Double Success for the School Governors Initiative

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

We are delighted that the University’s School Governor Initiative (UMSGI), one of the Social Responsibility key signature programmes has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This award acknowledges the enormous growth in the number of school governors that has been created at the University over the past 5 years, the dedication and contribution made by members of University staff and the work that has been done to support governors in their role, such as the establishment of a staff network and an annual conference.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The Awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Governors contribute their skills, experience and very importantly, their time, free of charge to support schools and colleges with their leadership and strategic direction to help improve school performance and pupil progress. We are delighted that this has been recognised with such an accolade.

The University’s School Governor Initiative will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester on 4 July at a local celebration event. Representatives from UMSGI will receive the award.

Business in the Community Award

UMSGI has also been re-accredited with a Business in the Community Education Award. Initially awarded in 2014, UMSGI has continued to demonstrate growing numbers of school governors from within both its staff and alumni community .The award also recognises the continued support offered to governors from within the University. UMSGI has now retained its ‘Big Tick’ status with the BITC for 2 years running.

Anyone interested in becoming a school governor or finding our more about UMSGI should contact Alison Gregory.