meditation Society, Sophie ran weekly guided meditation sessions, Give it a Go activities and guest speaker workshops for the entire university community. In hosting Switch Off Sunday, she has collaborated with 10 other societies, to encourage students to take a break from social media and focus on their wellbeing and providing resources to help as well! And, if that was not all, she has also helped to run the University Singer’s choir over zoom, bringing them all together for a special Christmas service.

Awarded to a student who is a true sustainability hero; an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to sustainability on campus and beyond. The Sustainability Champion will have embodied the UN's Sustainable Development Goals through their activity, seeking to achieve a better and more sustainable future for everyone.

  • Jemima Western

Jemima has been committed to sustainability on campus and beyond. In leading events like a month-long Meatless Monday, Green Greets and the Virtual Global Climate Conference, Jemima has been spreading the word of sustainability in an engaging and innovative manner. Their involvement in the decolonising UoL collective, the Hedgehog Friendly Campus scheme and our very own Bee-Keeping course has cemented Jemima has a real climate activist!

Awarded to an individual or group who have gone above and beyond to positively impact the city of Liverpool in an extraordinary year; stepping beyond campus to affect change. A real student hero. The individual or group will have taken on volunteering opportunities to support those most affected by the pandemic in the city, gone above and beyond on their placements to support the NHS as student key workers, or supported key services throughout the pandemic.

  • SNOGs (Student Neonatal Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society) 

In year like no other SNOGS have supported student doctors on the frontline, raising money for local charities and have continued to highlight prominent issues of women’s health through fundraising, posters, and resources. Their FGM awareness event and annual charity conference platformed innovative speakers and were open to the public, bringing amazing specialist events to Merseyside. Their Societies in School sessions brought the conversations around body image to the forefront of local schools.

Awarded to a brand-new society that is already making an impact to their members.

  • Book Society

In a year where Book-Tok has taken over, Book Society have been on hand with great book choices and monthly reading lists which are not only full of amazing reads but also relate to current social issues such as LGBTQ+ History Month. The society is friendly, welcoming and makes sure everyone feels heard and included. Whilst they may be a new society, they have got stuck in to collaborating with other societies, putting on great socials and shining this year.

Awarded to an individual or group who have made an outstanding contribution to Guild fundraising for UK-registered charities.

  • Help the Homeless Society

Through online concerts, quizzes, and virtual walks, Help the Homeless have continued to raise vital funds for local charities. Since September, the society have continued to help to support charities to continue their important outreach work at such a challenging time.

And the winner of Fundraiser of the Year: Special Recognition Awards is… CoppaFeel!

CoppaFeel! Society has made huge strides this year. Their Instagram channel offers resources, tips and fundraising opportunities for their members and followers. Throughout the year they have raised over £1000 for the CoppaFeel! Charity helping to support early diagnoses of Breast Cancer. Their UniBoob Varsity even brought together Societies and Sport Clubs under a common goal to ensure young people have the confidence to check their chest and make a difference. And their collaborative fundraising alongside societies and AU sports team raised the most money out any UniBoob Varsity Team!

Awarded to an outstanding society, who has created a positive impact to the student experience, Guild and wider community. The highly coveted award will allow you to take your place alongside societies who have taken the Guild to dizzy new heights.

  • BME Medics Society

Tackling issues relating to racism and micro-aggressions in medicine, the BME Medics have ensured their voices and the voices of their members are heard. They have hosted regular teaching and revision sessions to further their members’ academic abilities and they have held sessions and speciality talks highlighting black professionals and experiences. Working alongside the EDI lead at the School of Medicine, BME Medics have created resources to better support BME students, hosted events and activities for their members and have been an active member of the society community. The society also collaborated with the Guild on the Rename Halls Preferendum which led to anti-racism campaigner Dorothy Kuya being celebrated at the Greenbank Hall.

Awarded to an individual or group who have embodied the Guild Values, creating something extraordinary in the face of adversity

In a year like no other, we have seen our students step up, support their peers and make lasting change. Our Guild Values award winner will have gone above and beyond to embody on ore more of the Guild values. They could have helped others when they’ve needed it the most, created innovative opportunities for students to connect and socialise, motivated those around them to keep going and meet those deadline. Most importantly they have been a beacon of light in a challenging year.

We couldn’t pick just one winner, we have awarded a Guild Values Awards Group & Individual:

  • Archaeology Classics and Egyptology Society (SACE)
  • Emily Holtom

SACE have been committed to offering opportunities for their members to connect and expand their academic skills. They have created panels for members on Climate Change, Mental Health and Diversity. Their monthly book clubs, coffee mornings and virtual quizzes have created opportunity for their members to socialise and connect in a year where that has been more important than ever. And through guest lectures from university lecturers and external guest speakers, their events have amplified the voices and experience of minority communities to talk about their lived experience in the field.

Emily Holtom - In her day job, Olivia has been a health-care hero, working on the front line in hospitals throughout the pandemic. As well as this incredible effort and sacrifice, Olivia has been committed to her role as the President of Artefacts, producing spectacular and highly celebrated performances. She has also amplified the voice of minority students when she presented her findings on the medical students’ experiences of race and culture directly to the Medical School!

Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees. Look out for Guild Awards 2022 early next year.