Two societies from the University of St Andrews have been nominated for the National Societies Awards in Manchester.
The Astronomical Society (AstroSoc) is up for the award of best academic society which recognises organisations that have “enhanced the academic experience for its members”.
The St Andrews Women for Women International Society has been nominated for best fundraising/campaigning society which is “give the to the Society that has made the best contribution to either a Campaign; Project or Initiative, or the work of a charity, making a positive impact at their institution, in their local community or further afield.”
This will be the fourth edition of the National Societies Awards. Over 800 different societies applied to be nominated from across the country. The ceremony will take place on April 30 and will be hosted by the University of Manchester Metropolitan Student Union.
The President of AstroSoc Seonaid Rapach said: “the nomination means so much to the committee and the members. Every week at our stargazing events we strive to tap into people’s interest of space with talks around Astrophysics and use of our two available telescopes. We are so happy that this work is being recognised and hope this engages more people to look up into the night sky.”
A statement from the St Andrews branch of Women for Women said: “We are delighted to have been nominated for the ‘Best Fundraising/ Campaigning Society’ at the National Societies Awards 2019! Women for Women International is an international charity which supports female survivors of war in post-conflict areas and helps them to rebuild their lives. As the St. Andrews branch, we directly sponsor 49 women in countries including Nigeria, Kosovo and the Democratic Republic of Congo through W4W’s ‘sisterhood’ project.
“We have made it our aim this semester to raise as much money as possible for our sisters, so thank you to everyone who has supported our events this year and made that possible.
“Our events and fundraisers this year have been hugely successful and diverse; we hosted a visit from Kezia Dugdale (ex-Scottish Labour leader) to discuss her experience as a woman in politics, and organised a visit from the Fundraising and Marketing Officer from W4W HQ in London to discuss her career, which the Dundee Feminist society travelled over the Tay to attend! We also held ‘The Great St. Andrews Bake Off’ and invited entrants to submit their best baked goods… Our biggest event of the year, ‘Women in the Arts’, features female artists from acapella, to comedy, to singing and dancing and more!
“We hugely appreciate the collaborations with other societies, particularly Capture Collective, who we co-hosted a ‘Drink and Draw’ evening with to create artwork for our ‘Women in the Arts’ showcase.
“We have also made it our aim to increase the awareness and engagement with the values of W4W in our own community, and really enjoy the opportunity to support such a wonderful and important charity.”