The Campus Life Awards highlight the achievements of clubs and societies as well as individual students, volunteers, and club members, providing formal recognition among students’ peers and academic leadership. The Campus Life Awards recognize the achievements and contributions of our Social, Cultural, and Academic Clubs and Societies, and Campus Life Ambassadors.


Best Physical Product

UC Refugee Action Club

The UC Refugee Action Club created branded phone card holders that double as mini kickstands, stabilising the phone for multimedia viewing and app usage. The product has increased member signups and serves as a great conversation starter. Congratulations UC Refugee Action Club!

Upstart Award

UC Economic Society

The UC Economic Society only formed in January of 2018 but has already held three major events; a Private Sector Networking event, a Public Sector Q&A session, and ‘Economics in the Pub’. They have engaged with employers such as PwC, KPMG, Deloitte, Dixon Advisory, Allen Consulting, and The Well, for their members to connect and network with. Congratulations to the UC Economic Society on the 2018 Club Upstart Award.

On Campus Event of the Year

UC Nursing Society

International Nursing Day Q&A Morning Information Session.

The UC Nursing Society hosted a Q&A morning information session on the national day for their chosen profession. They collaborated very closely with the faculty and also tapped into the illustrious UC Alumni pool. This event provided an opportunity for members to network and gain essential real-world knowledge from experienced professionals, and ask challenging questions that may not have otherwise been asked in the classroom. The new networking links they have since developed with external stakeholders after the event has already paid off as many new and exciting opportunities have presented themselves to the club members. Congratulations to the UC Nursing Society!

Off Campus Event of the Year

UC Press Club

 Melbourne Industry Trip 

This year’s winner, for the second year running, was the UC Press Club with their industry trip. The industry trip to Melbourne provided UC Press Club members with an opportunity to be introduced to the ways in which the media business works and network with professional contacts.

By visiting Channel 9 Melbourne studios, ABC, SBS, Vice, and the Herald Sun, the industry trip was beneficial to the student members as it gave them a real-life experience and sense of what newsrooms are ‘really’ like. Congratulations to the UC Press Club.

UC Community Engagement Award

The Rotaract Club of the University of Canberra

The Rotaract Club of the University of Canberra has gone above and beyond in engaging the wider UC student community in their events, participation opportunities, and fundraisers; making their club an integral and vital part of student life.  Whether it be hosting regular member recruitment events, market days, off-campus excursions, to inclusive volunteering events, this club has provided the UC community with plenty of opportunities to be involved in a plethora of different events. Congratulations to Rotaract UC.

Academic Club of the Year Winner


PIRaNaS provided a mixture of everything; professional development, academic development, social events, and collaborative events with other clubs. They have built even stronger links with the government, external industry professionals, and private institutions.

Their academic sessions for first-year students ranging from essay writing to exam help have provided a platform for their new members to flourish, and have also worked with several stakeholders to attend events such as the Institute for Regional Security’s Career Night, the Future Strategic Leaders Congress, and the Royal United Services Institute Members Dinner.

All of these presented members with the opportunity to connect and engage with high-level government and private sector officials, such as the Chief of the Air Force, Secretary of Defence, and Director of Intelligence for Australia.

The club has a strong presence on campus and has successfully run 32 events in 2018. Congratulations PIRaNaS!

Cultural Club of the Year Winner

UC Japan Club


This year’s winner of the Cultural Club of the Year has shown unquestionable commitment to holding a plethora of regular and novelty events for their club and activities that involve their sister club at ANU and programs that engage the wider UC student body. Thus, they have worked in collaboration with other clubs from both UC and from external sources with the goal to promote their culture amongst students. They have continued to succeed with student engagement by hosting numerous successful events. Congratulations UC Japan Club!

Social Club of the Year Winner

Rotaract Club of the University of Canberra

 This year’s Social Club of the year attained countless notable achievements. The commitment of Rotaract UC is to hold true to their purpose and promote their message to not only the UC community but also to wider Canberra and beyond. They have raised a significant amount of money for numerous causes through holding successful events, and constantly welcoming and promoting for new members to join their club. Congratulations to the winner of the Social Club of the Year, for the second year running, the Rotaract Club of the University of Canberra.

Unsung Hero Award

Callum Johnston; PIRaNaS

Callum has previously held all four positions on the club's committee in his club and took on the challenge with passion and dedication. He has demonstrated excellent leadership by organising, and then running, study workshops for standout difficult units in his area of study. Callum has also organised and hosted events that included attendance from the Canadian High Commissioner and the former CIA Chief Officer at the US Embassy in Canberra.

He has been credited with almost single handily ensuring the club has gone on to flourish this year, by mentoring new committee members and showing the way when required. Congratulations Callum Johnston from PIRaNaS.

President of the Year 

Jeremy Escher; UC Accounting Association 

The President of the Year award is to recognise an individual that shows commitment and undivided pride in their club, and goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that their club fosters a community of engagement and functionality.

Jeremy Escher has demonstrated all of these qualities and more, dedicating countless hours to the betterment of his club.  Congratulations Jeremy Escher for your contributions to, and appreciation from, the UC Accounting Society.

Lion Club Person of the Year Award

Andrew Giumelli; Rotaract Club of the University of Canberra

The winner of the 2018 Lion Club Person of the Year was awarded to Andrew Giumelli from the Rotaract Club of the University of Canberra. Andrew has made an outstanding contribution to his club, the university, and the broader community over the course of the year.

Andrew became president of their club earlier in the year and made an instant impact by doubling the number of events they held. He has empowered and inspired other club members to take on new tasks and challenges – as well as offering their own time generously towards other initiatives such as RU OK Day, Relay for Life, and City2Surf .

Undoubtedly, one of his biggest achievements this year was initiating the UC Sleepout – which involved connecting with stakeholders such as the SRC, VCs Office, UniLodge, UCLife, St Vincent de Paul, and other clubs on campus.

Through different and creative fundraising ideas, his club will be able to support more projects and help more people. I quote from one of his club members… “His friendly and gentle manner allows for shyer members to be brave enough to step forward – with his leadership style is best described by this quote: 'Be somebody that makes everybody feel like a somebody.”

The impact he has had on many people around the UC community this year has been nothing short of extraordinary, Congratulations Andrew!

“Make Your Own” Awards

Best at CPR (reviving a club) Award- Ellaine Dimayuga

Life Support Award - SAC

Most Email Spam Award- Rotaract Club

The Tim Tam Award, for the sweetest club: UC TAMS

“We have a higher IQ than Tom” Award- ISAACS Law Society

Oliver Twist “please sir, can we have some more?” Award- UCAMS