4th July 2014, 4:06pm
Lincoln Students’ Union named as the best in the UK
Lincoln SU named as best in the UK The University of Lincoln’s Students’ Union was named as the best in the country at the prestigious NUS Awards 2014.

Lincoln SU was awarded the title of ‘HE Students’ Union of the Year’ at the annual National Union of Students (NUS) ceremony, which celebrates the work, achievements and successes of unions across the UK. The awards have been running for six years and 2014 marked the most competitive yet, with more than 600 nominations made for just 14 awards.

The Lincoln team picked up the most celebrated accolade of the evening after the panel of judges, made up of 19 leaders from across Higher Education and business sectors, selected theirs as the stand-out performance of the year.

Speaking following the event, James Brooks, Chief Executive of Lincoln Students’ Union, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be named HE Students’ Union of the Year. It is a truly remarkable achievement, which is credit to a really fantastic team effort by all of our student volunteers, sabbatical officers and staff members. Together, the team has developed Lincoln SU into an organisation to be proud of, which puts students first by listening to their ideas and putting these into action.”

The University of Lincoln’s Students’ Union has this year led an active campaign to democratise the organisation and actively improve student participation. As part of this campaign, the team held a number of referenda and ran almost 1500 online elections for all Course Representatives, Liberation Officers, Sports and Societies committee positions, Sabbatical Officers and Trustees, with participation rising to its highest ever level.

Lincoln SU has also worked to diversify student representation, engaging in the NUS Women in Leadership Campaign and holding focus groups with 130 international students from more than 60 countries to develop and incorporate an effective Internationalisation Strategy.

Dan Sam, former President of Lincoln Students’ Union, said: “We were joined on the shortlist by some of the most established students’ unions in the UK, so to be recognised in this way is a huge credit to the hard work of students, staff and officers. We would like to say a big thank you to all of those who have supported Lincoln SU, in the University and the local community, over the past few years."

The Lincoln team received the award at a gala dinner in Bolton on Thursday 3rd July, having being shortlisted alongside students' unions from Leeds, Loughborough, Teesside and Bath.

For more information on the NUS Awards visit: www.nusawards.org.uk, and see the Lincoln Students' Union website: http://lincolnsu.com/news/article/ulsu-unionoftheyear
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