Leeds Trinity Students' Union (LTSU) has been named 'Students' Union of the Year' at the National Union of Students (NUS) Awards 2017.
The team, led by President Steph Little and Vice-President Josh Clough, received the accolade for their achievements over the past 12 months including the launch of a new website for students to join clubs and societies online, purchase tickets for Freshers' Week events, and introduce electronic voting for elections. As a result, they achieved one of the highest turnouts in the North of England for SU elections with more than a third of students voting, have doubled the number of clubs and societies on campus, and seen a 40% increase in recruitment and training of Course Reps.
LTSU also created a 'Big Plan' for 2017-2020 using student feedback and focus groups, lobbied a national bus provider to make changes to the local service, and introduced a student-elected 'Student Activities Committee' to determine allocation of funding for clubs and societies.
Charles Isherwood, President of Leeds Trinity Students' Union as of 1 July, said: "I am so thankful for us to be getting this award! There has been so much work done by the staff at the Union, this award is for them so well done! Special mentions to Josh Clough, Steph Little and the whole staff and volunteer teams. Without them none of this would have been possible."
The team have also worked closely with Leeds Trinity University to trial a 24-hour library for students during peak assessment times and introduce contactless payments on campus.
Professor Margaret A House, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said: "I am extremely proud of, and for, LTSU on being given this award. The Sabbatical Officers and Union staff have worked tirelessly in recent years to enhance the support and services offered to our students, and for them to receive national recognition for their hard work is just excellent."
LTSU received their award at the annual NUS conference at the NEC in Birmingham on Wednesday 5 July 2017. It follows another recent accolade for the team who were also named Students' Union of the Year at the annual Educate North and UK Leadership Awards in May.
Read LTSU's Annual Report for 2016-17 and find out more about LTSU's plans for 2017-18.