Club of the Year Awards

Clubs and Societies are a vibrant and integral part of uni life at UNSW. We want to celebrate the hard work and achievements of Clubs and recognise those that have given their very best for their members!

The Arc Club of the Year Award recognises the crème de la crème of our Clubs and is the highest recognition of excellence by Arc. The Club given this Award has made a major contribution to student life and provided significant value to the UNSW student community. 

The awards available this year recognise the different kinds of events that clubs hold, the creativity of Clubs and the make to Clubs:

Awards Timeline for 2024

Nominations Open | Week 8 - Exam Period Start (15/07 - 9/08)

Voting Open | Exam Period Ends - Sunday T3 Week 2 (22/08 - 15/09)

Award Ceremony | 20 September 2024

Award Categories - As chosen by Arc Clubs Staff

Club of the Year Award

New Club Award

Club Executive of the Year

Outstanding Club Admin Award 

Outstanding Club Portfolio of the Year

Outstanding On-Campus Engagement Award

Arc Clubs Award of Excellence

As voted on by Club Executives (Each Club has 1 vote per category)

Clubs Community Outstanding Large Event Award 

Clubs Community Outstanding Small Event Award 

Clubs Community Outstanding Online Event Award 

Clubs Community Outstanding Development Program Award 

Clubs Community Outstanding Event Series Award 

Clubs Community Outstanding Club Collaboration 

Clubs Community Outstanding New Initiative 

Award Categories - As voted on by all Arc Members

People’s Choice for Outstanding Club Community Award 

People’s Choice for Outstanding Merchandise Award 

People’s Choice for Outstanding Multimedia Award 

People’s Choice for Outstanding Poster Award 

People’s Choice for Outstanding Promotional Campaign Award 

People’s Choice for Outstanding Website Award 

Award Categories - As voted on by the Student Development Committee

Outstanding Social Good Award 

Outstanding Sustainability Initiative Award 

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Award 

2023 Award Winners

2023 Award Winners

Club of the Year Award Enactus
New Club of the Year Award Women In Management
On Campus Activity Award Women In Technology - Plant Your Creativity
Off-Campus Activity Award Campus Runners - Blue Mountains Camp
Online Activity Award Puzzle Society - Weekly Online Puzzle Competition
Outstanding Hybrid Club Event Award Tabletop Games Society - The Lost Lands Session 1
Development Program Award TIE Faculty of Engineering Student Society - Professional Development Program
Development Program Award TIE Materials Science & Engineering Postgraduate Society - Forge Your Future
Outstanding Online Community Award Chess Club
Club Member of the Year Amelia Chung - KOSTA
People's Choice Merchandise Award Anime UNSW - Hoodie
People's Choice Video Award Riot Games Society - Welcome to ELO Hell
People's Choice Promotional Material Award CSE Society - Rainbow Road

Awards Criteria

Eligibility

Only Affiliated Clubs are eligible to be nominated and have an Award conferred. 

Category-specific criteria are outlined in the Category section of these Guidelines. 

Clubs or individuals that have been found to have acted improperly over the course of the year will be ineligible for all Awards for the calendar year in which they were found to have acted improperly.   


Arc Club of the Year Award 

Purpose: 

To reward the Club that has made the highest contribution to UNSW student life and contributed the most to a vibrant student community, and to encourage well organised, active Clubs and successful activities. 

Criteria:  

Highest contribution to student life based on the: 

  • Club’s activities 

  • Success of Club activities 

  • Success in reaching the Club’s mission  

  • Involvement of the Club in Arc activities 

  • Logistical success of the Club’s operations 

  • Success in developing and implementing events and initiatives that foster an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture within the Club and/or within the UNSW student community 

  • Success of member development and training 

  • Degree of success in budgeting and planning 

 

Arc New Club Award 

Purpose: 

To reward the New Club that has made a high contribution to UNSW student life and contributed the most to a vibrant student community, and to encourage active Clubs and successful activities. 

Criteria: 

High contribution to student life based on the: 

  • Club’s activities 

  • Success of Club activities 

  • Success in reaching the Club’s mission  

  • Success in developing and implementing events and initiatives that foster an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture within the Club and/or within the UNSW student community 

  • Involvement of the Club in Arc activities 

Special Criteria:

Clubs must have been inaugurated by a General Meeting of the Club within 18 months before the Award nomination closes in order to be eligible for the Arc New Club Award. 

 

Arc Club Executive of the Year 

Purpose: 

To recognise a Club Executive that has made an outstanding contribution to one or more Clubs. The Club member must be an Arc member, and the outstanding contributions must have been made during a period when they held an Executive position in the Club/s. 

