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Students' Union secures national awards


Wrexham Glyndŵr Students’ Union has continued an award-winning streak with a national award from the NUS for a campaign which tackled period poverty.

At the NUS Awards 2018 held on Wednesday, July 4, the WGSU team picked up the Participation award for its period poverty campaign – which brought staff and students together to help provide sanitary products for those in need.

WGSU CEO Sarah Ellis said: “I am delighted that our period poverty campaign has been recognised nationally and it’s great to see a campaign which drew so many people together recognised by the NUS.

“This award from the National Union of Students follows on from our award earlier in the year from the Welsh NUS, where we were recognised as the best Higher Education Student Union in Wales.

“Awards like these help demonstrate that they work we are doing to provide a fresh student-centred Union is paying off – it’s all about teamwork for us and we always come together to work on projects like this. I’m so pleased for all the team at WGSU – it’s a very well deserved award.”

The run of awards for the Union demonstrates its progress since September 2015, when it was a Guild and a department of the University.

Since then, the Guild became an independent students’ union, registered as a charity and become a company in its own right. It now employs seven members of staff and two sabbatical officers.

As well as receiving the Participation award, the success of the Students’ Union in improving sustainability on campus was also marked this week.

The WGSU team’s success in the Green Impact scheme – where the Union moved from a ‘good’ rating right up to an ‘excellent’ one – received a Highest Scoring Nation award; the highest score from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

Students’ Union President Angus Hamill-Stewart added: “Improving our work on sustainability and green issues has been very important and we are making great strides.

“It’s brilliant that that work, and our participation work, has been recognised nationally – and we will keep on striving to make sure the student experience here at Glyndŵr gets even better!”