Nominations for 2021 HLMs are now open until Friday 23rd April.

To nominate someone for an HLM, download the HLM form and upload your nominations here.

Successful HLM applications are viewable to the nominated student and are given as part of our HLM prize ceremony in June. Nominating someone for an HLM is a great way to show your appreciation for all that they have done while a student here! There is no limit to the number of nominations you may make.

The Students’ Association awards Honorary Life Membership (HLM) to individuals who make an outstanding contribution to enhancing the St Andrews student experience.

Honorary Life Membership is not something that is bestowed lightly, and we will be looking for evidence of outstanding ability and determination in their respective field. Only around 50 HLMs will be awarded per academic year.

In addition to receiving an HLM, the Sandy Mackenzie Award is annually awarded to one member of the Association. Dedicated to our late Bar Manager, this award is given to a student who has truly gone above and beyond in their activities within the Association. Both of these awards are given by the SA Executive Committee


HLMs are granted based on the following strict criteria:

  1. The nominee is a graduating student.
  2. The nominee has contributed in no small way to the Student Experience through Students' Association activities while a student at St Andrews.
  3. The nominee is in good standing with the Students' Association, i.e. they are not currently banned or facing disciplinary action by the Association.

HLMs are given for activities within the Students' Association, its subcommittees, representative structures, or its affiliated societies. These may be for a large amount of work in one year, or over a number of years. Students may not self-nominate.

The University offers a number of awards for activities outside of the Students' Association, or within specific areas. For awards based on outstanding activity or volunteering within sport, please contact the AU President. There are 10 awards given to members of societies (not restricted to graduating students) as part of the Society Awards.

Previous Winners

Year Sandy Mackenzie Award HLM recipients
2019/20 Paul Lancaster and Markus Lee View full list
2018/19 Lorraine Callaghan View full list
2017/18 Charlotte Haswll-West View full list
2016/17 Shilpa Jujjavarapu View full list
2015/16 Lavin Ge Tian View full list
2014/15 View full list
2013/14 View full list