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Recognition & Appreciation Awards 2022



It was a great pleasure to welcome you all to our second year of the Recognition and Appreciation Awards 2023. This celebration was an opportunity to acknowledge and applaud the commitment, efforts, progress, achievements and triumphs of individuals, groups and organisations across minority ethnic communities in Scotland. The Recognition and Appreciation Awards celebrated the ‘added value’ we all bring to our learning, working and social environments.


The Recognition and Appreciation Awards celebrated the ‘added value’ we all bring to our learning, working and social environments.

Our ‘unsung heroes’, particularly young people, parents, carers and educators who motivate social justice and challenge inequality are at the heart of SAMEE and the Recognition and Appreciation Awards. Our guests, sponsors and particularly our nominees play a critically important role in creating inclusive social, learning and working environments across Scotland. Their activites support and empower minority ethnic young people and parents, improve life chances for children and young people by tackling disadvantage and strengthen the BME workforce.


We offer our heartfelt congratulations to the award winners of 2023. We would also like to extend our deepest appreciation to our strategic partners and sponsors for their continued support and allyship.



Outstanding Young Leader Award

An award celebrating ethical leadership skills in young people, acknowledging their focus, enthusiasm, confidence and commitment to activities that benefit their community and develop others.


Building Bridges Award for Institution/Employer

An award appreciating the work of an organisation/employer working collaboratively with networks and other organisations to improve equality, diversity and inclusion outcomes.


Sports for All Award

An award celebrating organisations encouraging the participation of
minority ethnic communities in sport by addressing inequalities, reducing
barriers to participation and raising health awareness.


Supporting Inclusive Learning Award

An award celebrating an educator or organisation creating an inclusive
and responsive learning environment that supports learners with specific
learning differences.


Outstanding Contribution to Anti-racist Practice in the Classroom Award

An award celebrating educators who develop racial and cultural awareness in learners, acknowledging the diverse cultures, traditions and languages of learners and developing curriculum and learning opportunities that meet the needs of diverse learning communities.


Social Citizenship Award

An award recognising an individual, group or organisation that support
and promote the rights and welfare of minority communities, their sense of belonging and cultural heritage.


Inspiring Diversity in STEM Award

An award celebrating an individual, group or organisation encouraging minority groups to pursue STEM education at school, college, University or through an apprenticeship.


Social Environment Award

An award celebrating individuals instigating positive changes that address social injustice and challenges in society, schools, colleges, universities, organisations and businesses.


Research Award

An award recognising and appreciating innovative and unconventional research focusing on race and ethnicity.


Breaking Barriers Award

An award celebrating an individual who has been an inspirational and effective role model to others though driving reform, campaigning and being a change agent.


Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Award

An award recognising the work of an individual, group or organisation taking the lead in workplace racial equity and fairness and addressing racial discrimination.

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