Making a Difference Awards 2021 open for entries


This year, university life has presented challenges that might have previously been unthinkable. The impact of COVID-19 continues to reverberate, yet in face of this, our staff, students, alumni and external partners have pulled together and achieved remarkable things. Now is the chance to make these things known.

Enter or nominate now for a Making a Difference Award!

In what has been an unprecedented year, The University of Manchester’s annual Making a Difference Awards are back and open for entries in order to celebrate the achievements of the institution’s people. The nine award categories acknowledge the differences people are making in their communities and beyond, covering many different types of social responsibility projects and activities. 

Those who wish to nominate an individual or team who has made a difference can enter now. The deadline for entries is 18 January 2021.

Last year’s winners include projects engaging farmers in South East Asia with bioenergy development to improve agricultural livelihoods; creating conservation clubs to teach refugees and asylum seekers English; helping increase survival rates among children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia; pharmacy undergraduates working to close the enrolment and attainment gap between black and white students, and many more.

Take a look at previous winners and highly commended recipients over the past six years to see how receiving a Making a Difference Award boosted their work, tackling issues they feel passionate about, and shone a spotlight on the impact of their work, inspiring further funding opportunities.

All shortlisted nominees will be invited to a high-profile awards ceremony in May 2021 to receive their award and celebrate their commitment and dedication. The ceremony offers a platform for entrants to raise awareness of their work and celebrate their impressive achievements.

Professor Nalin Thakkar, Vice-President for Social Responsibility said: “It’s incredible how many of our staff, students and alumni are pulling together, showing resilience and making a huge difference to the lives of others in such difficult times. Through the Making a Difference Awards, we want to recognise and celebrate all their hard work.”

“I would encourage anyone who is making a positive contribution to society to enter our Awards and take the opportunity to highlight the significant impact their work is having, and provide them with a platform to showcase their hard work and commitment. I would also encourage people to nominate colleagues and students who they feel are making a real difference to the lives of others.”

Important Information:

For further information see the Awards website or contact the Office for Social Responsibility at: socialresponsibility@manchester.ac.uk