The annual University Volunteer of the Year Awards took place in a face to face ceremony on 9th May 2023.
Independent judges considered nominations that had been made earlier in the year for groups, alumni and students. The panel consisted staff, Students' Union and Alumni representation and partners from community organisations.
Volunteering took place locally, nationally and internationally. It really was humbling to hear about the amazing work of so many people.
All commended and highly commended nominees as well as those who ame first, second or third received a certificate. The overall winners in the individual categories also received the University Medal for Social Responsibility, part of the suite of established President's Distinguished Achievement Awards. First, second and third places also receive a donation to support the organisations where they volunteer.
“I cannot tell how great it was to sit in Whitworth Hall and see/hear the truly inspirational activities of those people who are part of our University. As I said to a number of colleagues, it reminded me why I choose to work here and see how, regardless of staff/student, type of role etc. people have a sense of pride for UoM and their community (wherever it is).”