Freshers of The Year
Gwyn has attended almost every event this year, is a friendly face who has fitted in with all groups of people with ease and who has joined many student groups. He is a keen Rugby player and despite having an injury at the beginning of the year which meant he couldn't actually play, he still attended training and matches to learn and support the rest of the team.
Varvara has gone above and beyond in throwing themself into her first year here at Barts and The London. She has been very active in a number of societies, including as a core dancer withint BL Dance, has featured in 3 Drama Plays and is a member of Cypriot and Hellenic Society. Varvara will also be sitting on the BLSA Board next year as International Rep.
Most Missed Finalists
Dr Hannah Fox
Hannah Fox has been at Barts and The London for 6 years and has been involved in a number of different societies. She always goes the extra mile and has contributed massively to one society in particularly. Hannah has been an integral part of BL Dance, playing a huge role in choreographing dances, teaching classes and even teaching Dr Robson & Mr Brecknell their cameo dance at Strictly, as well as being heavily involved in the Drama Society Musicals in recent years. Hannah is a familiar face to many here at Barts and The London and one who will be missed.
Dr Aleksander Rula
Aleks Rula is someone who lives and breathes Barts and The London. He has wholly immersed themselves in BL life during his time here. His welcoming presence has always been a constant over the 7 years that he has been here. Aleks has played a huge role in many areas including the Water Polo Club and within BLSA as Sports Officer and VP London. Barts and The London will just not be the same without him.
RAG Sports Award
The RAG Sports Award is awarded each year to the club who has raised the most money.
BL Boat Club
This year’s BL RAG Cup goes to BLBC, who have managed to put on not one but two fantastic fundraising events in central London. Through this they have raised and impressive £3989.88 for two amazing charities London’s Air Ambulance and Action on Addiction. It is a testament to the hard work of the committee and the dedication and team spirit of the club that they managed this!
RAG Societies Shield Award
BL Islamic Society
BL ISoc have won the RAG Shield this year due to their consistent effort into charitable activities, often going unnoticed in the work they do. Every year they raise a huge amount of money and this year is no different raising £4,430.20 for charity, this only comes with some incredibly hard work by a large group of people.
Special commendation to Dance and DermSoc, who managed to raise over £1000 each for RAG this year.
Volunteer of the Year
Debra has gone above and beyond this year in the volunteering she has done. She is forward-thinking and organised and always works cohesively with those around her. Debra has shown particular commitment in setting up a new volunteering group this year and her passion and dedication to running Barts Community Smiles Is absolutely astounding.
Society Person of the Year
Hester has shown incredible leadership this year as President of Drama Society. She constantly works tirelessly behind the scenes and is always willing to listen to any problem, no matter how small. She has worked hard to ensure that her society is a safe space where all are welcome. Hester shows great leadership in running her committee and always brings everyone along with her in her ideas. The Drama Society has reached new heights under her leadership.
Sportsperson of the Year
Matt has a huge amount of drive and dedication as a sportsperson. His enthusiasm is ever present and always pushes his team forward. As a captain for his team, he has guided their team to league topping positions and 2 finals. Matt’s passion for his sport is always present through matches and every training session. His hard work in improving the BL sporting community has also been present off the pitch as a member of the Club Sport Committee.
Lecturer of the Year
Dr Megan Clinch
Dr Megan Clinch is an excellent teacher and excels in explaining difficult topics. She is one of the most approachable staff members we have at Barts and The London. Despite her incredibly busy schedule, she always make themselves available to students and provides them with the contact time they need. Dr Clinch is a fantastic role model in their work for social justice and equality, and her community health work in Tower Hamlets is inspirational to all students who they teach.
Clinician of the Year
Dr Sinclair Butcher
Dr Sinclair Butcher is a much-loved clinician with a real dedication to teaching. He is approachable, engaging and a hugely popular member of staff across the Dental School. He takes hours out of their time to create detailed seminars which they deliver to the final year dental students, often in their own time. Dr Butcher is the go-to about finals patients, case presentation, interviews and much much more!
Faculty Staff of the Year
This is a new award this year which aims to recognise and celebrate the staff who work tireless behind the scenes, supporting students and helping to administer courses.
Tom Schindler is someone who always goes above and beyond for students. He can answer most questions or if not, he will always know who can and will respond to emails very quickly! He works tirelessly to support the Final Year Medics and ensures they receive all of the information they need efficiently and in a timely manner.
