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Pride of Newcastle Award

Pride of Newcastle University Awards


The Pride of Newcastle University Awards recognise your achievements and contribution to university life and the wider community through your extra-curricular activities. They celebrate students who have shone through in the ‘Celebrating Success Awards’.

These awards acknowledge students involved in activities such as clubs or societies, volunteering, fundraising, starting a new business, representing students or working on campus or beyond. This may be on any of our campuses, or reaching into the wider community on a local, national and international scale.

Awards will be presented in an online ceremony before an audience of students, university staff, graduate recruiters and city leaders. If you are an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Taught award winner, you will also receive formal recognition of your award on your degree transcript. The Awards Ceremony will take place on the evening of Thursday 17 June 2021 at 18:00 and will be hosted in a virtual setting.

You can view all of this year’s shortlisted entrants for the Pride of Newcastle University Awards here.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Pride of Newcastle University Awards is kindly sponsored by FDM.

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Pride Awards 2021

How to enter

Any current Newcastle University student can enter or be nominated for the Celebrating Success Awards, either as an individual or as a member of a group. If the activity you have been involved in was accredited (eg a module or placement as part of your degree), you must demonstrate how you have gone beyond the expectations and requirements of the activity to be considered for a Celebrating Success or Pride of Newcastle University Award.

Winners from the Celebrating Success Awards will be considered for shortlisting for the Pride of Newcastle University Awards, where they could potentially win any of the 'Outstanding Contribution' categories. Visit the Celebrating Success Awards website for more details.

If you aren’t sure how your activity might fit into the Celebrating Success Awards, please contact the Students' Union.

Nominations for the Celebrating Success Awards open Monday 8 February 2021 and will close on Monday 5 April 2021.


Entry requirements and judging criteria

Entry requirements

To be shortlisted for the Pride of Newcastle University Awards: 

  • you will have nominated yourself, or been nominated by someone else, for a Celebrating Success Award 
  • you will have won a category at a Celebrating Success Awards level as an individual, part of a group or society at any Newcastle University campus, including our campuses in Malaysia, Singapore or London (special arrangements will be made for students outside of Newcastle to celebrate their success locally). Alternatively, you will have been put forward from affiliated University awards.
  • your contribution to the University or our wider community should be demonstrated
  • your activities must have taken place during the last 12 months
  • you must not have received academic credit for any part of this achievement, including those relating to work you have done on behalf of a business, whether employed, working as a volunteer, on placement, or setting up or running your own business (excluding The Contribution to the Workplace Awards)
  • students involved in the judging panel or organising the awards cannot be nominated for an individual award but can be part of a wider team that is nominated 

The decision of the judging panel is final and no feedback will be given on individual nominees.

Winning students, societies or projects cannot enter the same category of the following year.

Judging criteria

In assessing nominations, judges will be looking for evidence of how the nominee has made Newcastle University particularly proud within one of the category areas. This will be through outstanding: 

  • innovation
  • effort
  • contribution
  • skill development
  • enterprise
  • impact



For each 'Outstanding Contribution' award, the winning entry will receive £250 and the runner up will receive £50.

All Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught winners will also receive recognition of the award on their degree transcript.

For any society winners, prizes will go to the winning societies, not to the individual who completed the form.


For 2020/21, there are 11 different award categories to recognise our students' outstanding contributions through extra-curricular activity. Click on each category below to see the context and criteria for each award.

For details about eligibility, judging and prizes, see how to enter.

2021 Shortlist

We are delighted that our annual Pride of Newcastle University Awards will be held virtually this year, recognising the achievements and contributions that our students and alumni have made to university life, extra-curricular activities and the wider community.

The awards shine a light on those involved in activities such as clubs or societies, volunteering, fundraising, starting a new business, representing students or working on campus or beyond. This may be on any of our campuses, or reaching into the wider community on a local, national and international scale.

Following the judging and selection of our student winners as part of the Celebrating Success Awards, we are thrilled to announce the Pride of Newcastle University Awards shortlisted student nominees.

