The annual NUS Awards celebrate the work of hundreds of Students’ Unions nationwide - recognising local campaigns, diversity, impact on university life, and the contributions made to both universities and local communities.
Ed Marsh, CEO at Middlesex Students’ Union said: “MDXSU are delighted to have been recognised by our National Union of Students. Over the past five years, MDXSU has been on a journey which started with a poor reputation amongst our students, our university and our local community. This award is symbolic of the significant transformation which has occurred. To be recognised as the most innovative, inspiring and inclusive students’ union in the UK should make everybody involved in MDXSU and Middlesex University proud. Whether it is campaigning to resettle refugees, working to improve mental health in our local schools or working alongside local faith leaders to tackle Islamaphobic and Anti-Semitic hate crime, the work of students’ unions like ours really does matter.”
Professor Andrea Dlaska, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Innovation at Middlesex University said: “We are delighted, but not surprised, that our Students’ Union has won this accolade. Middlesex University puts students at the heart of everything we do and we work in close partnership with the Students’ Union to engage our students in further enhancing their learning experience and the support we provide. It is so important that students feel empowered to tell us how we can improve their experience, as well as build their own essential life skills while making an impact on their local community. We are very proud of the wonderful recognition our Students’ Union has received with this important award.”
Programmes initiated by MDXSU include a community kitchen for local people, a partnership with North London Citizens providing Middlesex students with paid work placements alongside local community groups, and an all-encompassing campaign to make sure students can co-shape their experience while studying at Middlesex.
The NUS awards are judged by an independent panel of influential people from across the education sector and beyond. The panel noted how MDXSU demonstrated continual improvement, particularly with student-led activity and representation. MDXSU activity and achievements were said to have ‘matched their ambition to become the most innovative, inspiring and inclusive’ students’ union in the UK.