Panel Info
Unique IDSU0222
Status:Unsuccessful
Application Details
Entrant Club(s):CRIMSOC
Entry completed by:Alicia Craig
Club Role:President
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Phone:0210775392
Category SelectionReminder that events and initiatives must have occurred in the eligible period: 7 September 2020 to 12 September 2021
Which category is this nomination for?Best Major Event 2021
Name of event or initiative:CRIMSOC Graduates Night
Brief overview of the event or initiative:

Crimsoc’s Graduate’s Night is a semi-formal event held at the Old Vicarage Restaurant. Students are invited to attend a fun night with their peers and enjoy a three-course meal and some beveraginos. It’s a great opportunity for students to socialise, reflect on their time at university and take some photos.

What were the aims of the event or initiative?

The Bachelor of Criminal Justice is a relatively new degree. The aim of this event was to provide a memorable evening to celebrate and recognise the academic successes of all students, but particularly those who are in their final year of the BCJ. We worked hard to create a fun, and affordable evening that brought students together which they could look back on fondly in years to come.

How did you make it happen?

We approached The Old Vicarage and they agreed to become an official sponsor for Crimsoc. This included providing Crimsoc a great deal for Graduates Night, to ensure the event was affordable in recognition of the financial position of many students. We achieved this through previously established connections, as two of the executive members were employed by the Old Vicarage. The CRIMSOC executive then worked together to organise decorations including graduation balloons, banners and criminal justice props to suit the event's graduation theme. We also posted on the UCSA Noticeboard to recruit a photographer to capture the evening.

How did you make it better?

This was the first time CRIMSOC had held this event, despite this, the night was a huge success. Initially we hired a photographer, however after further discussion we decided that a photographer alone was not enough. So, the CRIMSOC Executive worked together to make a DIY photo-booth (fabric hung over a metal frame, held up using pins with funky grad themed decorations/balloons). After this, one of our executive members had the idea of purchasing criminal justice themed props to add excitement. We had the photo-booth running all night and it was a huge success.

How did you show your commitment to sustainability?

To avoid purchasing everything new we asked the CRIMSOC executive whether anyone had decorations we could recycle; we got helium and a metal photo backdrop frame. We kept all the decorations (used and new) to reuse them at future events (you should see the state of our office). To ensure the sustainability of the event itself, we nurtured the relationship with the Old Vicarage by putting their logo on our club t-shirts and holding CRIMSOC executive meetings and our Quiz night there. In the future, we hope to provide busses for students to lower carbon emissions from vehicles.

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