Meet the 2015 winners

Outstanding Benefit to Society Through Research

Professor Adisa Azapagic, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science

The team developed easy to use software tools to make carbon calculations over the life cycle of industrial activities - providing 'cradle to grave' carbon footprint estimates for commercial products. It allows companies to reduce their impact on the environment and get new insights on carbon hotspots, at a minimum cost.

Outstanding Public Engagement Award

Simon Stones, Undergraduate Student, Faculty of Life Sciences

Simon works locally, nationally and internationally to represent children and young people coping with the challenges of long-term conditions having lived with several long-term conditions himself. He engages with youngsters to identify their main concerns and shape research and healthcare provision for the future. He is also a representative for the National Institute for Health Research and Arthritis Research UK.

I was delighted to win one of the Making a Difference awards, not just for me, but for all of the people that I have, and continue to work with, in our mission to improve the lives of children and young people with chronic diseases. This award has exposed our collaborative research to a variety of people, who wish to become involved in our work, which is truly amazing!Simon Stones, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Industrial/Professional Experience Undergraduate

Outstanding Public Engagement Award

Dr David Allison, Manchester Pharmacy School

David has raised the profile of science and pharmacy outside the classroom through innovative co-produced community open days. The 'From Bugs to Drugs' events enabled local disadvantaged youngsters and their families to explore the drug development process including antibiotic resistance, through a series of fun, interactive hands-on activities.

Having colleagues believe in you is reward in itself. In the end, however, it's about the work (and whether it makes a difference), not an award you may get for your work.Dr David G. Allison, Reader in Pharmacy Education

Outstanding Aspiring Social Enterprise of the Year

Ruth Daniel, Co-Director, In Place of War,
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.

Ruth created a ground-breaking entrepreneurial programme to empower the world's most marginalised communities by identifying the gap between creativity and the ability to make a living from it. This free educational programme, with case studies from over 40 countries, provides skills, boosts employability and reduces the risk of poverty and substance abuse among disengaged young people

It is amazing getting the recognition from colleagues at The University of Manchester for our endevours with In Place of War. It has given us to confidence to expand and develop our work and since receiving the award we have received over £400,000 of funding. This is such an important milestone for In Place of War and our hugely important international work in communities suffering the consequences of conflict.Ruth Daniel, Co-Director, In Place of War

Outstanding Social Enterprise of the Year

Helen Power, Division of Development and Alumni Relations

Helen delivered and expanded the 'endangered' Levenshulme Market as the
UK's only community interest company market, to improve the retail environment in the beleaguered high street. The profits are now being used to offer community grants to those who want to set up or develop their own businesses and stalls on the family-friendly site.

Outstanding Local Community Collaboration Award

Dr Tine Buffel, School of Social Sciences
Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA)

Tine worked with elderly residents, community organisations and Manchester City Council to identify strategies to improve the 'age-friendliness' of local neighbourhoods. Older co-researchers from different ethnic groups were trained to interview 'difficult to reach' residents, who were experiencing issues such as poverty and social exclusion, about their needs.

The Making a Difference Award is a great acknowledgement of the work that can be done with local communities to co-produce research that can have a positive impact on the quality of life of older people living in the city.Tine Buffel, Research Fellow, School of Social Sciences, Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing [MICRA]

Outstanding Contribution to Widening Participation

Helen Chilton and 
Professor Wendy McCracken Human Communication and Deafness, School of Psychological Sciences

The 'Kids on campus' scheme
allows deaf primary school children to become University of Manchester students for the day while trainee teachers of the deaf teach them. It fosters partnerships with schools and promotes higher education to youngsters often less advantaged in terms of aspirations and under- represented at Russell Group universities.

Winning the Making a Difference Award for Social Responsibility was a surprise! What this means is that the University recognises that inspiring children who are deaf is important if we want a world without barriers.Wendy McCracken, Professor in Deaf Education
I'm proud to work for a university where social responsibility is a key goal. The project is a credit to the students and children who take such an active and central part.Helen Chilton, Lecturer in Deaf Education

Outstanding Contribution to Equality and Diversity Award (student)

Sundas Chohan, Student, Faculty of Life Sciences

Sundas formed an international branch of the Faculty's Postgraduate Society in an attempt to improve the student experience
for international postgraduate students. This encouraged them to take a more active part in University life, tackled issues around language and culture and boosted international recruitment by creating the best possible study environment.

There is always room for improvement and always challenges to face. The award goes to show that any student, if they put their mind to it, can make a difference. I am honoured to receive this prestigious award.Sundas Chohan, Undergraduate Student

Outstanding Professional Support Services for Social Responsibility

Alex Waddington, Communications and Marketing Team, Faculty of Humanities

Project: Alex devised and delivered policy@manchester initiatives, created to improve the real world influence and dissemination of the University's research. Its policy engagement programme led to the development of Manchester Policy Weeks and the first ever staging of a Select Committee evidence session at the University in November 2014.

Winning the award was a special moment in my University career. It not only gave me renewed pride and passion for my work, but it has also helped to boost the profile and reputation on my team and the good work we are doing.Alex Waddington, Editorial and Engagement Manager, Policy@Manchester

Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Sustainability (student)

Gabriele Schliwa, Student, School of Environment, Education and Development

Manchester Cycling Lab has turned the city into a real life laboratory for the study of cycling. It has created connections between the University and transport, cycling and sustainability stakeholders across Manchester and Europe more widely. The University is now a major player in promoting and supporting sustainability mobility.

Having the work of the Manchester Cycling Lab acknowledged through the Making a Difference Award really motivated me to continue working on collaborative research methods and provided a great platform to communicate that my research is not only about the bike, but about social change.Gabriele Schliwa, PhD Researcher in Human Geography

Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Sustainability (staff)

Kevin Casey, Ian Jarvey and the Procurement Team, Directorate of Finance

The team put together an action plan on environmental sustainability that refreshed policies and practices and included reducing supplier deliveries from five days a week to three. It also gave all the University's suppliers the opportunity to develop their own sustainability action plan to help support them on how to make a difference.

Outstanding Curriculum Innovation Award

Shelia Fidler, Human Communication and Deafness, School of Psychological Sciences

Shelia used portrait photography and one-to-one interviews to encourage healthcare science students to engage with those who have become deaf, explore their real life experiences and adopt a person-centred approach. It also stimulated thinking about hearing loss among the wider community and is being developed into an on-line learning resource.

It was a great privilege to receive The Making a Difference Award for the most innovative curriculum. This award is confirmation that forming partnerships to help foster creativity across art and science, to explore the complexities and challenges of living with acquired hearing loss, is recognised as both valuable and original.Sheila Fidler, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Audiology

Outstanding Contribution to Equality and Diversity Award (staff)

Dr Hamied Haroon, The Centre for Imaging Sciences, Institution of Population Health and Melanie Sharpe, IT Services

Hamied and Melanie organised and hosted 'What Are We Hiding???'; the first
ever national conference of the UK's Disabled Workforce. Aimed at combating the prejudices faced by disabled people in the world of work, particularly those with non-visible and mental health problems, it explored 'hidden'; disabilities and the 'hidden'; contribution disabled employees make to the nation's economy.

Dr Hamied Haroon, Research Associate in FMHS and Co-Chair of the University's Disabled Staff Network

Special Award for Sustained Contribution to Public Engagement

Science Spectacular

The team organise the Science Spectacular which celebrates the wonder, diversity and impact of research taking place
at The University of Manchester in one flagship annual event. Run as part of the Manchester Science Festival, it's a place for researchers to showcase activities and try out new ideas and in 2014 it attracted more than 1,700 visitors.