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Making a Difference Awards feature

(13 April 2017)

The Making a Difference Awards recognise and celebrate the many different types of social responsibility achievements of the University’s academic and professional support staff, students and alumni. 

This year over 130 entries from across the University were submitted, and 15 Humanities entries were shortlisted, nine related to work carried out by staff and six related to students. The winners of the awards will be announced in a ceremony on the 11 May 2017. 

Over the next few weeks we will introduce you to the great work being carried out by Humanities colleagues that has earned them a shortlisted nomination for these awards, starting with the category of ‘Outstanding Contribution to Widening Participation’. 

Archaeology in the Classroom

Dr Melanie Giles, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

For years the National Curriculum has focused on modern history, neglecting the contribution of past societies to shaping our current world. Dr Melanie Giles has developed a series of local, regional and national initiatives to provide primary school teachers with in-school workshops, hands-on teaching collections and web-based resources to introduce children to Britain’s heritage, from its earliest inhabitation to the Roman invasion. 

Melanie’s efforts have put Prehistory firmly on the map again: showing vision to move from local outreach to create a national, lasting legacy with which to inspire future generations about their ancient past.


The Creative Entrepreneurial Programme, In Place of War

Ruth Daniel and Teresa Bean, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

During a research trip to Medellín, Colombia, Ruth Daniel and Teresa Bean came up with the idea of developing an education programme for young people who have limited access to formal education due to conflict. The ground-breaking Creative Entrepreneurial Programme was developed, consisting of over 800 resources, certified by The University of Manchester and delivered to the world’s least-advantaged communities for free, with the ambition of helping upskill local creative people so they can build and influence their own futures. 

The project emerged during In Place of War’s (IPOW) research into the relationship between arts and conflict. IPOW has now trained 40 local trainers in this programme, enabling over 200 participants across 13 countries to access the programme and obtain certificates of participation from The University of Manchester. 

To see details of everyone nominated in the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Widening Participation’ category please visit the Social Responsibility webpages.