Nominations have now closed. Voting will open on Friday 15th November.

After the success of last year, Bright Network Society of the Year Awards returns and this year there are eight awards you can nominate your society for. This day is aimed to celebrate all the hard work and dedication you put into running your society and supporting your fellow students careers.

These eight society awards will be presented at our annual awards lunch in Central London on Wednesday 4th December 2019. Scroll down for more information on each award. Click here find out how to apply for our brand new President of the Year Award.

How does my society enter?

To enter one of the society awards, here are the steps your society needs to follow.

The application:

We're looking for you to submit a short video (max. 2 minutes and in MP4 format), covering which award your society is applying for, what your society has achieved this year and why the award/the funding you receive will support your society moving forward. It doesn’t need to be of Hollywood movie quality but do your best to show us how great you are. 

Make sure to showcase how your society has had a wider impact on the student community through tangible results, for example, an uplift in membership, diversity and charity work or your members securing top graduate schemes. Why not make sure to get your whole committee involved in the video - the firms are keen to see your teamwork and what makes your society unique

Shortlisting and voting:

Nominations close on Sunday 10th November at 11.59pm and three finalists will be chosen for the next round (members' vote) by 14th November. If you win the award you'll be invited to the Awards lunch on Wednesday 4th December (please save the date). Note: you can nominate your society for no more than two awards. If you do submit two nominations, the application and the video has to be different for each one.

Left: York Finance Conference after picking up an award; Right: Trainee and ex-Bristol Law Club President, Sam, shares his top tips.

Which awards can my society enter?

There are eight awards up for grabs, which will be presented at our annual awards lunch in central London on Wednesday 4th December 2019. The awards are proudly sponsored by LBS, Police Now, Marsh and McLennan Group, P&G and EY. Here are the categories:

The Innovation Award - for the society that is using new technology and modern thinking on campus. They are supporting the university, students and possibly the wider community with their knowledge, expertise and/or their use of technology. No matter the purpose, we're looking for a society that is doing something a little different and successfully utilising modern technology.

The Impact on Campus Award - for the society that has gone above and beyond to support their members and the wider university to achieve success, in terms of careers, development of new skills and personal growth. This society has demonstrated it can reach large groups of students and have a positive impact at their university.

Diversity and Inclusion Award - The Diversity and Inclusion Award for the society that has promoted inclusion at their university and has supported their members to discover future career opportunities. We're looking for a society that has helped their members get ahead with initiatives, events or by introducing them to mentors/influential figures.

Women’s Society Award – For the female-focused society that is supporting female empowerment in the career space and upskilling their members. This society will be offering opportunity for women to prosper and build their network.

The Community Outreach Award - for the society that has given the most back to the university and wider community, whether through charity work, volunteering and offering support. They have a charitable outlook and have been able to achieve excellent results in their endeavours.

Environment Award – for a society that has done most to raise awareness for environmental issues and has enacted positive change at their university. The society has effectively communicated key environmental challenges and taken steps to improve sustainability, within the student population.

Sports and wellbeing award– for the society or sports club who has sort to raise awareness for wellbeing and/or encouraged greater participation in physical activity. The society can demonstrate how they’ve had an impact on the health of the university population and hit their targets.

Entrepreneurial Award - for a society that has been expanding their reach, using new thinking and fresh ideas. They can demonstrate they have been creative when up against a problem or situation, and achieved their goals by doing things in a unique way. 

More sponsors are yet to be announced in the coming weeks for the remaining awards - so make sure you keep an eye out on this page for the latest updates.

President of the Year Award

Together with London Business School, this year alongside the above we are giving special recognition to the fantastic presidents putting their all into boosting their society's success. This award is for the president that has been a true asset to their society's success - pioneering new initiatives and ideas to help drive their society forward, demonstrating exceptional leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Click here to find out more and apply!