Celebrating community action

Every year the University celebrates through the Volunteer of the Year Awards the actions of staff, students and alumni who give their time and commitment to communities locally, national and internationally.

Previous nominees have taken on a wide range of role to support vulnerable members of the community both in the UK and overseas, including support to the homeless, the elderly, those in crisis and those living in poverty. They have done this through mobilising local communities, raising vital funds and providing one to one support.

Nominations are now open for the 2014 awards with 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 – to any current staff member of the University.
  • Alumni of the Year – 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 cheque, made out to the organisation that they support: £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 Social Responsibility Award, one of the President’s Distinguished Achievement Awards.

For more information and to make a nomination go to: www.manchester.ac.uk/volunteeroftheyear

To inspire you, information on the 2013 winners, and winners from previous years, can also be found on these pages.

The deadline for nominations is 21 March 2014.

The Awards are organised by the Student Development & Community Engagement Division, which is part of the Directorate for the Student Experience.