Blue & Colours Nominations 2016

Each year the University of Dundee recognises the outstanding sporting achievements of it students, with the Blues and Colours awards ceremony. An exceptionally high standard must be attained in any sport to achieve a university Full Blue. Each affiliated club has Blues and Colours standards setting precedence for the level of achievement required to attain a Full Blue, Half Blue or Colour.

 

Full Blue

A Full Blue is awarded to athletes of outstanding ability judged by standards applicable to student’s different sports. A Full Blue athlete should have been selected as a first choice for a Scottish Universities representative team for two seasons. A Full Blues skill performance should be of an international standard and in some sports it is necessary for athletes to play for British or National sides. A Full Blue should also have played in at least 75% of the fixtures for the Dundee University 1st team for two years. No account will be made of administrative ability in the awarding of Blues.

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Half Blue

Half Blues are awarded to athletes for playing well above the average standard for a University of Dundee 1st team. A Half Blue should be a squad member for the Scottish Universities representative team. A Half Blue winner should also have played in at least 85% of the fixtures for the Dundee University 1st team for two years. No account will be made of administrative ability in the awarding of Half Blues.

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Colour

To get a colour, athletes need to serve and play for their club for at least two years and to be regular 1st team members. They should also have played 85% of University matches and their ability to be such as to ensure their place in the team in the face of competition. No account will be made of administrative ability in the awarding of Colours.

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Merit

Awarded to athletes, club committee members or officials who have acted above and beyond what is required of them and shown outstanding dedication to their club.

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Trophies

Each year, exceptional club and individual achievements are recognised by awarding Sports’ Union Trophies.

Club of the Year

1. The club must show significant development in the current academic year.
2. The nomination should highlight any club development achievements, e.g. increasing membership; training attendance; competitive success.
3. Only achievements gained in the current academic year will be taken into consideration.
4. The nomination will be considered on merit in the following areas of priority:

Team of the Year

1. Only achievements gained in the current academic year will be taken into consideration.
2. The nomination will be considered on merit in the following areas of priority:

Coach of The Year

1. Only achievements gained in 2013 will be taken into consideration.
2. Previous winners of this award will be considered, based on the current nomination only.
3. The nomination will be considered on merit in the following areas of priority:

Sportsman/woman of the Year Core Criteria

1. Only achievements gained in the current academic year will be taken into consideration.
2. The nomination will be considered on merit in the following areas of priority:

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Awards recognising exceptional achievements 

James Boyle Shield

Named after the President of the Sports’ Union in 1991 who lost his leg following a sporting accident. James’ injury did not prevent him from committing himself to developing his club and the Sports’ Union. This award recognises outstanding service in a volunteering capacity by a sports club member within the university.

1. The nominee must not receive any monetary rewards for their time given to the activities detailed within the nomination.
2. Only work undertaken in the current academic year will be taken into consideration.
3. The nomination will be considered on merit in the following areas of priority:

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Alasdair Lonie Award

This award was established following a bequest from Alasdair Lonie. Alasdair was Head of Accountancy at the University until he died prematurely from cancer. A stalwart and enthusiast of the Sports’ Union, Alasdair had links with the Table Tennis, Judo and Rugby clubs. This award is for the student who demonstrates a significant competitive and/or volunteering contribution across a range of sports and/or clubs.

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Alastair Sankey Memorial Quaich

This trophy is named in memory of Alastair Sankey who died suddenly whilst in his second year at the University. Whilst in first year Alastair represented the university swimming club at the highest level. The Quaich is awarded to the first year student who makes an outstanding contribution to sport on a competitive level at the University.

1. Only achievements gained in the current academic year will be taken into consideration.
2. The nomination will be considered on merit in the following areas of priority:

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Stewart Campbell Trophy

As a student of the University, Stewart Campbell represented Scotland in the Five Nations rugby championship. As he had not represented a University side, Stewart was not eligible for a University sports award. This award was established to celebrate sporting excellence by a student competing out with inter-university competition.

1. Only achievements gained in the current academic year will be taken into consideration.
2. The nomination will be considered on merit in the following areas of priority:

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Graham Healy Student Coach of the Year

1. Only achievements gained in the current academic year will be taken into consideration.
2. Previous winners of this award will be considered, based on the current nomination only.
3. The nomination will be considered on merit in the following areas of priority:

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Graduates’ Association Award for Publicity

Every Graduate of The University of Dundee automatically joins the Graduates Association. There is now over 60,000 Graduates of the University, spread across 150 countries in the world. Communication is key for them, they are not in the heart of the campus anymore and information and news is not just on their finger tips.

In order for clubs to stay in contact with their strong and passionte alumni they need to be good at promoting themselves and communicating with their network.

Both of these attrbiutes are also key for encourgaing new members to join and making their club appealing to the large fresher pool each year.

The Graduates Association can only do so much in promoting the success of the University to the wider network and therefore we need clubs to step up and take this on themselves.

Each year, the Graduates Association Award for Promotion will go to a club that has gone above and beyond to promote their club through; freshers week promotion, social media activity, publicity through events and fundraisers and publicity of their events, activities and successes.

We would expect to see a result in your efforts such as increase in membership, social media engagement and an increase in engagement with your wider audience.

Award Criteria
Consideration will be given to the following criteria:
– Publicity internal and external (members, press, general public, alumni, university staff).
– Publicity of sporting and social events
– All year round publicity
– The methods/quality of publicity
– Initiative shown in publicity
– Range/extent of publicity
– Success of publicity
*Stats, links and any other proof of success must be submitted.

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