Criteria:
Highest contribution to student life based on the degree to which: 

  • The Club Executive made a significant contribution to the success of the Club/s 

  • The Club Executive’s contribution exceeded expectations 

  • The Club Executive was an inspiration and/or support to other Club members 

Special Criteria: 

At the time of the nomination, the member must be a current UNSW student and Arc member, and the Clubs must be currently affiliated with Arc

 

Outstanding Club Admin Award

Purpose: 

To recognise a Club and/or Individual who has consistently submitted their documentation at a high quality and demonstrates professionalism when communicating with Arc @ UNSW. This award recognises the unseen but often critical work of administrative Executive roles.  

Criteria:
Highest quality and consistency of administrative documentation based on the degree to which: 

  • The administrative work made a significant contribution to the success of the Club 

  • The administrative work exceeded expectations 

  • The consistency of quality of the administrative work throughout the year 

  • The degree of professionalism the Club conducts itself when communicating with Arc @ UNSW 

 

Outstanding Club Portfolio of the Year 

Purpose: 

To recognise a Club Portfolio that has made an outstanding contribution to their Clubs success. This award puts a spotlight on the critical involvement of non-Executive roles within Clubs. 

Criteria:
Highest contribution to student life based on the degree to which: 

  • The Club Portfolio made a significant contribution to the success of the Club/s 

  • The Club Portfolio contribution exceeded expectations 

  • The Club Portfolio was an inspiration and/or support to other Club members 

Special Criteria: 

A Club Portfolio is defined as a sub-team within a Club of no less than two people, must be made up of a at least half non-executive positions and serves a specialised function. 

 

Arc Clubs Outstanding On-Campus Engagement Award 

Purpose: 

To recognise the value of successful and ongoing on-campus Club activities to UNSW student life. 

Criteria:  

Highest contribution to student life based on the: 

  • Success and frequency of the Club’s activities 

  • Degree to which the Club activities assists the Club in reaching its mission 

  • Degree to which they increase and improve UNSW campus life (including but not limited to the number of UNSW student attendees and other attendees) 

  • Degree to which the event actively seeks to foster the engagement of diverse demographics of students (including but not exclusive to the organisation and promotion of the event as well as the event itself) 

Special Criteria: 

  • Clubs cannot nominate for this Award – the winner and highly commended awardees will be determined using data submitted to Arc including, but not limited to, Club bookings, Club grants and membership increases over the past year. 

 

Clubs Community Outstanding Large Event Award 

Purpose: 

To recognise the value of successful Club activities that attract a large number of attendees to UNSW student life and the UNSW community. 

Criteria: 

Highest contribution to student life based on the: 

  • Success of the Club activity 

  • Degree to which the Club activity assists the Club in reaching its mission 

  • Degree to which they promote UNSW student life Clubs to the greater community (including but not limited to the number of UNSW student attendees and other attendees) 

  • Degree to which the event actively seeks to foster the engagement of diverse demographics of students (including but not exclusive to the organisation and promotion of the event as well as the event itself) 

Special Criteria: 

  • The activity must have had a minimum 100 Arc Members attend with an accurate Attendance Form taken. This Attendance Form should meet requirements of an Activity Grant.  

  • Not eligible if part of an ‘Event Series’ (see Clubs Community Outstanding Event Series Award) 

 

Clubs Community Outstanding Small Event Award 

Purpose: 

To recognise the value of successful Club activities that attract a small number of attendees to UNSW student life and the UNSW community. 

Criteria: 

Highest contribution to student life based on the: 

  • Success of the Club activity 

  • Degree to which the Club activity assists the Club in reaching its mission 

  • Degree to which they increase and improve UNSW campus life (including but not limited to the number of UNSW student attendees and other attendees) 

  • Degree to which the event actively seeks to foster the engagement of diverse demographics of students (including but not exclusive to the organisation and promotion of the event as well as the event itself) 

Special Criteria: 

  • The activity must have had a maximum of 100 Arc Members attend with an accurate Attendance Form taken. This Attendance Form should meet requirements of an Activity Grant. 

  • Not eligible if part of an ‘Event Series’ (Clubs Community Outstanding Event Series Award) 

 

Clubs Community Outstanding Online Event Award 

Purpose: 

To recognise the value of successful Online Club activities to UNSW student life and the UNSW community. 

Criteria: 

Highest contribution to student life based on the: 

  • Success of the Club activity 

  • Degree to which the Club activity assists the Club in reaching its mission 

  • Degree to which they promote UNSW student life and Clubs to the greater community (including but not limited to the number of UNSW student attendees and other attendees) 

  • Degree to which the event actively seeks to foster the engagement of diverse demographics of students (including but not exclusive to the organisation and promotion of the event as well as the event itself) 

Where an activity engages UNSW students simultaneously through multiple modes, only the online aspects of the activity will be considered in the determination of this award, especially the experience of online attendees.  