Most Improved Volunteering Group
Streetdoctors has had a massive presence at Barts and The London this year. This group contains many enthusiastic volunteers who have a great passion for the work they do. As a newly affiliated Volunteering Group, they have established themselves well within BLSA. Streetdoctors is made up of some fantastic volunteers who go out into our community and teach life saving first aid skills to young people who may be affected by violence and knife crime.
Most Improved Society
Students for Global Health
Students for Global Health has had a real presence within BLSA through the events and intitiatives they have run. Their committee this year have worked incredibly hard and cohesively to ensure their society is inclusive and open to all. Their engagement through social media has been impressive also. This society have doubled their membership and hosted several events, including their monthly event “Griff Goes Global”. They have engaged in many areas on BLSA, including running a photography and art exhibition in March for our BLSA Women’s Week.
Most Improved Sports Club
BL Tennis Club
BL Tennis has grown this year, particularly with more freshers joining the club. They have worked to increase their social media presence to ensure their achievements are seen across BL. Tennis have had particular focus on growing their social and intermediate offering to ensure they are welcoming of all abilities. They have also seen great successes this year, including winning the UH Women’s League and the UH Mixed League. This club has also engaged in volunteering this year and started a volunteering campaign to help young children learn to play tennis. Tennis has worked hard to develop in all areas and even won the first Final Whistle Challenge at the start of the year.
Academic Event of the Year
The Orthopaedic Symposium
This winning event was the very first of its kind and had a fantastic attendance. A pan-London collaboration, this event saw attendance from over 150 delegates. With renowned speakers, workshops, careers advice and opportunities for poster presentations, this event was enjoyed by all who attended.
Non-Academic Event of the Year
70 Years of Women at BL
This sell-out event was a huge success and enjoyed by all who attended. Also the first of its kind, this event was incredibly well-organised and had attendance from many students as well as staff and alumni. This event consisted of some truly inspirational speeches and some incredible performances from some of our student groups. A truly special event which bought the BL community together.
Volunteering Group of the Year
Barts Community Smiles
This Volunteering Group has made a positive contribution to the community and has provided fantastic volunteering opportunities to many students. They have had over 50 regular volunteers and have proactively made a presence through social media. A new volunteering group this year, this group has done incredibly well in establishing themselves into the volunteering community at BL. In the past 8 months, they have interacted with over 2000 members of the public in their various events, increasing awareness of oral diseases and giving basic oral hygiene advice. A forward thinking group, they have collaborated with our volunteering groups, had a presence on dental outreach clinics and partnered with Tower Hamlets Council.
Society of the Year
BL Drama Society
The winning society have seen a large growth in their membership this year and have continued to be a strong presence within the BL Community. They have shown a great drive to get involved in the wider BLSA community and have raised money for RAG through their events. This society has worked to adapt what they do this year, with different types of events which engage a range of students. Their hard work to improve and maintain the conditions in Laird Hall and to support other societies using it is impressive. They have continued to expand their offering, even taking to the stage with Shakespeare this year. A society that looks out for the wellbeing fo their members, they were the first student group to hold a consent workshop this year.
Sports Team of the Year
Women’s Hockey 1st Elevens
The winning team have had a fantastic year. Their incredible team spirit and passion for their sport unites them as a team and allows them to excel both on and off the pitch. This team has been undefeated in BUCS this year. They reached the final in the UH cup. And with their recent promotion in BUCS 1A they are now the highest performing women’s across the whole university.
Sports Club of the Year
BL Netball Club
This club has had a fantastic year. They have continued to have huge successes within their own club and also as part of the wider BL Community. They have increased their membership this year and now have over 100 members. They have more teams playing than ever before. They have raised over two thousand pounds for RAG. They have worked to teach their sport in local schools in East London. And they helped set up and went on to win the first ever United Hospitals Cup for their sport. They embody the spirit of BLSA in all areas, supporting their members and giving back to their community.
Medical Education Support Society (MESS)
This award recognises clubs and societies that have gone above and beyond in supporting and improving the Barts and The London community. This year’s winners have undoubtedly gone above and beyond in the work they have done to support the BL Community. As I ever year, this group has continued to support an enormous number of students within BL and are often taken for granted in the work they do. This group went above and beyond this year and worked to set the example for all student groups and our community in being proactive and establishing themselves up as a society in Malta. They took it upon themselves to create an ambitious plan to secure funding, travel to Malta and establish GozoMESS Society.
This award recognises groups that have proactively seeked to positively impact the Barts and The London Community in a lasting way and this group has certainly done that.