The Riley Awards

Join us on 3 May 2019 for a show-stopping evening where we celebrate the achievements of our fantastic 300+ clubs and societies. Doors open 7pm.

Take a look at all the fantastic groups shortlisted below.

Best New Society

To be eligible for this award, you must have formed as a society after Easter 2018. You can't apply for Best New Society and Most Improved.


  • A brief outline of your key events this year and the successes within them
  • How many members do you have?
  • A highlight of your year as a society (i.e. a challenge you overcame or great success).
  • What have you done to make yourselves sustainable for next year?
  • Do you have any other examples of how you have gone above and beyond for your members?


OnBeat, Leeds Heart Beats, Performing Arts Society, Big Open Party Society, Food4Change


Best New Collaboration

This award is for a collaboration that two or more groups worked equally on (but not one that a group ran that involved other groups) during 2018/19. The collaboration must have occurred or started after Easter 2018; this could include a single event or a newly established partnership.


  • What did you do?
  • Which groups were involved in this collaboration?
  • What was the motivation behind this collaboration? - How and why did this collaboration come about?
  • How did it benefit the groups involved? What was the outcome?
  • What made this collaboration outstanding?


LAMMPS Backstage and Sign Language Society, Action and Leeds University Sailing Club, Vertical Fitness and LiftSoc, Nightline and LSTV, LUU Islamic Society Interfaith homeless relief event 

Best Long-Standing Collaboration

This award is for a collaboration that two or more groups worked equally on (but not one that a group ran that involved other groups) during 2018/19. The collaboration must have been running since before Easter 2018. This could be a single recurring event or a lengthy and developed partnership.


  • Which groups are involved in this collaboration?
  • How has the collaboration between these two (or more) groups improved/achieved more this year?
  • Outline how the collaboration was organised.
  • How did it benefit the groups involved? What was the outcome?
  • What is outstanding about this collaboration?


‘Anime and Manga Society, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Society, and PokeSoc’ for Geek Night, The Gryphon and Leeds Student Radio for Gryph-on Air, LAMMPS and Backstage, Pantomime Society and Backstage, Dance Expose and Backstage

Give It A Go Award

Any club or society that has put on one or more GIAG session within the GIAG programme during 2018/19 can apply for this award. This could either be two strong GIAGs, or one stand-out session.


  • What event(s) have you had in the ‘give it a go’ programme this year?
  • Give a brief outline of the GIAG event(s) you held this year and how you organised the session(s):
  • How many people attended?
  • How did the event attract new members?
  • How many became members as a result?


Sign Language Society, Freestyle Dance Society, KPop Dance, NHSF Leeds Hindu Society, People and Planet


Inclusivity Award

This one is for those societies who've made a particular effort to remove barriers to inclusion. Strands of liberation include; race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or nationality.


  • Briefly outline the activities carried out.
  • How did you promote these opportunities?
  • How was this engaging above and beyond the core membership of your group?
  • What was the success of the activity?


LUU Sign Language Society, Leeds Kickboxing & Krav Maga Club, Performing Arts Society, OnBeat, Sexpression Leeds


Most Improved

This award is for an existing group that has made significant progression during 2018/19. You can't apply for Best New Society and Most Improved.


  • Drawing on comparisons from the previous year’s activity, please outline the areas in which you have improved your society.
  • How did you go about improving this?
  • How will this improvement be sustained in future years?


Feminist Society, EnviroSoc, Lippy Magazine, The Gryphon, Bereaved Student Network, Sexpression Leeds, Leeds Youth Stop AIDS


Best Publicity

This award is for the group who has best-promoted itself in 2018/19, and used appropriate resources to engage members and non-members in its activity.


  • Briefly outline the strategy you undertook this year to publicise your society and its events effectively.
  • How have you been creative/unique in your approach to publicity?
  • How have you utilised the online resources provided by LUU and social media to keep members engaged?
  • Remember supporting evidence in the form of photos/video is compulsory for this award.


Action Society, Leeds Nightline, Leeds Student Television, Music Theatre

Best Campaign*

This award is for groups that have taken action to raise awareness on or create change for a specific topic during 2018/19. This includes larger, longer campaigns, and does not need to be tied to a specific society.


  • Provide a brief outline of your campaign? What was your aim?
  • How did you publicise your campaign?
  • How successful were you?