Pride of Newcastle University Awards 2021 Student Nominees

Trimanjot Singh Anand: Student Representative of the Year

The nominee has been instrumental in bringing vital changes in student representation by working on the implementation of EDI elected representatives and also brought about changes in the NU Med app to allow easy student accessibility and represented the students’ interests in joint committees and external organizations.TJ was also the NU Med School Rep, NU Med SA External Relations Officer and the VP for Student Development for Educity Student Senate 2021.

Blank Canvas Society: Best New Society Award

Blank Canvas is a newly established society this academic year. They have grown into a successful society with almost 100 members. They have consistently run socials for their members with their concept of craft boxes and even organised a social media campaign celebrating crafts around the world!

Katherine Bulmer: Individual Contribution to University Sport

Kat Bulmer is a stalwart of Newcastle University Boat Club. As she enters her ninth year at the club she is looked up to, admired and respected. Kat's served in numerous committee positions including President for two years. She's a BUCS Champion and represents the university better than anyone I know.

Carrots on the Run: Fundraiser of the Year

From the 25th of October to the 25th of December three amazing women set themselves the utterly mind boggling challenge of running 5km every single day for the West End food bank, totalling 930km between them all.  They raised more than £6000 for what is a very worthy cause.

Creative Writing Society: Most Improved Society Award

Despite an unfortunate start to 2020/21, the Creative Society have innovated and expanded this year to become bigger than ever before. New projects include our two brilliant fundraising Charity Anthologies, countless hours of workshops, Open Mic nights, writing competitions, regular welfare events, and handmade care packages to students in lockdown.

Newcastle University Dance Club: Club of the Year

Newcastle University Dance Club has met every challenge it has faced this year with enthusiasm, determination and community spirit. The club has provided an essential outlet for students to practice their sport, stay connected and even compete at a national level, despite the difficult circumstances.

Adam Desouza: Sustainability Champion

Adam has shown great effort and dedication to raising awareness around sustainability and in inspiring other students to look at these issues. Adam recently was awarded a special commendation for Creativity at the Newcastle Annual Thank You Awards which took place earlier this year.  His submission ‘Life Below Water’ focussed on the consequences of plastic pollution and the impact it is having on marine ecosystems.

Lucy Evanson (Bar Society): Individual Award for Outstanding Contribution to Societies

Lucy orchestrated and led brand new initiatives like Welfare Week, Mental Health Week, the Buddy Scheme, and Coffee Morning Wednesdays. Lucy's roles as Sponsorship and Welfare Officer has formed relationships for the Bar Society that have been crucial for events and future connections. Lucy always gives the Bar Society 100%.

Peter Exley: Alumni Impact Award

Peter Exley, 1985 BA First Class Honors in Architectural Studies, is the current President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the world’s largest organization dedicated to design. Exley leads the 95,000 member Washington DC based organization and its strategic imperatives to commit to climate action and to catalyze equity.

Feminist Society & HAS –"Let Me Be-Lieve": Best Inter-Society Collaboration

The Feminist Society collaborate with HAS, N.E.S.T and members of the university's Jewish community to discuss interfaith topics and showcase marginalised cultural groups and both their beauty and their struggles.

Feminist Society: Contribution to Inclusivity Award

The Feminist Society has worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to create a safe space for all. The tools they have created will help future committees to maintain and grow this safe space for every person who needs it.

First Aid Society: Society Contribution to the Community

Volunteering in hospitals, frontline ambulances and mass vaccination centres, the Newcastle First Aid Society members have spent over 1000 hours volunteering with St John Ambulance in local communities and supporting NHS. They joined the frontline 12 months ago and have not backed down since!

Newcastle University First Responders: Students for Health

The Newcastle University First Responders have supported the North East Ambulance Service on numerous emergency call outs this past year and have helped to deliver a high quality people focussed health care to the local community during this COVID pandemic.

