The Awards are designed to give official recognition to the dedication of students in raising millions of pounds for charity.
The Hertfordshire RAG Society won the award for the most innovative event: arts students were involved with costume design and make-up, drama students played the zombies and their victims, the student TV channel documented the terror and 250 students showed up to run the route and dodge the living dead.
But RAG of the Year Award went to Loughborough University, which raised £1,404,952 during the 2013 RAG week, and £12,077,657 since records began in 1980. Their efforts include a RAG charity shop, staffed entirely by students.
Other universities’ RAG societies who earned special praise included Nottingham Karnival, which raised £50,000 with a seven-legged bar crawl, and Sheffield RAG, which is credited for helping a homeless shelter stay open for the second year by raising thousands of pounds to fund meals and accommodation.
The Awards formed part of the annual conference for RAG Societies, organised and hosted in 2013 by the University of Birmingham Guild of Students’ Carnival RAG.
Tim Lucas of the RAG Conference committee said: "We're extremely proud to have launched the first ever formal National RAG Award scheme in Birmingham this year. It was fantastic to recognise the achievements of RAGs over the past twelve months; all of the nominations were incredibly strong and competition for the top spots was fierce.”
The full list of winners, who were judged by Hugh Biddell, Head of Public Sector and Charities at RBS, James King, Chairman of FIG, David Brindle, Public Services Editor for the Guardian, and Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs, Chair of Volunteering England, included:
- Best event - Sheffield RAG
- Best outreach - Durham University Charities Kommittee
- Most improved RAG - Plymouth RAG
- Most innovative event - RAG Hertfordshire
- Charity of the year – Oxfam
- Community impact award - Sheffield RAG
- Outstanding individual - Rachel Sanders, Aberdeen's Roberts Gordon University RAG chair
- Lifetime contribution to RAG - Ian Johnson, Ragabond
- RAG of the year - Loughborough Students RAG
RBS ESSA stands for RBS Enterprising Student Society Accreditation (ESSA), a national scheme sponsored by the RBS Group which pro-actively rewards and recognises your societies and the teams behind them. The RBS ESSA certification is the official stamp of achievement and recognised by potential employers.
To find out more about the scheme, visit Enterprising Student Society Accreditation (ESSA).