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Union Ball

The Union Ball is one of the most prestigious award ceremonies that we have at Surrey.

The ball includes a dinner, an awards ceremony, and of course a dance, as we come together to celebrate the achievements of societies and individuals!


There are an array of different awards, which cover all aspects of university life, and the full description of each award can be found here.

How are nominees shortlisted and winners chosen?

Each Zone within the Union is allocated awards in which the Zone Committee Members with the support of the Vice President are tasked with analysing and coming up with the shortlist. Below are the awards and which Zone decides the outcome:


  • Signatory of the Year

  • Society of the Year

  • Member of the Year

  • Most Improved Society

  • Best New Society

  • Alan Sutherland Award

  • Activity Cup

  • All Colours Ball Awards


  • Community Cup

  • Xilombe Tlakula Award for Fundraiser of the Year

  • Volunteer of the Year

  • Event of the Year


  • Course Rep of the Year

  • Liberation Award


  • Sam Bull Award for Outstanding Contribution to Wellbeing

President & Vice Chancellor

  • Vice Chancellors Award

The Sabbatical Team

  • Best Newcomer

Following the shortlisting, the Sabbatical Team meet and analyse the Union Ball shortlisted awards and decide winners. If any of the sabbatical team have any conflicts of interest with individuals or societies, they are not included in the decision of the relevant award


*The winner of each award is highlighted in gold

If you have any questions about Union Ball or awards, please get in touch with your VP Community at:

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