In a normal year, we would be in the SU Hall hosting a big ceremony to celebrate the achievements of our student groups, but sadly this is just not possible this year. However, while this year has been challenging to say the least, you have all still managed to accomplish so much and deserve to be recognised. Even though we can’t have canapes and prosecco together, join us on Instagram at 7pm where we will hand out awards for all of the great work you have done this year.

To reflect the current climate of student groups we have made some updates to the awards and criteria. Download the criteria PDF below for a full breakdown of each award.


The Panel

All nominations will be decided by a panel comprising of:

  • Vice President Societies and Sport
  • Societies and Media Groups Coordinator
  • Student Opportunities Manager
  • Sport, Societies and Opportunities Executive representative

For the following awards a further representative will join the panel:

  • Sarah Parker Remond Inclusion and Accessibility Award: Vice President Welfare and Diversity


Society Crest

Awarded to someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty of any member/committee member throughout their years of participation and has shown outstanding dedication and commitment to their group. In 2021 this takes into consideration the effect that Covid-19 has had on group activity, and how individuals have helped their group to adapt to this.

Vice President’s Cup

Awarded to someone who has shown outstanding dedication to Student Opportunities, going above and beyond to make a difference to societies/media and wider student engagement, and dedicating their time to a number of different areas with the Students’ Union and student groups.


Fundraising and Campaigning

Awarded to a group that has made significant impact through fundraising or campaigning. This should include work with national charities or local charities, work towards improving the lives of their members and students around them or tackling issues that directly impact students. In 2020/21, this award will directly consider the efforts of any groups who fundraised for charities or their local communities during the pandemic.

Sarah Parker Remond Inclusion and Accessibility

Sarah Parker Remond was an African American activist, an anti-slavery lecturer and the first black student at Bedford College. Throughout her life she promoted inclusivity, equality and worked tirelessly to support the rights of minority groups. The Inclusion and Accessibility award is therefore awarded to a group that has demonstrated an outstanding effort to ensure that their activities are as accessible as possible and have made a significant effort to promote an inclusive attitude within their membership and in the wider campus community. This takes into account where groups have made an effort to adapt and make their group more accessible within a Covid-19 world.

Best Online Event

Awarded to a group that has organised and delivered an online event this year that was innovative, exciting and has left a lasting impression on those that attended.

Best New Society

Awarded to a group that has gone above and beyond the expected growth of a new society, not only in their first full year as a ratified group but also in a challenging year with the ongoing pandemic.

Innovation in Adversity

Awarded to a group that has adapted their activity as a result of the pandemic, has continued to alter their activity in response to regularly changing restrictions, and has used innovative techniques to overcome the adversity Covid-19 has caused.

Digital Community

Awarded to a group that has made a significant effort to create an online community, keep members engaged, and promote positivity amongst their members throughout the challenges this year has presented.

Society of the Year

Awarded to a group that has made a significant contribution to student life at Royal Holloway. The group should have worked hard in order to hold innovative online or in person events, keep members engaged throughout the year and take the difficulties of this year in their stride and continuously adapt to put on activity.