UCASU’s biggest party
is here

The UCA Student’s Union are doubling the celebrations and the fun this year by combining its Union Awards and Summer Ball – and tickets are now on sale!

27 Apr 2023

The event, which takes place on May 6 at UCA Farnham, is an opportunity to celebrate the year and the people who made it brilliant.

There’s free travel from Canterbury, Epsom and Rochester for students who need it, and there’s plenty of fun to be had with live music, games, silent disco, artist performances and DJ sets.

You can choose to go to either the Union Awards, which runs from 5pm to 8.30pm, or the Summer Ball, which runs from 9pm to 2am – or go to both!

Tickets can be purchased here

Once you’ve purchased your ticket, you’ll be able to collect your designated wristband on May 2 to May 4 – from the following: The Workshop at Canterbury and Farnham between 10am and 3.30pm, and from The Workshop at Epsom between 10am and 2.30pm. Rochester students can collect their wristbands on the day when you board your coach. (You must bring your student ID, age ID and proof of purchase. Please note this is a strictly 18+ event).

This year’s Union Awards recognise and honour the best volunteers, activities, projects and events from the past academic year, and after hundreds of nominations were received, UCASU has announced the shortlist:

Clubs & Societies - Celebrating the achievements of our student led groups across the campuses.

Most Improved Club or Society of the Year

  • Canterbury Life-Drawing Society
  • Farnham Anime & Manga Society
  • Farnham Music Society

New Society of the Year

  • Canterbury Karaoke Society
  • Epsom Creative Writing Society
  • Epsom Language Café 

New Club of the Year

  • Canterbury Yoga Club
  • Epsom K-Pop Club

Best Club or Society Event of the Year

  • Farnham Football Club – Alumni Match
  • Farnham K-Pop Club – Hallyu
  • Farnham Music Society – Open Mic Night

Committee of the Year

  • Beth Lewis – Farnham Music Society
  • Mariana Gonçalves da Silva – Epsom Creative Writing Society/Language Cafe
  • Rebeca Acsinia – Epsom/Farnham Cheerleading Club

Instructor of the Year

  • Cass Xuxin – Canterbury Yoga Club
  • Karla Hardy – Farnham Pole Fitness Club
  • Sophie Holden – Epsom/Farnham Cheerleading Club

Society of the Year

  • Canterbury Life-Drawing Society
  • Farnham Life Drawing Society
  • Farnham Music Society

Club of the Year

  • Farnham Football Club
  • Farnham K-Pop Dance Club
  • Farnham Pole Fitness Club

Course Reps – Recognising the impact that student course reps have
on their courses and the positive change they create.

Year 1 Course Rep of the Year

  • Aashay Rane – Farnham Graphic Design
  • Georgina Carpenter – Farnham Games Art

Year 2 Course Rep of the Year

  • Charlie Skinner – Farnham Games Technology
  • Mariana Gonçalves da Silva – Epsom Music Business and Management
  • Shiann Mills – Canterbury Graphic Design

Year 3 Course Rep of the Year

  • Ali Usurelu – Canterbury Graphic Design
  • George Pennyfather – Farnham Games Art
  • Jessica Kingsley – Canterbury Fine Art

Postgraduate Course Rep of the Year

  • Barbara Egirani – Epsom MBA
  • Faryal Sohail – Global Master of Business and Management
  • Wai Yi Chung – Farnham Fine Art MA

Student and Events – celebrating student volunteers (ie. Campus Officers, society members, event helpers), performers and the people who go above and beyond for their fellow students.

UCASU Student Staff Member of the Year

  • Evan White
  • Ioana Miron
  • Killian Hodges-Martell 

Volunteer of the Year

  • Mariana Gonçalves da Silva – Epsom
  • Kongphat Phaiboonnukulki – Canterbury
  • Faryal Sohail – Epsom

Best Student-Led Event of the Year

  • UCA Hullabaloo – Canterbury
  • Anaphora – Farnham
  • ROOD Takeover – Farnham

Best Student Performance at a Glasshouse Event

  • Daniel Tooby – Straight Steven at LGBTQ+ Night
  • Farnham K-Pop Dance Club – Hallyu
  • Farnham Music Society – St. Patrick's Day

Teaching Awards – recognizing the incredible lecturers and support staff
across the campuses and their support and care for their students and disciplines.

Support Staff of the Year

  • Fergus Moloney – Rochester Technical Tutor - TV Production
  • Maud Whatley – Canterbury Learning Support
  • Tobias Cousins – Farnham Computer Games Arts Teaching Assistant

Canterbury Lecturer of the Year

  • John Dargan – Illustration and Animation
  • Moyra Derby – Fine Art
  • Paul Crawley – Graphic Design

Epsom Lecturer of the Year

  • Holly Thompson – Events and Promotions Management
  • Mike McNally – International Music Management

Farnham Lecturer of the Year

  • Hattie Croucher – Animation
  • Mostafa Nagy – Film Production
  • Simon Aeppli – Film Production

Rochester Lecturer of the Year

  • Katarina Sengstaken – Television Production
  • Sally Waterman – Fashion Photography

For more information, visit the UCASU homepage.