Standards

Standards

This year society standards have changed to allow societies to shape their experience and pursue the activities that their members will love to give them a kickass experience. Throughout the year you’ll be able to record your society’s activities by submitting it here.

Each week we’ll update your statistics and grant your society electronic badges when you reach milestones. 

Every badge is worth points and when your reach enough points you’ll be awarded a standard. This will be done throughout the year so you’ll be able to see what you’re on track to achieving. We will change the colour of your box when you reach a new standard, however, unless you have completed the black badges by the end of the year, you will not be awarded this standard. 

Badges

There are 5 types of badges; black, yellow, bronze, silver and gold.  

Black badges are compulsory and every society must achieve these to be officially awarded their standard at the end of the year. You will not be able to apply for this badge but we will award based on our records. Each black badge is worth 100 points.

Yellow badges aren’t compulsory but can only be awarded once in an academic year and each badge is worth 100 points.

Bronze badges are worth 100 points but can be upgraded to Silver (200 points) and even Gold (400 points) if you reach the net set of criteria for the badge. We will use the final colour badge to calculate how many points to put towards your standard (for example if you reached a silver badge in fundraising you would get 200 points, not 300 (100 bronze, 200 silver).

Standards

To achieve each standard you need to have the following points

Bronze standard = 1000 points, Silver Standard = 2000 points, Gold Standard = 4000 points

We may add in extra badges throughout the year for your society to aspire to and may introduce a platinum level standard if many societies reach Gold throughout the year.

You cannot submit an event for a badge if that event has not already happened yet, as if the event is cancelled you will not have met the requirements for the badge.

Badges

Black

These must be completed to get any standard.

GM Badge - Attend all Societies Guild General Meetings or have appropriate apologies accepted.

Budget Badge - Spend 50% of term 1 membership income by the end of term 2.

Election Badge - Get your members to engage with its annual election on its first round of elections.

Yellow

Social Media Badge – Demonstrate that your society has an active and engaging social media account. Links to your social media accounts or screenshots are sufficient evidence.

 

UNDER DEVELOPMENT - Please do not submit applications for this badge. Mentor Badge – Demonstrate that your society has actively mentored a new society or similar society from a different campus.

Exec Volunteering Badge - All execs of your society to create their volunteering profile and log 10 hours (exec meetings, attendance at GMs, event planning). 

Rebel Badge - Collaborate with Rebel. This can be writing an article for the online/print magazine; hosting a radio show; create video content; host an event together. 

 

 

Bronze, Silver & GolD

Fundraising Badge 

Fundraising for your society and for charity will both count towards this total, as will funds raised through sponsorship or secured from the Click Funding.

Bronze - £125

Silver -  £250

Gold - £500

Volunteering Badge

Volunteering with your society can be via the vTeam or through opportunities your society has organised itself. For the opportunity to count towards your standards you will need to have at least 5 members attend. As evidence of this, you must either take a register or a photo of at least 5 members attending the opportunity.

Bronze – 2 opportunities

Silver – 4 opportunities

Gold – 6 opportunities

Essex Event Badge

To achieve this badge, your society must participate and represent itself in events within our University Community. These events will be organised by the University or SU. This badge requires you to participate in an event, rather than host one. Possible events to participate in include Winter Fayre, Fireworks, Derby Day, Open Days, Housewarming, Graduation, RAG Week, and One World Week, but there may be many more opportunities to participate in Essex Events!

Bronze – 2 events

Silver – 4 events

Gold – 6 events

Leadership Badge

Provide evidence that your executive committee have held the following amount of committee meetings by uploading minutes to your webpage.

Bronze –  2 per term (4 total)

Silver – 4 per term (8 total)

Gold – 6 per term (12 total)

Collaboration Badge 

To achieve this badge you will need to demonstrate you have collaborated with another society on a campaign, event or project. Collaborations will need to be with different societies on each occasion.

Bronze – 1 collaboration

Silver – 2 collaboration

Gold – 3 collaboration

Event Badge

Your society must host the following amount of events for your members and they must fall under the specified amount of different categories: academic/educational, trips/off campus activities, socials, other.

Bronze – 4 events, 2 categories

Silver – 8 events, 3 categories

Gold – 12 events, 4 categories 

ENGAGEMENT BADGE 

To achieve this badge your society will need to host events that aim to engage non-members with your society. This can include come and try events, performances and workshops etc.

Bronze – 1 event

Silver – 2 events

Gold – 3 events

Amazing degree Badge 

Demonstrate how your society has helped its members get an amazing degree. This may include: organising trips to compliment degree content, hosting revision sessions, organising a mentor project between years, organising a book fair, inviting an external speaker that will assist members with course content, organising activities to de-stress members during exams.

Bronze – 1 activity

Silver – 2 activities

Gold – 3 activities

Amazing job Badge 

Demonstrate how your society has helped its members prepare for life post-graduation so they can get an amazing job. This may include: organising a recruitment fair, actively engaging your members to participate in the Big Essex Award, organising network events with employers, holding workshops to develop members skills, encouraging members to attend CV workshops.

Bronze – 1 activity

Silver – 2 activities

Gold – 3 activities

Liberation Badge 

Demonstrate how your society has actively engaged with students from the liberation groups (LGBT+, BAME, disabled, women). This may be by: collaborating or participating in an event hosted by the relevant liberation network; ensuring your events are inclusive and accessible to those students; having an executive role on your committee that solely focuses on engaging with students from a specific liberation group.

The group that you’re engaging with can’t fit within the aims and objectives of your society, so for example, the LGBT society would not be able to apply for events catering to LGBT+ students, only BAME, disabled or women students.

Bronze – 1 activity

Silver – 2 activities

Gold – 3 activities

Student Groups Badge 

Demonstrate how your society has actively engaged with students from the following student groups; mature students, off-campus/commuting students, student parents, postgraduate students. This may be by: collaborating or participating in an event hosted by the relevant network; ensuring your events are inclusive and accessible to those students; having an executive role on your committee that solely focuses on engaging with students from a specific student group.

Bronze – 1 activity

Silver – 2 activities

Gold – 3 activities

 

How do I apply for badges?

To apply for badges you just have to complete this simple form and we'll add it onto your stats page