Special Criteria: 

  • Not eligible if part of an ‘Event Series’ (Clubs Community Outstanding Event Series Award) 

 

Clubs Community Outstanding Development Program Award 

Purpose:
To recognise the value of Club-delivered successful programs that provide personal and professional development opportunities for UNSW students, providing long term and high-impact results for their members. 

Criteria: 

Highest contribution to student life based on the: 

  • Success of the program in contributing to a participant’s student experience 

  • Success of the program in pursuit of the Club’s purpose 

  • Development outcomes and opportunities provided 

  • Number of students engaged and duration of the program 

  • Degree to which the program is innovative and unique, differentiating the program to others 

Eligible Programs must have all the following characteristics:  

  • Strong focus on development opportunities rather than a focus on enabling or providing social interaction or informal experiences. 

  • Defined development outcomes for attendees, whether personal and/or professional 

  • Structured delivery of skills and knowledge to attendees 

  • Clear expectations of time and content completion commitments for all attendees, minimum 15 hours commitment 

 

Clubs Community Outstanding Event Series Award 

Purpose:
To recognise the value of Club-delivered successful event series that provide an on-going sense of community and enjoyment for UNSW students.  

Criteria: 

Highest contribution to student life based on the: 

  • Success of the event series in contributing to a participant’s student experience 

  • Success of the event series in pursuit of the Club’s purpose 

  • Number of students engaged and duration of the event series 

  • Degree to which the event series is innovative and unique, differentiating it from others 

Special Criteria: 

The event must have a minimum of 3 occurrences to be considered an ‘Event Series’.  

 

Clubs Community Outstanding Club Collaboration 

Purpose: 

To recognise two or more Clubs who’ve worked together on a Club-led activity successfully, in the past 12 months. This award recognises the importance of maintaining professional and social relationships between two organisations. 

Criteria:  

Highest contribution to student life based on the: 

  • Success of the Clubs activity or activities 

  • Degree to which the Clubs activity assists the Clubs in reaching its mission 

  • Degree to which they increase and improve UNSW campus life (including but not limited to the number of UNSW student attendees and other attendees) 

  • Degree to which the event(s) actively seeks to foster the engagement of diverse demographics of students (including but not exclusive to the organisation and promotion of the event as well as the event itself) 

Special Criteria: 

This award is jointly awarded to two or more Clubs. 

 

Clubs Community Outstanding New Initiative 

Purpose: 

To recognise any club initiative that introduces fresh ideas, pushes boundaries and adapts quickly to evolving needs and circumstances, enhancing the overall effectiveness and impact of the club on the broader UNSW student experience.  

Criteria:  

Highest contribution to student life based on the: 

  • The initiative takes an innovative approach to enhancing student experience outside of what the club has offered in previous years.  

  • The initiative demonstrates a creative and original approach to addressing challenges or opportunities.  

  • The initiative was designed for, and delivered to, the broader student community (or specific audiences within it) and is not an internal facing event that targets executive, directors or subcommittees. 

 

People’s Choice for Outstanding Club Community Award 

Purpose:
To recognise the value of Clubs with a highly active, engaged and supportive community. This contributes to UNSW student life through keeping individuals connected and socially engaged with their peers.

Criteria: 

Highest contribution to student life based on the: 

  • Degree of engagement and interaction 

  • How well the Club (through the Executive) enables social connections and opportunities through the community 

  • Success of the Club (through the Executive) in providing enabling members to support to other members through the community 

  • Success of Club (through the Executive) in pursuing the Club’s aims and objectives through the community 

  • Size and presence of the community 

  • Diversity and accessibility of the community 

 

People’s Choice for Outstanding Merchandise Award 

Purpose: 

To recognise high achievement in the design of merchandise that helps Club members to represent and feel connected to their Club by owning a representative design. 

This includes physical items produced within the last 12 months, and excludes items that promote a specific event or initiative of the Club, or items that use a design that has previously been produced. 

The design must be wholly created by one or more individuals, who were all UNSW students at the time, without payment for services. 

Criteria: 

Highest contribution to student life based on the: 

  • Clarity of the design’s purpose and success in achieving its intended goals, outcomes and targets 

  • Degree to which the design exhibits value, quality and professionalism 

  • Degree to which the design’s purpose has a clear connection to engaging UNSW student life 

 

People’s Choice for Outstanding Multimedia Award

Purpose:  

To recognise high achievement in the production of audio and videos promoting a Club or their offerings. This includes any form and combination of multimedia (audio, podcast, radio, video, animation etc.) produced within the last 12 months in order to promote a Club event, activity, initiative etc. or the Club as a whole. The material must be wholly produced by one or more individuals, who were all UNSW students at the time, without payment for services. 

