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Kent Student Awards

Award categories

Students or groups can be nominated in any one of the following categories by staff, other students or members of the public. Student groups can self-nominate.

The judges are looking for inspirational students who have made a difference to people, communities or environments through dedication, innovation, understanding or skill.

The winner in each category will receive their very own brick in the University's 'Footsteps Path' and a certificate, and their achievement will be recognised on their Higher Education Achievement Report when they graduate.

The awards are open to individuals and to student groups, for example societies and sports clubs.

One of the individual winners of these prestigious awards will receive the additional honour of being named ‘Student of the Year’, and one of the winning groups will also be awarded ‘Group of the Year’.

[Please note that the judges reserve the right to not award all prizes in all categories - see terms and conditions for more details]


14 January – 22 March 2019
Nominations welcome

15 – 23 April 2019
Initial shortlisting

29 April – 10 May 2019
Final shortlisting

Friday 31 May 2019
Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony

Outstanding Contribution to Arts and Culture

Nominate a student or group who have contributed in the area of fine art or music, photography or writing, drama, dance or design. The student or group is expected to have developed their own cultural learning and that of the student population or members of the local community.

Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community

Nominate a student or group for improving any area or aspect of the local community, for example by offering support to a disadvantaged group or by volunteering with a community project (such as a new volunteering initiative or activities that educate or train other volunteers).

Outstanding Contribution to Sports Development

Nominate a student or group for their contribution to sports development. This will include those using sport to reach out to others, enabling communities or individuals to develop and grow, perhaps regulating and assisting by coaching, refereeing or providing support, as well as rewarding those participating in a team or individual activity.

Outstanding Student Entrepreneurs of the Year

Nominate an individual or team who have demonstrated innovation, impact, skills, dedication and commitment as a result of running a business whilst studying at the University. The judges are less interested in profit and loss and more interested in what students have taken from the experience (tackling of issues, challenges and opportunities).

Outstanding Contribution to the Environment

Nominate a student or group who has been an advocate for good practices or initiatives in a variety of areas such as the environment, ethics, community and architecture. Candidates are expected to have actively promoted environmental and sustainability issues to their peers, academics and the local community to bring about effective change on a small or large scale.

Outstanding Contribution to Media and Communications

Nominate a student or group for their contribution in promoting and marketing ideas, services or products to the student community (as active volunteers or paid workers).

Outstanding International/Multicultural Initiative of the Year

Nominate a student or group for any initiative that engages staff and students in celebrating the University's distinct international or multicultural communities.

Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity

Nominate a student or group who have developed or promoted equality, diversity and inclusivity initiatives or projects within the University or local community.

Outstanding Contribution to University and College Life

Nominate a student or group for their outstanding contribution to the life of a College, or to the University as a whole. This may be through an area such as a college committee, volunteering, social events and activities or as a student ambassador, or it could be for a range of work across many different areas.

Outstanding Contribution to Fundraising

Nominate students who generously devote their time to fundraising, making a real difference for their societies or for a charity.

Outstanding Contribution to Academic Communities

Nominate students for their contribution to their Academic School through co-curricular activities. This could include being a Student Rep, School Rep or Faculty Rep, volunteering for Open Days or School-based initiatives/activities and/or supporting others through peer mentoring.

Outstanding Contribution to Student Employment - *** NEW FOR 2019 ***

This award recognises the individual or team who have gone above and beyond in their Student Staff role(s). It will include those working on campus or off campus in roles based in Canterbury, Medway, Tonbridge or the University of Kent's European centres. Nominees are expected to have gone beyond their day to day duties, embraced the values and behaviours of their department and had a positive impact on those around them.

Chancellor's Awards

Student of the Year

One of the students winning the categories above will have honour of being named 'Student of the Year' by the University's Chancellor, Gavin Esler.

Group of the Year

One of the groups winning the categories above will have the additional honour of being named 'Group of the Year' by the University's Chancellor, Gavin Esler.

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