Seven student leaders receive the Union's highest honour

The Union is delighted to recognise some of our most passionate and engaged students.

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Each year, the Union awards Honorary Life Membership to students who have gone the extra mile during their time at the University of Derby, making an outstanding contribution to the Union and representing the interests of University of Derby students on a regular basis. Honorary Life Membership is a great way to honour someone who has worked really hard and who students nominate to receive this exclusive award as recognition for all they’ve done.

This year, we are thrilled to announce that the following individuals received Honorary Life Membership at this month's Scrutiny Panel (made up of elected and appointed student volunteers):

  • Corey Beck
  • Emily Lane
  • Josh Williams
  • Annaline Jones
  • Wayne McFarland
  • Fay Turner-Paxton
  • Joel Boulter

Congratulations to all of this year's recipients! The panel were very keen that honourable mentions be given to several other students who have made a huge impact this year including Shannesia Hodge, Megan Cox, Elizabeth Hayden, and Megan Bollen. They said it was a very tough decision with so many highly engaged students making a great impact.


Honorary Life Membership to the Union of Students is awarded to a maximum of four students (Officer Trustees are considered separately) who have really gone above and beyond.

With Honorary Life Membership comes many benefits. Those awarded are continued to be entitled to become a member of any Union Sports Club or Society, participate in the Union’s organised events, and use the Union’s bars and clubs at the discretion of the organising committees or license holders after their studies have concluded. Honorary Life Members also get a vote at the Annual General Meetings.

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