Sarah Grant: Rising Star Award

Sarah Grant is an inspiring entrepreneur and pioneer in healthcare recruitment. Through her start-up, My Healthcare Recruit, she has worked tirelessly to staff frontline work during the Covid-19 pandemic, deploying over 750 nurses who have been able to make a real difference to UK healthcare when it was most needed.

Eleasha Haslam and Jenni Boddy: Student Chair of the Year

In a very challenging year Eleasha and Jenni have professionally, confidently and effectively chaired the Geography SVC, improving student communication and representation through online forums and new sub-committees, while ensuring that SVC meetings are spaces for decision making and action.

Kirils Holstovs: Rising Star Award

Originally from Riga, Kirils Holstovs is a graduate of the Class of 2019, MEng Civil and Structural Engineering. Kirils now works for AECOM’s Structures team in Newcastle upon Tyne as a Graduate Engineer and volunteers for the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), as their North East Climate Change Lead.

Meg Howe: The Courier Sub-editor of the Year Award

Meg has worked so hard for the Life-style section this year.  Despite issues with other sub editors, she has kept the standard up week after week, as well as regularly writing for other sections of the paper. She deserves so much recognition for her hard work this year.

Katie Irving: On-Campus Worker of the Year

Katie is always happy to contribute as much as she can and works very efficiently, taking advice from other staff members. We have organised and carried out three online events successfully, thanks to Katie who volunteered to be the host for them all. Katie has gone above and beyond to improve student awareness of the importance of engaging with employability activities.

It Happens Here - Make Misogyny a Hate Crime: Best Society Campaign

IHH have successfully campaigned to help get misogyny recognised as a hate crime within England and Wales. They have campaigned since July 2020, working with local charities and the community to raise awareness and get people to sign an open letter. This is ongoing to ensure Newcastle fully implements it!

Newcastle Kings Dodgeball: Community Club of the Year

Despite the impact of COVID-19, Newcastle Kings have led increased charity initiatives to help the community and team alike and are proud of our success. Participating in ‘Movember’ and ‘Walk All Over Cancer’, they have raised over £3500, and have a foodbank collection planned before the end of the year.

Make Misogyny Hate by IHH: Campaign of the Year

It Happens Here were not deterred or scared off their path in creating city wide change to continue to tackle gender-based violence. They are a shining light of support, solidarity and hope for all survivors of sexual violence.

Niamh McCann: Placement Student of the Year (Large business)

During her interview, Niamh spoke of a desire to learn about media from ‘the other side’ – a press office in a large, multinational. Niamh is now at the heart of Covid news, the biggest health story in a generation. Niamh’s skills of organisation, prioritisation, delegating upwards and managing others really came into their own when she coordinated the Pfizer press office during the two biggest news moments in the company’s history – when the first Covid vaccine data came out and when it was approved in the UK.

Imogen Milne: Course Rep of the Year PG

Imogen demonstrated exceptional representation skills, navigating a challenging situation in raising significant concerns about the course. Through successful negotiation and appropriate escalation through the representation structure, Imogen facilitated improved access to clinical skills teaching, additional resources and remediation teaching to alleviate the impact of Covid-19 disruption, making a lasting impact.

Henry Milner: Placement Student Worker of the Year (Small-Med business)

It is no overstatement to say Henry’s involvement in client design and development projects has been exceptional, we would have struggled without his input. Henry instantly grasped the principles involved with the complexities of each project. His maturity and professionalism far outweighs his age, we have no reservations about putting him in front of our clients to discuss some of the most complex points of the project.

Joe Molander: Outstanding Contribution to The Courier

Joe has consistently gone above and beyond with his dedication to the Courier - not only to the Current Affairs sections but to the other sub-editors, writers, and the general paper too. He never complains and works so tirelessly. Joe is an absolutely incredible writer and has written for a wide range of sections across his time at Newcastle.

