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LSU society and Welfare and Diversity associations have hard work recognised in national awards competition

Two Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU) associations and one society have had their efforts acknowledged in the National Societies Awards.

LSU  LGBT+ Officer Chris McLeod, Hannah Keating, LSU Welfare and Diversity Executive Officer and Nightline Coordinator Matt Youngs.

LSU LGBT+ Officer Chris McLeod, LSU Welfare and Diversity Executive Officer Hannah Keating and Nightline Coordinator Matt Youngs.

More than 600 nominations were submitted for the 2018 awards and the University successfully made it onto five different shortlists.

The  LGBT+ Association was shortlisted in the Best Society category for the work it does to make Loughborough a supportive and inclusive campus.

The Association balances a mix of activism, culture, liberation, education, security and fun both vocally around campus as well as quietly within closed events or online groups.

It works with the University in different ways to continue to improve campus-life and also hosts a variety of exciting events.

Last December it hosted the Drag Ball – an event that brought together members and supporters of the LGBT+ community that wanted to express themselves through the art of drag.

The Ball was such a success it too was shortlisted for an award – the Best Society Event – and another is to take place later this month.

Nightline – LSU’s confidential, non-advisory, out-of-hours listening service run by students for the students – was shortlisted for two awards; Most Improved Society and Outstanding Individual Contribution.

The service started in September 2017 with 15 student volunteers; this has now grown to more than 100 and so far this academic year volunteers have given approximately 2,000 hours of their time to Nightline.

Nightline Coordinator Matt Youngs, a final year Geography student, was shortlisted for the individual award.

Matt has gone above and beyond to support students through the service and under his leadership, Nightline has grown beyond all expectations.

Loughborough’s African-Caribbean Society (ACS) was also shortlisted for the Best Culture and Faith Society award.

Over the past year, ACS has supported its members, raised money for charity, hosted multiple enterprise nights with guest speakers and company representatives, and ran successful educational events such as its annual cultural education show ‘The Origin’.

The National Societies Awards results were announced in Cardiff on Wednesday (9 May) and though the University's societies were not named overall category winners, LSU is celebrating their achievements and making it onto five shortlists.

Hannah Keating, LSU Welfare and Diversity Executive Officer, said: “To be shortlisted for four national awards is a huge achievement for the Welfare and Diversity section.

“Our work is vital to improving the student experience here at Loughborough and it’s fantastic that the student volunteers who work so hard have been recognised for this.”

Societies Executive Officer Sam Hill added: “Loughborough ACS has strived not just to be a success but to be of help to its members and the local community.

“It was an honour to be invited to the awards. Sadly we didn’t win anything but there are already lots of exciting things our societies are working towards that will hopefully help us get even more nominations next year!”

For more information on LSU societies, visit the dedicated webpage. For more information on LSU Welfare and Diversity, click here

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