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Nominations open for Making a Difference Awards 2018

(8 December 2017)

Now in their fourth year, our annual Making a Difference Awards for social responsibility are now open to receive entries, with a closing date of 22 January 2018. The awards recognise and celebrate the many different types of social responsibility achievements of University staff, students, alumni and partners in our local communities.

Supporting young people who have limited access to a formal education due to conflict and poverty; developing a new approach to improve autism symptoms and behaviour in pre-school children and raising awareness of homelessness in Manchester are just a few of the previous activities that have  won a Making a Difference Award. 

The awards cover a wide range of contributions to the University’s social responsibility strategy, with categories including sustainability, community and public engagement, widening participation, social enterprise, responsible processes and equality and diversity. 

Previous winners and highly commended recipients state how receiving a Making a Difference Award has helped raise awareness of the projects they are so passionate about and highlighted the impact of their work, as well as providing well-deserved recognition. You can also find out about the shortlisted Humanities entries from 2017 on the Social Responsibility HumNet page. 

The awards will culminate in a high profile awards ceremony, hosted by the President and Vice-Chancellor in May 2018. This event raises awareness of the many ways individuals and teams across the University make a real difference to the social and environmental wellbeing of our communities and wider society.

James Thompson, Vice-President for Social Responsibility, said: “I would encourage anyone who is making a positive contribution to society to enter our Making a Difference Awards for social responsibility. The Awards will highlight the significant impact your work is having on society and provide a platform to showcase the commitment of our staff, students, alumni and external partners.”

Important Information:

  • The deadline for entries is 22 January 2018
  • Candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by a third party
  • Individuals and teams can enter
  • Visit the social responsibility website to enter
  • Print entry forms are available from the Office for Social Responsibility, 186 Waterloo Place, Oxford Road or by calling 0161 306 3044.

To find out more:

  • Contact the Office for Social Responsibility, 186 Waterloo Place, Oxford Road or call 0161 306 3044.