Newly rebranded and redeveloped for 2021-22; the ‘Badges‘ and ‘Gold Stars‘ awards are a wonderful scheme for clubs and societies to truly showcase how they go above and beyond. Developed from the prior ‘Bronze/Silver/Gold Stars’ scheme; the new badges system allows clubs and societies to achieve 5 individual badges for particular areas of activity. This means clubs and societies can accomplish badges which they have particular interest in.
In a similar to way in Marvel films with Thanos collecting the Infinity Stones … you can attain just one badge, but the aim should be to collect all 5 badges!
If a club or society wants to truly go above and beyond, and achieve all 5 badges, they will be awarded ‘Gold Stars‘; an award which will be received at their respective end of year Awards Ball. The Gold Stars award is highly commendable, and will show off to students and staff that their club or society is of high standard. Achieving ‘Gold Stars’ should be an objective for all clubs and societies.
The committee of that club or society will also be rewarded*, should they receive ‘Gold Stars’!
*rewards to be confirmed
How do we submit our badge applications?
There will be a form released to clubs and societies in due course, where you will be able to update your applications with your progress on achieving Badge criteria. Once you have completed all criteria for a Badge, a request will be sent to the VP Activity and the Activities Manager for approval. If approved, your group will be awarded the Badge or Gold Stars! If you have any questions at all, please do email the VP Activity (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Activities Manager Jodie Barnes (email@example.com).
The Collaboration Badge
A badge achieved by those groups willing to go above and beyond in collaborating!
- Host a collaboration with another club/society
- Take part in any Union Campaign e.g. Girls Who Can Takeover, One World Gala etc.
- Evidence of a collaboration being advertised on social media and on screens around campus
- Evidence of participation in the Make Your Change Campaign
- As a club/society, partake in at least one Surrey Moves event
The Community Badge
A badge achieved by those groups willing to go above and beyond in the community!
- Partake in Give It A Go Week (in semester 1, 2, or both!)
- Host or participate in one charitable club/society event
- Volunteer with the Students Union in a Union or University sustainability campaign
- Fundraise* a minimum amount for Charity (£10 p/member or £1000 as a whole, whichever is least)
*Must be put through the RAG account to count, and any charity fundraising can be included (however our 2 partner charities are encouraged!).
The EmployableMe Badge
A badge achieved by those groups willing to go above and beyond in improving employability!
- Participate in at least one of the Union’s EmployableMe events
- Input hours onto Surrey Volunteering Platform (10 hours p/member or 1000 hours total, whichever is least)
- A member of your club/society should be working towards the University’s Employability Award
- All committee members to have completed a course on the Skills Platform (https://ussu.co.uk/skills/)
- Explain how you have upskilled your club/society members, or promoted employability
the EDI Badge
A badge achieved by those groups willing to go above and beyond in promoting equality!
- Outline how you cater for students from Widening Participation Groups (please see the following link for a list of groups https://www.surrey.ac.uk/schools-colleges/teachers-and-careers-advisers/targeting-and-eligibility-criteria )
- Provide an example on how you have removed barriers to participation
- Undertake and advertise at least 3 non-drinking socials throughout the year
- Participate in a Union EDI campaign e.g. This Girl Can, Black History Month, LGBTQ+ History Month
- Host and advertise at least one online/virtual social
The Wellbeing Badge
A badge achieved by those groups willing to go above and beyond in promoting wellbeing!
- Must have at least one fully trained Wellbeing Champion on committee
- The Wellbeing Champion must be fully trained within the academic year, the training day happens once in both Semester 1 and Semester 2.
- Provide proof of engagement in a wellbeing campaign run by the Students’ Union
- Promote Welfare Watch and/or Nightline to your members; this may include a Welfare Watch takeover night or regular promo on social media.
- All committee members to complete the consent course (https://wellbeing.surrey.ac.uk/consent)
- At least 1 committee member to partake in SU lead Active Listening and/or Bystander Intervention Training
This should be the ultimate goal of all clubs and societies, to show they truly go above and beyond. By achieving all 5 badges, they will be awarded ‘Gold Stars‘; an award which will be received at their respective end of year Awards Ball! This is Colours Ball for Clubs, and Union Ball for Societies.
The Gold Stars award is highly commendable, and will show off to students and staff that their club or society is of high standard and has truly gone above and beyond. Achieving ‘Gold Stars’ should be an objective for all clubs and societies, and by achieving it the club or society and their committee will be rewarded! These rewards will be confirmed in due course… keep your eyes peeled!
If Gold Stars are achieved by a group, then their badges will go from their duotone colour schemes to badges with Gold Stars… resulting in the group having 5 Gold Star badges, which they can use to show off their achievements!