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February 2015

Volunteer of the Year awards

(13 February 2015)

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.

Nominations are now open for the 2015 awards with three categories to choose from:

  • Student of the Year - open to any current undergraduate or postgraduate of The University of Manchester. This award is in association with The 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).

Katherine Phipps, from the School of Social Sciences, was one of last year’s winners. She volunteered on a weekly basis as a reading mentor at Whalley Range High School, working with a class of 11 and 12 year olds who were not reaching their expected literacy targets, often where English was not their first language. Katy also volunteered for Greater Manchester Police as a Special Constable, volunteering over 300 hours to policing the streets of Wythenshawe.

Each winner will receive a cheque, made out to the organisation that they support: £300 for the overall winner, and £200 and £100 for the second and third place runners up. In addition the overall winner in each category will be put forward for the University Social Responsibility Award, one of the President’s Distinguished Achievement Awards.

The deadline for Volunteer of the Year nominations is Friday, 13 March 2015.