Student Voice Awards


The Student Voice Awards celebrate and recognise individuals who have enhanced student experience, education and equality at the University of Leicester. This is a chance for both students and University staff to reflect on a past academic year and the achievements of our student leaders, be they Academic Reps (i.e. Course Reps and Department Reps), Students' Union Reps, Equality and Liberation Champions, Part-time Officers or students who regularly engage in SU events and campaigns.

Though we had originally planned for a drinks reception, speakers, food and entertainment, as well as the awards themselves, the light of recent global events  this year's ceremony was held online on Tuesday 26 May 2020 at 4.00pm on Students' Union Facebook channel. Nominations for the awards have now closed and the shortlist of potential winners has been announced.


Student Voice Awards


Student Voice Awards Winners 2020


Academic Rep Awards  
New Academic Rep Tawny Barden
Most impactful Academic Rep  Angela Schmitz
Most improved Academic Rep  Maria Prescott
College of Science Engineering Academic Rep of the Year   Arina Ovcinnikova
College of Social Science, Art and Humanities Academic Rep of the Year   Emma Westbrook
College of Life Sciences Academic Rep of the Year   Aqua Asif
Course Rep of the Year   Michelle Sutton
Department Rep of the Year  Jess Campbell
Superstar Awards  
Best Graduate Teaching Assistant  Karishma Joshi
Best Personal Tutor Emma Parker
Best Supervisor  Georgio Mistriotis
Best Practice in Inclusive Learning and Teaching Charlotte Langley
Best Implementer of Student Feedback. Richard Holland
Best Support Staff Member Karen Sylvester
Best Lecturer.  Leena Sodha 
Highly commended Mathew Allen and Karim Mualla. 

As we received over 370 staff nominations, you can find the complete list of Superstar nominees here 

Students’ Union awards  
Equality and Liberation Champion of the Year Tom Klaus 
Outstanding Contribution Maeva Kamtcheu
Rising Star Catherine Weaver
Champion for Change Tosin Mayomi
Campaign of the Year Ola Dalek  
Event of the Year Thariq Maulana
Student Activist Ariana Lambert
Most Impactful Officer Project  Nate Searson
 Part Time Officer of the Year Tasha Krywald 
Social Impact Thomas Oliver
Liberation Advocate Connor Burchell
Students’ Union Rep of the Year Bianca Semczuk 
Highly Commended Pelumi Obasaju  


You can find the list with all our Student Nominees here


This year, the Student Voice Awards was split into three sections, two focused on student leaders:  

  • Academic Representation Awards, which celebrate the achievements of your Course Reps and Department Reps and the progress made across the academic year.  
  • Students’ Union Awards, which recognise all of the incredible efforts made by Students’ Union Representatives, Part-Time Officers and Equality and Liberation Champions to deliver campaigns for the wider student interest and advocate for underrepresented groups.  

Our third section was dedicated to the Superstar Awards, where staff receive recognition  for going above and beyond supporting students, addressing queries, or providing excellent service.  

For a full list of all the awards and their criteria click here for our PDF Guide!.

If you have any questions regarding the awards, please feel free to email


Student Voice Award Winners 2018/19

Course Rep of the Year

Angela Schmitz

Most Impactful Course Rep

Peace Ituku

New Course Rep

Maryam Durojaiye

Most Improved Course Rep

Poppy Crow

Course Rep of the Year for Social Sciences, Art and Humanities

Bhavini Amin

Course Rep of the Year for Life Sciences

Sam Forbes-Fairfax

Course Rep of the Year for Science and Engineering

Thomas Newman

Lead Union Rep of the Year

Kieran Roberts

Social Impact Award

Karli Wagener

Equality & Liberation Champion of the Year

Emma Westbrook

Departmental Impact Award

Connor Burchell

Champion for Change

Sana Ali

Part-Time Officer of the Year

Sandra Tetteh

Most Impactful Officer Project

Jay Cavanagh

Campaign of the Year

Benjamin Bennett

Event of the Year

Tony Magaia

Outstanding Contribution

Tom Klaus

Outstanding Dedication

Lilli Helps

Rising Star

Pedram Bani Asadi

Student Activist

Adnan Rahman

Equality Advocate

Doyin Oreagba


Congratulations to all our award winners and nominees - we can't wait to see what you do next.


Please visit our facebook page to view photos from the SVA2019 event.


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