STAR Awards 2021

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Every year Strath Union organise the Student Achievement and Recognition (STAR) Awards. This important event in the yearly calendar recognises all our student volunteers and their incredible work. Whether it is done within the Union, the University or in their local communities.

This year’s event, the second virtual STAR awards, celebrated all the achievements and dedication of student volunteers. This year the event was held using the innovative Gather platform which gave attendees an avatar. This avatar enabled them to walk around, socialise with other attendees, play games and watch the awards announcements all online.

We were guided through the platform by our current VP Community Ru Wallace. He also led the awards ceremony alongside other members of the exec. During the interval and after the awards ceremony attendees were able to take part in Rebel Bingo.

This year there were nearly 300 nominations in total with the shortlist boasting 73 different individual volunteers, events and societies.

We spoke to the Strathclyde Chinese Students and Scholars Association about winning the Special Award for Contribution to Students or the Local Community during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Here is what their President, Ziqing Yin, had to say about the society receiving the award:
“It was a special year last year and we are grateful to get this award. We hope we can get together everyone and help each other whenever we can, and we hope we can keep doing this and share kindness as always.”

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We also had a chance to hear from Maisie Keogh who won the Volunteer of the Year Award at this year’s event. Here is what Maisie had to say about receiving the award:

“Volunteering has been an integral part of my life for many years. It has been a way for me to develop new skills, meet new people, educate myself and among many other things, dedicate my time to my community. I have been incredibly fortunate that I have had numerous opportunities to volunteer with charities and assist on projects that I am passionate about.”

The Strathclyde Student’s Union and the University of Strathclyde have been huge source of encouragement and they have always supported me in achieving my ambitions. I would sincerely encourage anyone with a passion for volunteering or those who simply have some time to spare to seek out opportunities to help their communities. It is something that you will not regret.

Finally, I would like to extend my gratitude and warmest thanks to Sheik Abdul Malik. Since I met him, he has been my biggest supporter and my constant source of inspiration. He has encouraged, guided and educated me as we have worked on numerous projects together. I would not have received the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award if it had not been for him.”

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A massive congratulations to all those nominated and the winners of each award. And thank you to the wonderful community of volunteers at Strathclyde; without you none of the brilliant work recognised by the STAR awards would be possible.

Here are the winners in each of the 5 categories:


Exec Member of the Year – Tilda Harju

Volunteer of the Year – Holly Strachan


Rep of the Year – Sami Alshaibi


Activist of the Year – Carys Serries

Campaign of the Year – Reach Out Mental Health Peer Support Group (Reach Out Strath)


Project of the Year – PGR Peer Support Programme (DRG)

Volunteer of the Year – Shona Tait


Best New Club – Strathclyde Women in Banking & Finance

Society of the Year – TEDx University of Strathclyde

Society Volunteer of the Year – Cameron Ward


Gold Societies – Strathclyde Virtual Business Network Society

Astrid Yeates Charity Event/Fundraiser of the Year – Strathclyde Mary’s Meals Society

Online Event of the Year – Chinese Cultural Week (SCSSA)

Special Award for Contribution to Students or the Local Community during the COVID-19 Pandemic by an Individual & Group – Stewart Harris (Individual) and Strathclyde Chinese Students & Scholars Association (Group)

Volunteer of the Year – Maisie Keogh

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