Each year we invite Students, Staff and members of our wider community to make nominations for our Proud to be Staffs Awards. Below you can learn more about each of our awards, including information on who can be nominated for certain categories.


Sometimes, our Awards Committee will re-categorise your nomination into a more suitable award category and new for 2018/19, you can nominate without selecting a category - allowing the Awards Committee to make that decision for you.

Speciality Awards

Have you heard of our top-secret Speciality Awards?
New for Proud to be Staffs 2017/2018 are a range of Speciality Awards which are exciting awards that are not open for public nominations. Instead, our Awards Panel (which is made up of Students, our Students' Union President, University Executive and Students' Union Staff) have the ability to award these based on phenomenal nominations in other categories.

Think of these as awards that are given to celebrate phenomenal achievements all nomination categories, making sure that no excellent individual misses an opportunity to be recognised.

If you are interested in joining our Awards Panel, please click here to express your interest.

Learn more about our Specialty Awards


Honorary Lifetime Students' Union Membership

Suitable for Current Students, University Staff, Union Staff, Community Partners and Alumni, Honorary Lifetime Membership is the greatest honor we can give. An honorary lifetime member will always be a member of our community and Students' Union family and is only awarded to the most exceptional individuals.


Student of the Year

This award is given to recognise an individual's outstanding dedication to their studies, their fellow students, their Students' Union and their community.


The Competitive Edge Award

Suitable for Students, University Staff and Students' Union Staff this award is given to recognise a personal contribution to the development of the employability 'Competitive Edge.'


The Ken Sproston
Hidden Impact Award

This award is named for Ken Sproston MBE, who served Staffordshire University as the University Secretary for 27 years. Ken played a significant behind-the-scenes role in making Staffordshire University and the Students' Union what it is today. This award recognises extraordinary hidden impact; the effect of hardwork behind the scenes.

Our Awards

Committee of the Year

This award is given to the most effective Students’ Union Student-Led Group Committee this year.

Suitable Nominees:

  • Registered Student-Led Group Committees

Nominations open 1st September 2018. Check back soon!

Community Champion Award

This award is given to a group or individual that has ran the best tangible initiative to benefit local people where they live.

Suitable Nominees:

  • Registered Student-Led Group

  • Informal Student Groups

  • Current Staffordshire University Students

  • Staffordshire University Staff

  • Students’ Union Staff

Nominations open 1st September 2018. Check back soon!

Core Staff Member of the Year

The award for the best Students’ Union core employee this year.

Suitable Nominees:

  • Students’ Union Core Staff

Nominations open 1st September 2018. Check back soon!

Event of the Year

The award for the best event this year.

Suitable Nominees:

  • Registered Student-Led Group Events

  • Informal Student Group Events

  • Students’ Union Events

  • University Events

Nominations open 1st September 2018. Check back soon!

Everyday Hero Award

Open to any individual, this award is given to an individual who has made a great impact on others through simple, everyday things.

Suitable Nominees:

  • Current Staffordshire University Students

  • Staffordshire University Staff

  • Students’ Union Staff

Nominations open 1st September 2018. Check back soon!

Innovation Award

This award recognises the best innovation of this year, including new student-led groups, activities, campaigns, artwork and media.

Suitable Nominees:

  • Current Staffordshire University Students

  • Staffordshire University Staff

  • Students’ Union Staff

  • Registered Student-Led Group Events

  • Informal Student Groups

Nominations open 1st September 2018. Check back soon!

Lecturer "I'd get out of bed for" Award

Specifically for academic staff, this award is given to an individual whose students always look forward to their lectures.

Suitable Nominees:

  • Staffordshire University Staff

Nominations open 1st September 2018. Check back soon!

Member of the Year

The award for the best non-committee member of a Student Group this year.

Suitable Nominees:

  • Members of Registered Student-Led Groups

Nominations open 1st September 2018. Check back soon!

Personal Tutor of the Year

Especially for academic staff, this award is given to an individual who students value greatly as a personal tutor.

Suitable Nominees:

  • Staffordshire University Staff

Nominations open 1st September 2018. Check back soon!

Phoenix Award

This award is given to a Students’ Union registered Student-Led Group who have improved the most this year.

Suitable Nominees:

  • Registered Student-Led Groups

Nominations open 1st September 2018. Check back soon!

Student Experience Award

This award recognises a staff member who has had an extraordinary impact on the experience of students here at Staffordshire University.

Suitable Nominees:

  • Staffordshire University Staff

  • Students’ Union Staff

Nominations open 1st September 2018. Check back soon!

Student Rep of the Year

Especially for registered Student-Representatives, this award recognises the most effective Student-Rep this year.

Suitable Nominees:

  • Registered Academic Representatives

  • Registered School Representatives

Nominations open 1st September 2018. Check back soon!

Union Team Member of the Year

Especially for Students who work for the Students’ Union, this award recognises the best Student Employee this year.

Suitable Nominees:

  • Students’ Union Student Staff

Nominations open 1st September 2018. Check back soon!

Student Voice Award

This award is given to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions in empowering the Voice of Students here at Staffordshire University.

Suitable Nominees:

  • Current Staffordshire University Students

  • Staffordshire University Staff

  • Students’ Union Staff

Nominations open 1st September 2018. Check back soon!

Student-Group of the Year

This award is given to the best Students’ Union registered Student-Led Group this year.

Suitable Nominees:

  • Registered Student-Led Groups

Nominations open 1st September 2018. Check back soon!

Sustainability Champion Award

Open to Staff and Students, this award is given to an individual who has made an extraordinary impact by championing sustainability at Staffordshire University.

Suitable Nominees:

  • Current Staffordshire University Students

  • Staffordshire University Staff

  • Students’ Union Staff

Nominations open 1st September 2018. Check back soon!

Volunteer of the Year

This student award is given to the best Volunteer this year.

Suitable Nominees:

  • Current Staffordshire University Students

Nominations open 1st September 2018. Check back soon!