Criteria: 

Highest contribution to student life based on the: 

  • Clarity of the promotional material’s purpose and success in achieving its intended goals, outcomes and targets 

  • Degree to which the multimedia promotional material exhibits value, quality and professionalism 

  • Degree to which the promotional material’s purpose has a clear connection to engaging UNSW student life 

 

People’s Choice for Outstanding Poster Award 

Purpose:  

To recognise high achievement in designing Club promotional posters. This includes static images designed in the last 12 months in order to promote a Club event, activity, initiative etc. or the Club as a whole.  

Eligible designs include (but are not exclusive to) promotional posters and flyers, both digital and physical.  

The materials must be wholly produced by one or more individuals who were all UNSW students at the time, without payment for services. 

Criteria: 

Highest contribution to student life based on the: 

  • Clarity of the design’s purpose and success in achieving its intended goals, outcomes and targets 

  • Degree to which the design’s exhibits value, quality and professionalism 

  • Degree to which the design’s purpose has a clear connection to engaging UNSW student life 

 

People’s Choice for Outstanding Promotional Campaign Award 

Purpose:  

To recognise high achievement in designing Club promotional material, excluding Merchandise. This includes static images, videos, audio or activations produced in the last 12 months in order to promote a Club event, activity, initiative etc. or the Club as a whole.  

Eligible designs include (but are not exclusive to) promotional logos, social media event images, merchandise, podcasts, stalls, posters and flyers.  

The materials must be wholly produced by one or more individuals who were all UNSW students at the time, without payment for services. 

Criteria: 

Highest contribution to student life based on the: 

  • Clarity of the content’s purpose and success in achieving its intended goals, outcomes and targets 

  • Degree to which the content exhibits value, quality and professionalism 

  • Degree to which the content’s purpose has a clear connection to engaging UNSW student life 

 

People’s Choice for Outstanding Website Award 

Purpose:  

To recognise high achievement in designing a Club’s website to promote the Club as a whole or a Club event, activity, initiative etc. 

The website must be wholly produced by one or more individuals who were all UNSW students at the time, without payment for services. 

Criteria: 

Highest contribution to student life based on the: 

  • Clarity of the websites purpose and success in achieving its intended goals, outcomes and targets 

  • Degree to which the website exhibits value, quality and professionalism 

  • Degree to which the websites purpose has a clear connection to engaging UNSW student life 

Special Criteria: 

A Club website cannot win the award twice in subsequent years. A separate website serving a different purpose but by produced by the same Club may be eligible.  

 

Outstanding Social Good Award 

Purpose: 

To recognise the Club which has made outstanding efforts to give back to the community and/or participated in social justice initiatives – either on or off campus. 

Criteria: 

Highest contribution to student life based on the: 

  • Success of the initiative in contributing to a participant’s student experience 

  • Success of the initiative in pursuit of the Club’s purpose 

  • Success of the initiative in creating a positive impact in the community 

  • Number of students engaged and duration of the initiative 

  • Degree to which the initiative is innovative and unique, differentiating the initiative to others 

 

Outstanding Sustainability Initiative Award 

Purpose: 

To recognise the Club which has made outstanding efforts to reduce their environmental impacts and/or ran an initiative in the interest of sustainability or environmental preservation. 

Criteria: 

Highest contribution to student life based on the: 

  • Success of the initiative in contributing to a participant’s student experience 

  • Success of the initiative in pursuit of the Club’s purpose 

  • Success of the initiative in creating a positive sustainability impact 

  • Number of students engaged and duration of the initiative 

  • Degree to which the initiative is innovative and unique, differentiating the initiative to others 

 

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Award 

Purpose: 

To recognise Clubs as a critical vector for belonging at UNSW and reward Clubs which has made outstanding efforts to make their community more accessible, diverse or inclusive. 

Criteria: 

Highest contribution to student life based on the: 

  • Success of the initiative in contributing to a participant’s student experience 

  • Success of the initiative in pursuit of the Club’s purpose 

  • Success of the initiative in creating an equitable, diverse and/or inclusive community 

  • Number of students engaged and duration of the initiative 

  • Degree to which the initiative is innovative and unique, differentiating the initiative to others 

 

Arc Club Award of Excellence

Purpose: 

To recognise Club members who have made a significant contribution to a number of Arc’s affiliated Clubs over an extended period of time. 

Criteria: 

Exceptional contribution to student life based on the: 

  • The Club member made a significant contribution to the success of the Club/s over multiple years. 

  • The Club member’s dedication and overall contribution exceeds expectation 

  • The Club member is an inspirational and positive role model to other Club members 

  • Frequently goes over and above to support their Club and Club members an ongoing basis. 

  • Always has a strong focus on people and working to strike a balance between everyone’s needs. 

  • The Club member held leadership positions in one or more Clubs over multiple years. 

  • A commitment to the principles that underpin Arc, and determination to ensure the best experience for all Club members.