Celebrating our volunteers

Volunteering, n. [vol-uhn-teer-ing]:

Any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims primarily to benefit the environment or someone (individuals or groups) other than close relatives.

On 2nd May the university celebrated its students, staff and alumni who give their time to others through volunteering. The event was attended by senior staff, community partners, nominees and their family and friends.

 Awards were given in four categories:

  • Student of the Year (individual) - open to any current undergraduate or postgraduate of The University of Manchester. This award is in association with University of Manchester Students' Union.
  • Student Group of the Year (group) - open to any group of current students who volunteer together.
  • Staff of the Year - open to any current staff member of the University.
  • Alumni of the Year - open to any graduate of The University of Manchester (including Victoria University and UMIST).

 The winners supported a range of causes including adults with disabilities, the homeless and international development. The overall winners received a cash prize for their organisation: £300 for the overall winner, and £200 and £100 for the 2nd and 3rd place runners up. In addition the overall winner in each category received the University's prestigious Medal for Social Responsibility.

 The Awards are organised by the Teaching, learning and Student Development Division, which is part of the Directorate for the Student Experience.

Nominations for the 2020 awards will open in January 2020.

We have now closed for nominations for 2019.