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November 2015

Humanities students win Martin Harris Prize for Cultural Engagement

(29 October 2015)

Two students from the Faculty of Humanities have been awarded the 2015 Martin Harris Prize for Cultural Engagement for their contribution to activities which have facilitated the engagement of communities outside the University in the cultural life of The University of Manchester.

This year’s prizes were awarded to Catherine Belcher, Drama and English, and Elizabeth Gibson, Integrated Professional Masters in Languages: French and Spanish.

Catherine Belcher made links between performance at the University and local fringe theatre makers. She produced a show with her theatre company, ‘JustTalk Theatre’, at The Kings Arms in Salford that used a mix of current students, graduates and local actors. Building from this achievement, she is planning a series of events in the Northern Quarter which aim to raise money for charity.

Elizabeth Gibson was a French Peer Mentor and helped to organise various cultural events linking the University and the community; she was a volunteer with Multilingual Manchester, going out in the local community to make a film about the different languages spoken in Manchester. She also joined the Adopt-a-Class scheme and was assigned a year nine class at Bellerive College, Liverpool, visiting the school and speaking to the pupils about her path to studying languages. Elizabeth also worked as a Digital Reporter for the Manchester Literature Festival in 2012 and 2013 and a Young Curator at HOME (formerly Cornerhouse).