Volunteer of the Year awards

Many of our students are involved in a wide range of activities alongside their studies. Some of these are celebrated at the annual University Volunteer of the Year awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate volunteering taking place across the University with projects locally, nationally and internationally including in Pakistan, Philippines, Armenia, USA and Zimbabwe. The volunteering is wide-ranging including within health, with children and vulnerable adults, and community cohesion projects.

Students from schools from all Faculties are recognised at the awards for projects including:

  • The creation of a new charity to help orphaned children in Romania
  • Running outreach sports sessions in local communities in Moss Side and Levenshulme
  • Trialling a new project to support a shelter to support men transitioning between the streets and their own accommodation

As well as student projects, staff and alumni volunteers are also commended for their volunteering over the past year.

Student Volunteer of the Year 2019

Isla Atay, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Isla led a pioneering Gareth Malone-style choir on behalf of the Leonard Cheshire charity bringing together young and older members of the community, people with traumatic brain injuries, hearting and visual impairments, behavioural difficulties, autism, Asperger’s and learning difficulties.