Oh, what a night! The 2017 Student Group Awards

Student Group Awards Night 2017 dinner

When you first started uni, did you ever wonder about joining a club or society? Well, for those who haven’t already done so, you can probably guess that there are substantial benefits to be had by signing up to one of Macquarie University’s 130 plus student groups.

Apart from the obvious social advantages of hanging out with like-minded people who have similar interests, enjoying your society’s passions or club’s varied activities come with no strings (read assessments!) attached. Plus, once a year all the groups get together to celebrate in style at the annual Student Group Awards Night – a fully catered event held to recognise the outstanding contribution the groups have made to Macquarie’s campus life.

On 20 October this year, the 2017 Student Group Awards Night was held in the newly created open-plan event space, Macquarie Active Zone Experience (MAZE), and was attended by over 200 students and staff.

Student Group Awards Night dinner 2017Student Group Awards Night 2017 dinner

MAZE was opened by Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth Crouch, pictured below, who cut the ribbon just prior to the Awards evening (set up in an adjacent space). Musical entertainment for the opening was provided by the Macquarie University Symphony Orchestra.

 Deputy Chancellor, Elizabeth Crouch opening the MAZE.Macquarie University Symphony Orchestra

At the Awards dinner, there were 13 award presentations in total, with one of the main awards, the Student Group of The Year Award, being won by a group called The Big Lift MQ, pictured below, for its work exemplifying the spirit of engagement and volunteerism on campus.

The Big Lift Student Group

The Awards also featured performances by the Macabellas, pictured below, and The Law Revue cast and band. Then, to cap it off, the Student Representative Committee hosted an after-party at Ubar.

The Macabellas njf-316-of-366-student-group-awards-night-after-party-at-ubar-web-post

All photography by Nick Fraser.


If you want to join a student group to enjoy a sense of belonging and community within Macquarie but don’t know where to start, find out which group interests you here or here; or visit the Campus Engagement Desk at the MAZE.

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