Volunteering, Clubs and Societies (VCS) Awards

The SRC’s annual Volunteering, Clubs & Societies Awards celebrate the various achievements and success stories of our students.

Every year, the Volunteering, Clubs and Societies (VCS) Awards recognise and celebrate the incredible efforts made by both students who take part in volunteering and those who become members of clubs and societies.

This year, we have seen some absolutely fantastic work from volunteers, clubs and societies, putting in so much effort, time and imagination into adapting their activities and working to overcome the difficulties and restrictions that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to both semesters.

The awards are nominated for by UofG students and any UofG student involved in a club or society, who volunteers with GU Volunteering or does something world changing within the wider community.

You can nominate particular clubs or societies, events or even individuals for the awards which are split into different categories, which you will find in the nomination form, linked here or also available below. Nominations are open from January 25th to February 19th, 2021.

For any questions, please email a.mckenziesmith@src.gla.ac.uk. Thank you so much for nominating!


2021 Nomination Form

2020 Awards

Last year the awards took place on Friday 13th March 2020.

The winners:

Congratulations, and thank you to everyone who got involved!

Check out a full gallery of images from the night here.

Or go here to read the Events Programme from the night, which features a short description of each nominee.



View the shortlist of nominees below:


  • GU Club or Society Event of the Year
    – Student Theatre at Glasgow – STAG – Fantasy
    – Vegan Food Fair
    – Glasgow University Charity Fashion Show – GUCFS – Jailbreak
    – Glasgow University Mary’s Meals – Burns Night Ceilidh

    • Award for the club or society which has put on a special event, one that has impacted others, encouraged participation, and one that has positively influenced and impacted on the university community.
    • Clubs and Societies put on some incredible and wide-ranging events throughout the year, this award is to recognise the event that has made the biggest impact to the university community and to a club or societies members. We are looking for innovative, new exciting activities and the most impactful events on campus from the last academic year!
  • GU Club or Society Best Campaign of the Year
    – Glasgow Student Dance Company: Confidence & Diversity
    – GUVMA: Feel Good February
    – SWAG – Successful Women At Glasgow: Safety on Campus
    – GUDEV: Game Development Project

    • Highlighting the best individual or group of students who have shown continuous dedication, sustainable development and innovative content over the past year. This can be for any campaigns or initiatives.
    • Has your club or society started an innovative campaign this year? Has your club or society spearheaded a campaign to raise awareness to the wider student population? Has your club or society or one of your members gone above and beyond on social media or online, or even in person, to start an initiative?
  • GU New Club or Society of the Year
    – Walking Society
    – Ñ De España
    – War Film Society
    – Film Society

    • Recognising the development, commitment and success of new clubs and societies, affiliated with the SRC from September 2019.
    • Are you part of a recently formed club or society? Do you know a group of individuals who have gone above and beyond to develop their club or society for UofG students?
  • GU Club or Society Working Together Award
    – Glasgow University German Society
    – Glasgow University Scottish Country Dance Club
    – South Asian Society
    – Glasgow Marrow

    • Marking the achievements of a club or society who have collaborated with another group or individual. Can be either a longstanding partnership, a joint initiative or a collaborative event with both other clubs and societies or external companies.
    • Has your club or society reached out and worked with another club? Has there been joint initiatives where several clubs or societies have worked together to achieve something? Is there something continually going on with a partnership your club or society established that is achieving great things?


  • GU Volunteer & World Changer of the Year (combined ‘Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering’ and ‘World Changer’)
    – Kieran Dowling
    – Anushka Nargund
    – Alison Noble

    • Awarding students who have been influential, and displayed tremendous enthusiasm.
  • GU Clubs & Societies Volunteering – Community Outreach
    – STAR
    – GU Basketball Club’s Social Outreach Programme
    – Save a Baby’s Life
    – FemEng – Glasgow University’s Female Engineers

    • Commending a club or society’s partnership and involvement with Glasgow’s local community. This partnership should demonstrate a drive to challenge deprivation or inequality, and to build positive partnerships between the University and local community.
  • GU Campus Volunteering – Student Community
    – Beth Leishman
    – Let’s Talk Workshop Trainers
    – Philine von Hirschheydt
    – Sofia Costa Eriksson

    • Recognising a student’s or group of students’ achievements to volunteering on a University of Glasgow Campus. They must have demonstrated a desire to go above and beyond in volunteering on campus.

Nominations were open from 13th January until the 7th February 2020 and are now closed. Check out our past recipients of the VCS awards.