Activities Awards: The Results

April 3, 2019

Photography: Kent Union


It was a night of celebration and triumph for this year's activity volunteers at the University of Kent.


The Activities Awards take place once a year to recognize and reward students (both individually and in groups) for their hard work throughout the academic year. This year, the ceremony took place in the Darwin Conference Suite on 29th of March.


Eighteen awards were presented on the night, decided by a panel of activities staff within Kent Union.


Sasha Langeveldt, this year's Activities Vice President opened the awards ceremony with a speech reflecting on her experience as a sabbatical officer.


"I am extremely proud of what every group has accomplished this year. Not only have we broken down many barriers but we have come together as a community and that's what makes Student Activities amazing."



She also noted that although this is officially the last year for an Activities VP, she is excited about the future of this sphere in the hands of next year's Student Engagement Vice President, Emily Window.




Host for the night, Kieran Kershaw and Ogo Anokwuru, then took the mic with both being well experienced in student media, being reoccurring presenters for Kent Television (KTV).  In spite of a couple minor behind-the-scenes mishaps, the duo did a fantastic job at entertaining the crowd. 



The reception commenced with a live singing performance, which set the mood for the evening with various games being played throughout, allowing participants to win complementary rounds of drinks, with Kent Dance winning in a game of heads and tails.


The three course meal was served by Kent Hospitality and consisted of a soup entrée, option between a cheeseburger or a vegetarian main and the dessert was a spectacular doughnut wall and a lavish chocolate fountain. Additionally, bouquets of sweets were given to each table from Kent Union to say a big thank you to the volunteers.



The awards were given out throughout the night, individuals and groups coming up to the centre of the floor to make speeches, receive their prizes from Sasha and of course to grab a professional photo with their awards.


The top 3 shortlisted and the winners were as follows:



Best New Group




Kent Marketing Society

Winner: Kent Marketing Society



Community Action Group


Beetbox Food Co-op


Kent Uni Boob Team

Winner: Beetbox Food Co-op



Society of the Year


Islamic Society

Kent Dance



Winner: Kent Dance



Lasting Impact


Daria Istayeva - InQuire

Jessica Mayne - Kent African Caribbean Society

Silvana Marianou - RAG

Winner: Daria Istayeva 



Committee of the Year


Kent Dance

Kent Uni Boob Team

Musical Theatre

Winner: Musical Theatre



Student Life


Lily Dedman

Megan Warwick

Winner: Megan Warwick



Best Event


East African Society

Palestani and Solidarity Society and Jewish Society

UKC Hogwarts

Winner: East African Society



Best Collaboration


Islamic Society

Big Live Link - KTV and others

West African

Winner: Islamic Society



Excellence in Media



CSR - Welcome Weekend Coverage

InQuire - Varsity Coverage 

Winner: InQuire - Varsity Coverage 



Forum Politics


Young Europeans and FFS

Winner: Young Europeans and FFS



Forum Performance


Kent Sing

K-Pop Dance

Live Music

Winner: Kent Sing



Forum Cultural


Caribbean Union


Malaysian Society

Winner: Malaysian



Forum Faith and Belief


Christian Union



Winner: Christian Union



Forum Physical



Kent Pole Fitness

Winner: Airsoft



Forum Special Interest


Kent Marketing



Winner: Photography



Forum Academic



Kent Classics and Archeology


Winner: Kent Classics and Archaeology



Spirit of Fundraising


Cameron Jones

Islamic Society

Maisie Matthews

Winner: Cameron Jones



Most Improved


Kent Sing

Kent Uni Boob Team


Winner: Kent Sing





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