Holly Murphy: School Rep of the Year UG

Holly has been crucial in the communication between senior staff and students on learning, wellbeing, technology inequalities and assessment. Holly ensured the student voice has helped the Dental School to react so quickly to the student body.  

Kaushik Mysore: Course Rep of the Year UG

Kaushik always listens to students’ concerns and passes them on to the relevant parties. He actively engages with the students on their course and tries to make their experience as positive as possible. Especially under the current circumstances, Kaushik works incredibly hard and deserves this award.

N.E.S.T Digital Youth Project: Volunteering Innovation Award

N.E.S.T’s Digital Youth Project has expanded to provide a well-rounded programme of support for forcibly displaced young people in the North East. These sessions aim to lessen the impact of the pandemic on their academic and social development, and additionally tackling loneliness for volunteers and learners.

N.E.S.T: Community Outreach Award & Youth Volunteering Award

N.E.S.T has adapted to provide an extensive programme of support for hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers in the region and beyond. The response has been led and delivered by students who have committed to standing by the community for whom they care so passionately for.

N.E.S.T: Social Inclusion Award

The greatest accomplishment is that for learners, N.E.S.T represents family, hope and a means for a better future. N.E.S.T provides resources and support to enable the community to realise their goals. N.E.S.T volunteers come from all over the world and are a credit to themselves and to everyone at Newcastle University.

Nightline: Students for Students Award

In the last academic year, Nightline has made a huge impact upon the wellbeing of Newcastle University's students. Nightline has gone above and beyond to provide the optimal support despite the challenges that Covid has posed by adapting to remote shifts and keeping the service running every night of term.

Sohum Pandya: Cultural Diversity Award

Sohum has worked this year to represent as many minority groups as possible despite Covid restrictions. They have formed the BAME union to spread awareness and celebrate and educate students of the beautiful diverse cultures we have on campus.

Pole and Aerial Society: Best Performance Event

In a year where pole dancing and aerial has been so difficult due to no face-to-face classes and social distancing, NUPAS was able to hold a virtual winter showcase which raised money for the amazing Young Minds charity. As a result of the performance event, the society was able to raise money for a fantastic charity, Young Minds, which provide mental health support for teenagers and young adults which given the current state of the world is so important as mental health is an issue we now see rising throughout the country.

Project Surf: New Volunteer Project of the Year

Project Surf has helped to improve socialisation skills, physical fitness, balance and overall well-being through the medium of surfing for children in the North East. The project has received fantastic feedback from all involved and it is a project with great potential to grow over the coming years.

Olivia Rowe: AU Club Member of the Year

Liv has consistently pushed for changes and improvements with how the club is run so that the team can continually improve techniques and enjoy themselves throughout.

Khaleel Shazada: EDI or E&S Rep of the Year

Khaleel has been the most dedicated and influential Student EDI Rep. He has demonstrated a huge passion to drive for a positive change within the School, Faculty and University. He went above and beyond his role as EDI Rep, he is an outstanding EDI ambassador for the School.

Harriot Sloane: Student Leadership Award

Harriot has led Fem Soc for the last year, and been involved for the last three. She's dedicated to our committee, our members, and our message. Her warmth and ambition have allowed Fem Soc to reach new heights -starting a podcast, selling merch, raising money, and undertaking our Digital Feminism Summit.

SLT Society - Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder: Best Society Event

On 18 October 2020, the SLT society lit up Gateshead Millennium Bridge purple and yellow to raise awareness of Developmental Language Disorder. They raised awareness through posters around the city, newspaper articles and featuring on the radio.

Speech and Language Therapy Society: Society of the Year & Best Departmental Society

The SLT society has gone above and beyond in providing both academic, social and welfare events for its members this year. They have acted as a crux in building friendships across year groups, keeping members feeling connected and managing stress in a year that has been all but normal.

Omolayo Soruna: Change Maker of the Year

Omolayo has made massive positive impact in various aspects of university life. She has showcased some amazing skills and qualities as a leader, team worker, advocate and friend to many people. She has gone above and beyond what's necessary as a university student.

