Volunteer awards 2019

by | May 9, 2019 | News and events | 0 comments

Last week we attended the University of Manchester and the Manchester Student Union Volunteers of the Year Awards 2019. An award ceremony to celebrate all the wonderful work our staff, students and alumni do in the community. . We were delighted so many of the winners were from SALC! 

Isla Atay – BA (Hons) Music Student –  1st Place winner of the Volunteer Award 2019 for her work in the Christmas Choir. 

 “I am so grateful and humbled by this award, it was so unexpected! Thank you to Leonard Cheshire and Amy Bradley especially for making this project possible.”






India Burgess – BA (Hons) History Student – Student group of the year for her part in the team ‘Once a Month’ who provide free sanitary product to ladies who need them.

 “It feels like a great achievement to win the highly commended student of the year award, and first place for the student group of the year award (with Once a Month – a project I founded with my peer Gabriella Hartfield), as it’s really important to be reminded that the work you’re doing is helping, is appreciated, and to encourage more people to get involved with voluntary projects!”

Grace Collier – BA (Hons) Politics and Modern History – 3rd Place winner of the Volunteer Award 2019 

Isabella Rooke-Ley – MA (Gender, Sexually and Culture)  – part of Manchester Sexpression. Event Manager for sex week, educate students about sex, relationships, the female body. Also visiting secondary schools around the Greater Manchester area and teaching them about sex education, which she does a part of a team through the year. Organising different events for sex week (11 Feb- 17th Feb) which is an annual event too. 

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Congratulations to all winners and nominees the work you do the community really does make a difference and we are extremely proud of you!

Nominations for the 2020 awards will open in January 2020!




Volunteering is defined as Any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims primarily to benefit the environment or someone (individuals or groups) other than close relatives.

The event was attended by senior staff, community partners, nominees and their family and friends.

 Awards were given in four categories:

  • Student of the Year (individual) – open to any current undergraduate or postgraduate of The University of Manchester. This award is in association with the University of Manchester Students’ Union.
  • Student Group of the Year (group) – open to any group of current students who volunteer together.
  • The staff of the Year – open to any current staff member of the University.
  • Alumni of the Year – open to any graduate of The University of Manchester (including Victoria University and UMIST).

 The winners supported a range of causes including adults with disabilities, the homeless and international development. The overall winners received a cash prize for their organisation: £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 received the University’s prestigious Medal for Social Responsibility.

The Awards are organised by the Teaching, learning and Student Development Division, which is part of the Directorate for the Student Experience.