De Montfort University (DMU) societies and sports clubs were celebrated for their achievements this term at the Sport and Student Activities Dinner on Friday 14 December.
The Sport and Student Activities Dinner highlights the exceptional achievements of societies, volunteers and sports clubs while also celebrating their achievements and the DMU student experience.
The dinner, which took place at The Venue@DMU followed a Brazilian theme and included a three-course meal and Samba dancing, face painting and music.
There was a total of seven awards on the night with winners including The Music Society who won The VC’s Society of the Term, Demon Media who won the Society Impact Award and Lacrosse who won The VC’s Club of the Term.
Kait Baker Smith, Chairperson of the Music Society said: “We’re ecstatic! I think it’s insane that we’ve won and I think our biggest achievement this year has been how much our society has been involved in everything that we do.”
Hannah Willoughby, Social Secretary for the Music Society added: “We’d just like to thank all of our members who nominated us this year. We’ve had an amazing start to the year, so successful and yeah we’re excited for you to see what we do next year”
The Music Society were presented The Vice Chancellor's Society of the Term award by Vice Chancellor Dominic Shellard.
The Music Society has increased their membership by nearly a third this year, have changed their showcase venue to allow members better accessibility and have continued to expand their relationship with local businesses, societies and charities. They also raised over £140 for the Alzheimer’s Society in just three hours.
Demon Media were also recognised for raising money for charity including the raising of £2,000 through RAG and other events. Their most recent event ‘Demon Does Children in Need’ included a livestream from the Campus Centre Atrium and raised over £200.
Tom Evers, Head of Audio Output for Demon Media said: ‘It’s absolutely great, we’ve done so many things with different societies, with regular societies, with new societies, it’s just great.’
‘We raised so much money with RAG (Raising and Giving) last year, we’ve raised so much money with Children in Need this year and we’re looking forward to raising even more money with new societies and old societies next year.’
DSU's DP of Education Mollie Footitt presented Demon Media with the Society Impact Award on the evening.
Lacrosse walked away with the VC’s Club of the Term award following an incredible start to the season with successes on and off the pitch. The club also plan to continue developing in 2019 with plans to host a Midland Universities Men’s and Women’s tournament and improve student engagement with DMUactive sessions.
The team were described as ‘pro-active, solution driven and clearly passionate about their sport’ by Vice Chancellor of DMU Dominic Shellard on the night.
Many brilliant societies and sport clubs were also given recognition by being nominated for multiple awards. One of which was the African and Caribbean Society (ACS) who were nominated for three awards including the Society Impact Award, The VC’s Society of the Term award and Society Member of the Year Award.
Lacrosse were awarded the Vice Chancellor's Club of the Term for their achievements on and off the pitch.
Piet Mpambie, Chair Person for ACS and nominee for Society Member of the Year award said: ‘I think it was a really vibrant night and I’m really happy we got nominated for three awards. It was really good to be nominated, especially for the BAME community.’
‘We’ve had really great interaction this year with the first years and we’ve also had great events, especially with Through the Times - the Black History Month event that was really well attended.’
Tiara Hemans, Health and Safety Officer for ACS added: ‘Tonight was really good, there was a really positive energy and I think everyone was just really happy.’
Team of the Term went to Woman’s Squash for reaching top of the table during the BUCS season and for their contribution to creating an inclusive and thriving environment for members.
Chris Hattan walked away with Society Member of the Year for his outstanding commitment to DMU Hackers and helping other DMU students learn and develop their ethical hacking skills while also being an advocate for women in tech.
All Round Individual of the Term went to Ellie Jones for supporting each Law Society committee member, being continuously welcoming, inviting and ensuring everyone felt comfortable to join even if they didn’t study Law.
Derrick opened the evening with a speech about positive impact that all student groups have at De Montfort University.
DP of Activities at DSU, Derrick Mensah who opened and closed the night, also awarded Ffion Edgeley the Sport Volunteer of the Team award for going above and beyond her role as secretary for DMU Archery. Ffion also ran the first ThisGirlCan event, encouraging participation and developing herself to benefit the club.
See all the photos from the night on our FB page here.
Check out the full list of winners from the night:
- Team of the Term – Women’s Squash
- Society Impact Award – Demon Media
- Society Member of the Year – Chris Hattan
- Sport Volunteer of the Term – Ffion Edgeley
- All Round Individual of the Term – Ellie Jones
- The Vice-Chancellor’s Society of the Term – Music Society
- The Vice-Chancellor’s Club of the Term - Lacrosse