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Student cancer awareness project scoops up prestigious Making a Difference award

12 May 2017

James Adams, Making a Difference Awards winner

James Adams and his crowdfunded project CATS, supported by donors, won a top prize at last night’s Making a Difference Awards.

The Making a Difference Awards are an annual awards ceremony at The University of Manchester which recognises the outstanding achievements of staff, students, alumni and external partners and celebrates how they are making a difference.

The ceremony, which took place in the grand Whitworth Hall on campus, awarded prizes in ten categories, including outstanding teaching innovation, outstanding public engagement, and outstanding contribution to environmental sustainability.

There was one winner in each category, with a number of other projects receiving a ‘highly commended’ prize. The winners were awarded their trophies by the University’s Chancellor Lemn Sissay during the ceremony last night.

CATS (Cancer Awareness in Teenagers and young people Society), beat off some impressive competition to take home the top prize in the outstanding public engagement category.

The project looks at promoting awareness and early diagnosis of cancer in young people. It aims to empower students across the UK to be aware of their bodies and seek medical attention if they notice any changes.

Last year, CATS became one of the first successful projects to be supported through the University crowdfunding platform. James managed to raise over £10,000 on the platform from donors to help fund a research project looking at the impact of the CATS awareness campaign.

The crowdfunding platform is a tool for staff and student-led projects which have a positive impact on campus or on society to raise funds from alumni and friends. The platform has supported a wide range of projects, from helping student societies take part in national competitions to funding for international research and volunteering.