*Remember, supporting evidence in the form of photos/video is compulsory for this award.


LUU Sign Language Society, Women In Leadership, A Capella Society, Leeds Uni Boob Team


Best Show*

To be eligible for this award, the show must have taken place since Easter 2018. You cannot apply for Best Show and Best Event.


Briefly outline the show and:

  • How did you publicise it?
  • What venue did you use, and how many people attended?
  • How many people were involved in this show?
  • What made your show stand out?

*Remember, supporting evidence in the form of photos/video is compulsory for this award. Examples of evidence you may want to include could be reviews from the Gryphon and/or The Scribe, trailer, advertising etc.


Music Theatre in association with Backstage - Into the Woods, Vertical Fitness - Circus Showcase, Open Theatre - Shutup Helen, Leeds RAG - Fashion Show, Theatre Group - Blue Stockings, Stage Musical Society in association with Backstage - In the Heights


Best Event

For this award, the event must have taken place since Easter 2018. You cannot apply for Best Event and Best Show.


  • Briefly outline the event
  • How did you publicise it?
  • Where was your event held, and how many people attended?
  • What made your event stand out?
  • Please attach any material and/or reviews that support your case (no more than 5 items).


Kickboxing and Krav Maga, LUU Indian Students Association, Jewish Society - Holocaust Memorial Day, Modern Dance Society, Shocksoc


Best Charity Fundraiser

The society who have gone above and beyond in raising money for charity.

  • What was your target and what amount did you raise?
  • How did you raise this money?
  • What innovative methods of fundraising have you used?
  • What was the charity and why did you choose to raise funds for them? 


Bengali Society, Amnesty International, Leeds RAG Fashion Show, Islamic Society, Action Society, Women’s Hockey

Special Recognition for Committees*

A committee that has gone above and beyond to support its members. This includes development, wellbeing and member representation.


  • What support has your committee provided their members?
  • What new initiatives have they introduced this year?
  • What impact have these initiatives had on you as a member

*Nominations for this award are accepted from members of the society, not committee members.


Outstanding Contribution to LUU

This award recognises individuals who have contributed exceptional efforts to societies and the union, in order to improve the wider student experience at LUU.

  • Briefly outline the individual’s role(s)
  • Describe their achievements during their time at LUU
  • What impact have these achievements made?

Best Society

One group will be nominated from each category, e.g. Sport, Faith, Volunteering etc. The overall winner of Best Society will be chosen from the winners of each category.


  • Outline your achievements this year as a society, clearly stating why your society has been the most successful within your group and why your society deserves to win the overall best society.

Category Awards

Best Academic Society

Shortlist: FoBSoc, ChemSoc, LawSoc, Mechanical Engineering Society, LUBS

Best Culture Society

Shortlist: African & Caribbean Society, Indian Students Association, Iranian Society, Bengali Society

Best Dance Society

Modern Dance, Irish Dance, Vertical Fitness,  LUU Ballet Society, Freestyle Dance Society

Best Faith Society

Shortlist: Sikh Society, CathSoc, NHSF Leeds Hindu Society, Isoc, JSoc

Best General Interest Society

Shortlist: Sign Language Society, Women in Leadership, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Society, Anime and Manga Society

Best Martial Arts Society

Shortlist: Kickboxing and Krav Maga, LUU Jiu Jitsu Society, LUU Taekwondo

Best Media Society

Shortlist: Leeds Student Television, Leeds Student Radio, The Gryphon, Lippy, OnBeat

Best Music & Performance Society

Shortlist: LUU Spoken Word Society, OperaSoc, Backstage, LAMMPS

Best Outdoor Society

Shortlist: Hiking, Mountaineering and climbing, Paintballing

Best Political and Campaigning Society

Shortlist: Feminist Society, PSG, Amnesty International, Youth Stop Aids UK, People and Planet

Best Sport Society

Shortlist: Women’s Rugby Union, Men’s Lacrosse, Women’s Lacrosse, Women’s Association Football, Women’s Hockey

Best Volunteering Society

Shortlist: Sexpression, LUUMIC, Leeds Uni Boob Team, Bedside Buddies, Conservation Volunteers

Best Welfare Society

Shortlist: Nightline, Mind Matters, Bereaved Student Network