Being Motivational in May

Posted on: 27 May 2022

It’s May which means it’s awards season at Student Hubs. But that is not our only focus, we have been working meticulously hard on wrapping up our projects as well. Here are the highlights of our month.

Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Awards

Cambridge Hub celebrated their third Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Awards. The Awards recognize outstanding students at the University of Cambridge. You can hear more about the awards and meet all of the amazing winners on the Cambridge Hub blog.

‘The Vice Chancellor Social Impact Awards is an opportunity for students to be recognised for the social impact they create. It was amazing to see all these students in a single room together this year and hearing the room bustling with students discussing their work with their peers many of which had only met today. It is a strong reminder that passion and collaboration is what we need to create change in this world, these students embody this.’

-Sophia Upton, Cambridge Hub Programmes Manager

Southampton Hub Awards

The Hub Awards are a fantastic opportunity to showcase the hard work and achievements of our wonderful volunteers. During the Awards, we highlight the incredible impact that our projects and volunteers have achieved over the year, and feature those volunteers who have gone above and beyond during their time with us. We have awarded 13 students for their contribution to our projects and their achievements.

A group of staff and students are stood in front of a projector smiling and waving. On the projector is text "Southampton Hub Awards".

Branch-Up Volunteer of the Year – Emily Bolton

Branch-Up Sub-Committee Member of the Year – Nadya Longstaff

Libraries Plus Volunteer of the Year – Charlotte Cant

Libraries Plus Sub-Committee Member of the Year – Dorian Audot

Invent Plus Volunteer of the Year – Henry Snell

Inspire Debate Change Volunteer of the Year – Chante O’Shaughnessy

BioCycle Volunteer of the Year – Andres Esteve

Empower Volunteer of the Year – Laura Clarke

Schools+ Volunteer of the Year – Sam Hall

Schools+ Sub-Committee Member of the Year – Megan Sheridan

Student Hubs Values Award – Zara Campbell

Southampton Hub 20-21 Committee Member of the Year – Nicki Ashworth

Southampton Hub Long-Term Commitment Award – Jess Smith

National Society and Volunteering Awards

At the NSVAs this year, one of our Schools+ volunteers in Kingston Hub has been longlisted for the Extra Mile Award for their contribution to our projects and volunteering as an international student while studying in India. Moreover, the collaborative event between Bristol Hub and the Fashion Society, Trashion Show, has been longlisted for the Event Award this year. Good luck to all our long-listers and we are looking forward to the results. Find out more on the awards ceremony and the longlists on the NSVA website.

In the Spotlight

This month we wanted to put two of our projects in the spotlight, Branch Up and Climate Action Bristol

Climate Action Bristol (CAB) is a Bristol Hub skilled placement. Working in collaboration with NetPositive Futures and the University of Bristol’s Sustainability team, students work with local businesses to create climate action plans and start making changes to be more sustainable. This month, Bristol Hub hosted a showcase to celebrate their progress. Read more in the University of Bristol CAB Blog

A young person is pouring water into a bamboo shoot that filters into the ground below. Another young person is behind them smiling.

Branch Up supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through free activity days. Southampton and Bristol Hub have successfully delivered their last Branch Up days this month. In Southampton, our young people have pushed themselves to conquer their fear of heights by going on climbing walls. While in Bristol, we visited the farm!

Sandy beach and someone has drawn in "I (heart shape) Branch Up"

What to Look Out For

  • Alumni Networking Event: We will be joined by a panel of Student Hubs alumni sharing their journey since university and how their Hub experience has fed into this. There will then be an opportunity for networking in small group break out rooms. Book your ticket here.
  • 15 for Student Hubs: We are heading into the final month of our 15 challenge fundraiser to celebrate our 15th birthday. If you would like to support our work and fundraise for us, find out how you can on our 15 for Student Hubs blog.
  • June webinars: Our webinars on Transitioning into a Workplace and Bringing Student Leaders Together are our final student and staff webinars in our series. You can check out more on the webinars and book your ticket on Eventbrite.
  • Alumni wrap up: Check our Instagram stories for our usual biweekly alumni wrap-up for more news and opportunities.

Unsal Kaynak

Unsal Kaynak is the Kingston Hub Manager who also supports the Student Hubs Alumni Network. If you have questions or want to get in touch you can email him at

Tags: Alumni, Community, Impact, News

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