Bright Futures Annual Awards Ceremony 2019: The Lowdown

Bright Futures Annual Awards Ceremony 2019: The Lowdown

Tuesday, 30th of April

Our Bright Futures network is the largest of the UK’s employability-focused societies, and every year we celebrate its achievements and continuing impact at our Awards Ceremony. It's been a pretty hot year. Hosted in London earlier this month, we invited the student leader of our Societies, as well as our employer and Careers Services networks to join us for a champagne lunch in recognition of their contribution and influence on young people across the country over the course of the academic year.

This year, 13 of our 20 Bright Futures Societies were represented, and we were also joined by 10 companies and 8 University Careers Services.

Some highlights from our Bright Futures network this academic year include:

11,500+ undergraduate members across 20 UK universities
48% of our network represented by females
44% of our students representing the BAME undergraduate network
28% of our members holding a STEM-related degree background, with a 6% increase this
A total of 70 face-to-face campus events were held this academic year
A total of 46,000+ young people were reached across Bright Futures’ email campaigns and blog articles

Some key highlights from our Awards Ceremony:

Our Awards Ceremony gives the nominated Societies for both the Society of the Year and Event of the Year Awards the opportunity to showcase their activity over the year. These presentations offered attendees insight into our student leaders’ impressive focus on delivering huge impact to their respective campuses, as well as maintaining high regard for reaching the most diverse talent pool across their events and digital outreach.

For our Event of the Year Award, we saw Strathclyde Bright Futures present their annual ‘STEM Multi-Company Networking Event’ in the Autumn Term, which generated 131 attendees, 40% of which were female attendees and 96% from STEM background. De Montfort Bright Futures presented their ‘Women in Power’ Networking and Panel Event, engaging 49 female students and focusing on gender equality and empowerment. Heriot-Watt Bright Futures also presented their KPMG ‘Application Bootcamp’ Workshop that led to 70 students attending, 27% of which were from a BME background.

Our Society of the Year Award saw presentations from Aston Bright Futures who highlighted their success in collaborating with other networks on campus over the course of the year. Our second nominee, Leeds Bright Futures presented their year in motion and showcased an increase of society members by 115% from 2017/18 academic year.
Thirdly, we heard from Leicester Bright Futures who demonstrated their ability in reaching a diverse range of students, with 67% of their members identifying as BAME. Following the award presentations, the afternoon followed with lunch and speed networking, as well as the giving of the rest of the awards.

We are delighted to announce our 2019 Award Winners:

Society of the Year: Aston Bright Futures
Event of the Year: Strathclyde Bright Futures
President of the Year: Roberto Farrington, Leeds Bright Futures
Marketing Manager of the Year: Chloe Martin, De Montfort Bright Futures
Committee of the Year: Leicester Bright Futures
Most Inclusive & Diverse Society of the Year: Southampton Bright Futures
Best Impact with Campus Networks: Aston Bright Futures
Campus Ambassador of the Year: Laura Harper, Medivet
Early Talent Digital Engagement Award: MVF Global
Early Talent Campus Engagement Award: KPMG
Most Collaborative Careers Services Award: De Montfort University

A huge congratulations to our winning Societies and our nominations for 2018/19 - you have made it another outstanding year, and delivered some of the best impact to young people we have seen yet. 

Are you interested in leading a Bright Futures Society over the next academic year? We are recruiting! If you have an existing Society at your university, or want to set up a new one, then we'd love to hear from you! Get in touch with our Societies Manager, Khadijah, and let's chat. 

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