Celebrating Social Responsibility at The University of Manchester

  • Have you set up a community project?
  • Do you run a festival?
  • Are you a mentor or befriender to a child or a vulnerable person?
  • Do you give your time to a local community group?

Many students, alumni and staff give their personal time and energy helping undertake public engagement work or volunteering with disadvantaged groups in the community locally, nationally and overseas. In addition, as part of its strategic vision, the University aims to encourage greater social responsibility (Goal 3 in the Manchester 2020 Vision).

To help realise this ambition, and to recognise and celebrate the community activity of its members, in 2010 the University launched a Volunteer of the Year Awards scheme.

Awards are given in three categories:

  • Student of the Year - open to any current undergraduate or postgraduate of The University of Manchester. This award is in association with University of Manchester Students' Union.
  • 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).

To be eligible for these awards, the activities must address disadvantaged groups or deprived communities. Nominations should also not be for work that is part of a nominee's job but be over and above that which is expected.

Each winner receives 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 is put forward for the University's prestigious Medal for Social Responsibility.

The 2017 winners were announced at a celebration event on 11th May, attended by senior staff, community partners, nominees and their family and friends. Information on the 2017 winners, and winners from previous years, can be found on these pages. The Awards are organised by the Student Development & Community Engagement Division, which is part of the Directorate for the Student Experience.

Nominations are now open for 2018.  The closing date is 9am on Monday 5th March.