On 5 July Kingston College was awarded a prestigious NUS Campaigns Award at the NUS Awards 2017, an annual event which toasts excellence within the student movement.
The award was given in recognition of the outstanding Mental Health campaign led by the College’s Students’ Union Mental Health team. Nell Percival who is the SU Mental Health and Wellbeing Officer at Kingston College, supported by a team of Mental Health Ambassadors, led a number of wellbeing activities in the student communal area. The team promoted positive ways to wellbeing, advising students where they can go to access support and creating over 40 mental health toolkits which were distributed to safeguarding nominates in order to support students.
Nell Percival, who is studying for an Access to HE Diploma – Humanities, Social Sciences and Law said: "I had an amazing time attending the NUS awards in Birmingham this year, and felt incredibly proud and grateful to have our mental health toolkits recognised on a national platform. None of this would have been possible without Kingston College’s amazingly hardworking Enrichment team, and I can't thank them enough. The support of the students’ union mental health ambassadors has been invaluable. Thank you everyone."
The event which took place at the NEC in Birmingham is an annual celebration of the extraordinary work which students’ unions undertake each day. This year over 144 nominations were received from students’ unions across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with 24 Awards recipients being honoured at the gala event. NUS says: “The NUS Awards were judged by an experienced panel from across the education sector and beyond. As the quality of nominations continues to rise year-on-year, so does the expectations placed on our judges to choose a winner. The awards are an opportunity to applaud the unsung heroes from the movement whilst reflecting on the standout stories and achievements of the past year.”