Social Responsibility

Inspiring Communities

Winner (external partner)

Dr Peter and Mrs Julie Mohr, Volunteers, Museum of Medicine and Health

Peter and Julie Mohr commit a significant amount of their time, energy, expertise and knowledge in developing the University’s Medicine and Health Museum.

Peter, with Julie’s continued support, has worked to preserve the collection and make it more accessible. He has catalogued every item so researchers, students, other museums and the public can use the collection. He has also been crucial in preserving Manchester’s history, for example he is collecting and preserving the illustrations of Dorothy Davison.

Peter says: "We have worked as volunteers with the Museum of Medicine & Health for fifteen years. The award was a very pleasant surprise and it was an honour to have our efforts acknowledged, however, far more important is that the award has helped to raise the profile of the Museum of Medicine and Health, and highlighted the collection. It’s great to be part of the heritage team.”

Watch Peter's film.

Highly commended (external partner)

Ashley Dean, National Trust Ranger, Quarry Bank Mill

Ashley realised that conservation and recording opportunities were rare for biological studies students and that the National Trust would benefit from an academic volunteer workforce. She came up with a unique work experience programme that is now being rolled out to other National Trust properties.

Highly commended (external partner)

Dr Matthew Sullivan, Manchester Metropolitan University

Matthew has contributed his first-hand experience to our research on both gestural communication and the use of imitation to facilitate movement in Parkinson’s disease. This includes a recent co-authored paper. Moreover, Matthew has co-taught undergraduate students, helping them to apply their knowledge and understand the real-life impact of Parkinson’s disease.

Highly commended (external partner)

H@PPI Forum

The Health eResearch Centre’s Patient and Public Involvement Forum is 12 diverse members of the public sharing an interest in research using health data. They act as critical friends by reviewing grants and ideas and acting as co-applicants. They also contribute to postgraduate training sessions, short courses and strategic programme boards.

Winner (staff)

Neil Allen, School of Law

The Dementia Law Clinic

Neil is the Clinical Lead for the University’s Legal Advice Centre which provides access to free legal advice for the local community provided by trained students. He has established a dementia clinic within the Centre, run in partnership with Making Space, a national charity and leading provider of adult health and social care services. It aims to ensure that people with dementia and their care givers have access to high quality, free legal advice, as well as nursing advice and communication support.

Watch Neil's film.

Highly Commended (staff)

Lenox Green, School of Mathematics

Lenox has been involved in voluntary youth work and with homeless people for over 30 years. He and his wife re-mortgaged their home 13 years ago to set up a community based project, the Rainbow Christian Centre, prioritising families in poverty and the homeless as well as working with young people locally.

Highly Commended (staff)

Dr David Spendlove, Dr Lisa Muragh, Liz Birchnall, Rebecca Phillips, Lousia Dawes, Dr Andrew Howes and Tutors and School Liaison in Initial Teacher Education, Manchester Institute of Education, School of Environment, Education and Development

For over 150 years Initial Teacher Education has been central to providing inspiring teachers for local schools who aim to tackle disadvantage. The partnership extends to hundreds of schools, thousands of mentors, supplying thousands of teachers who will have inspired millions of children.

Winner (student)

Chijioke Anosike, Development Studies and Politics, School of Social Science

CAN/ The Big Change

CJ has volunteered to help communities for the last three years. As a member of CAN, the Community Awareness Network, he worked with the community to make a short film in association with ITV about homelessness. More recently CJ has been involved in The Big Change campaign. He has facilitated focus groups and helped to make a short promotional film, working with charities such as Coffee4Craig. He set up The Big Change Society and he now organises fundraisers and Big Change ambassador training for other societies.

Highly Commended (student)

Joanna Melville, Caitlin Astbury, Daisy Manning, Phillip Cowman, Kate Uprichard and Sally Robinson, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Sexpression Manchester

Sexpression Manchester is entirely run by students. It aims to empower young people to make informed decisions about their bodies and lives. They provide inclusive sex and relationship education in local schools, STD testing on campus and run an annual sexual health week.

Highly Commended (student)

Simren Singh, School of Law

Simren advocates for a range of people. He provides support to young people with autism and provides legal support to people with learning disabilities. He also provides free legal advice to the public through the Legal Advice Centre. Recently, as President of the Student Law and Advocacy Mooting Society, students are benefitting from his leadership.

Highly Commended (student)

Wenling Ding, School of Arts, Languages and Culture

Proud of her Chinese ethnicity, Wenling has actively promoted engagement between British and Chinese cultures. She started a book donation programme for underprivileged mountain villagers in China. She also artistically inspired people in Manchester in “Bus Stop” at the Palaver Festival, spreading awareness of and critical thought on the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

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