Impact Awards

The Impact Awards celebrate inspiring work at the University of Edinburgh in Student Representation, Global experiences, and Peer Learning and Support. The Impact Awards are a chance to celebrate exceptional students who make a positive impact on the University and on their fellow students through running projects or events, or undertaking specific roles.


This year we have 11 categories, see below for information on each category.


Nominations for the Impact Awards have now closed - thank you to all those who nominated deserving students and projects! We had over 400 nominations, so congratulations to everybody who was nominated.


See our shortlisted students and projects below. The winners will be announced at our ceremony on the 6th April.


Recognising a staff-student team or pair that have worked closely and effectively to further change within their School, student group, community or project. Think student experience dream team!



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Dorcas Amoh-Mensah, Kushmandi Sreekissoon, Munini Musembi, Delilah Owiti (Mastercard Scholars) and Paul McLaughlin (University Catering)

Dr Isla Myers-Smith and the Coding Club Team

PIR Student News




This award is for an individual who has shown exceptional leadership skills within the university community, contributing to a positive experience of those around them. Perhaps your nominee created a new group, supported academic developments locally, led another student through difficulties or ensured fellow community members have their voices heard and needs addressed? 



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Baber Rasheed

Rob Yates and Jessica Xie





Recognising an all-round amazing Class Rep, who has made a significant impact to the course or programme they represent and to its current and/or future students.



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Erk Gunce, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Hanna Marie Thiele, School of Law




Recognising a student who has been exceptional in their role as an elected rep. The recipient of this award may have affected genuine change for the students they represent, started a new campaign or project, or gone above and beyond in their role.



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Carlos da Costa Filho, GeoSciences Postgraduate Vice Convenor

Liberation Group Convenors 2016/17 (Esme Allman, Chris Belous, Leah Morgan, Kai O’Doherty, Corné Rijneveld)




Recognising a student representative who has achieved positive change for students through a project, event or campaign. Deserving students may have:

  • prompted a change of attitude among the student body
  • achieved policy change within the Students’ Association or the University
  • had a significant practical impact on students’ everyday lives.



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LiberatED (Esme Allman, Diva Mukherji, Lindsey Nkem, Toby Sharpe, Rianna Walcott)

The Grey People





Recognising an exceptional Buddies or Tandem volunteer! They may have made a particularly positive impression on their fellow students, helped develop the project, or gone above and beyond in their volunteering role.



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Buddies Committee 2016/17 (Laura Clements, Anya Jarmson, Alexandra Nemetschke, Hannah Shearer, Ewin Teo, Rose Woolhouse)

Pepe Cabezas, Tandem Volunteers Coordinator 2016/17




Recognising a student who has made a significant contribution to developing the global community at the University of Edinburgh on campus, in halls or connecting the university with the surrounding community.


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Anthony Salamone

International Student Centre (Stephanie Bouwhuis, Thomas Dalhuisen, Bryn Evans, Lindsey Nkem, Alba Priewe, Ishana Sanan, Liga Skarda, Rebecca Spross)




Recognising a student who is engaged with the wider world and has a sense of their own role as a global citizen. They might have connected people from other cultures, contributed to their host culture during time overseas or made a positive impact on the global community in another way.


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James Konrad Puchowski

"Working with Refugees in Bad Kreuznach" Team (Nick Heaney, Rachel Lonie, Helen Mcdiarmid, Anna Phelps, Julia Pisarek, Ellen Smith)





Rewarding a Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PAL) that has delivered outstanding academic support, guidance and reassurance this year, is recognised as best practice within Peer Assisted Learning throughout the University and has contributed to building a sense of academic community.



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Recognising a Peer Support Group that has delivered an exemplary social, pastoral or learning support this year. The winning group will have clearly contributed to the forming of an inclusive and supportive student community by offering safe, welcoming and encouraging opportunities to connect with peers.



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Biomedical Sciences Academic Families

Chinese Studies Peer Support Group




This award celebrates the best new Peer Learning and Support Scheme started in academic year 2016/17.  We are looking for a new Scheme that has made an impressive impact this year, by doing something innovative or simply by responding to students’ needs for fresh ways to build community within the subject area.



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PPALS (Social Policy PALS)

SocPALS (Sociology PALS)