Speech and Language Therapy Angel of the North: Best Fundraising Event

The SLT society were true fundraising champions this year. For international swallowing awareness day on 18 March 2021 the society undertook a 24 hour pureed diet challenge, raising a monumental £1190 for Head and Neck Cancer UK. Swallowing difficulties affect 50-60% of head and neck cancer survivors.

Jessica Stanford: Alumni Impact Award

Jess works for the UN World Food Programme in one of the world's largest refugee camps. Previously she has supported post disaster reconstruction in the Caribbean and South East Asia, and post-earthquake reconstruction in Kathmandu, Nepal. She shows outstanding organizational skills, self-sacrifice and commitment to help others.

Melesse Temesgen: Alumni Impact Award

Dr Melesse Temesgen has effectively applied the scientific theory he learnt at Newcastle University to invent new technologies that solved the problems of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia. He is the co-founder and CEO of Aybar Engineering PLC, which invents and manufactures new agricultural implements for sale.

Chloe Twiselton: Unsung Hero Award

Chloe has consistently gone above and beyond in her fundraising efforts, volunteering her time as President of Newcastle Marrow and Charities Officer for the History society. She has constantly impressed us with her commitment and determination to help others, and the amazing relationships she has built up with local businesses!

A Jolly Good Times by VOLTAGE: Best Online Event Of The Year

VOLTAGE organised a virtual Christmas Fundraiser for Johor Cerebral Palsy as they were facing a financial crisis. This event consisted of various performances by both NU Med students and neighbouring universities. Simultaneously, a simply giving page was created and publicized on social media throughout December. MYR 6369 was raised.

Chris Watts: Rising Star Award

In 2016 Chris joined Medecines Sans Frontieres working in a refugee camp in the Middle East: Burj Barajneh. In a Palestinian town in South Beirut he met a man he's going to know forever. Ahmad Al Jamal is a UN ambassador and the first Palestinian refugee to become a professional footballer in Lebanon. For four years they cultivated plans on crackling Skype calls, organised tournaments and turned carparks into classrooms. This led to negotiations with the armed political factions who battle for territory and power inside the camp. Then the UK Charity Commission approved Future Academy as a registered charity. They are a football academy and English school for the world’s forgotten children. We can’t rewrite history but we will fight for their future.

Ashley Wilkins: School Rep of the Year PG

Ashley has supported PGRs in his school as a vocal School Rep, contributing to high-level PGR Sub-Committee discussions and raising issues of PGRs in his school being ineligible for the University's funding support. His contributions have ensured students with 3.5 years funding can now apply - a real achievement.

Hannah Wood: Intern of the Year

Hannah’s attitude to work is admirable. She is enthusiastic and passionate about what she does and challenges respectfully if she believes that improvements can be made. Her work ethic and approach were well received by the Chirton team and the way that Hannah worked in a senior role to coordinate marketing activities in a male-dominated engineering company is a reflection of her precocious talent for marketing and leadership. It’s hard to believe that Hannah is still completing her degree and is not an experienced marketing professional. Her impact and value add has been massive at Chirton Engineering and the full team is very thankful to her for what she has done to improve the marketing and brand. 

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The Awards Ceremony will take place on the evening of Thursday 17 June 2021 at 18:00 live on the University Facebook page.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s virtual Pride of Newcastle University Awards is sponsored by FDM.

We invite you to help celebrate the amazing achievements and hard work of our students this past year.

2021 Winners

Congratulations to all of our students and Alumni who were shortlisted for the awards.

As always, so many of our nominees have gone above and beyond, demonstrating huge commitment and passion for their extra-curricular activities, the university and the wider community.  This year the Careers Service saw the second highest number of nominations, with an impressive 931 received, shining a light on the amazing actions of our students and alumni.

If you missed the live ceremony, it is still available to watch on Facebook (no account or login is required)​.

We were delighted that this year the awards were sponsored by FDM Group.