Union Society shortlisted at National Society Awards

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The Union is incredibly proud to announce that our Motorsport society has won runner-up at the National Societies Awards in the category of Best Academic Society.

Set up in the summer of 2018, the Motorsport society quickly grew to become the Union’s third biggest with fantastic recruitment activity at Freshers Fair and a choice of events such as Go Karting, F1 viewing parties and trips to Donington Race Circuit throughout the year.

The Union’s Activities team put the society forward for the award; feeling that the committee’s dedication has achieved real success in the short time the society has been set up. Union Societies Assistant Lewis Roden said “The Motorsport Society have always shown such commitment to their development plan and have engaged in everything the Union have offered them to improve their offer. They currently have 66 members, which makes them one of the Union’s biggest societies – and their membership is made up of students on the Motorsport course as well as students with a passion for or interest in that area.”

The committee discovered they had been nominated in January of this year and attended the National Societies Awards on Tuesday at Manchester Metropolitan University. Incoming treasurer James Proudfoot (originally from Leicestershire) said “It was a pretty big deal – we were on a table with Warwick’s History society and they’ve got 800 members! It was great to see different societies there from all over the country.”

President Matt Ridout (originally from near Watford) told us “We were so excited to be runner-up and the winners; Women in Engineering from Sheffield have done a great job to promote great engineering work happening at universities in the Midlands.”

The society were awarded a certificate and enjoyed an evening including a sit-down meal, drinks and entertainment.

We want to wish them a huge congratulations and are looking forward to seeing what the new committee have lined up for this year!

Union Societies are overseen by the Societies Council – a group of elected students that have specific areas to develop and improve in order to improve the social offering for all of our students at Derby.

Societies are a big part of university life, they provide students with the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded people, develop a skill or a hobby or just try something new.


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