Volunteering Awards 2018

We love our volunteers. So much that we hold an awards ceremony each year to thank all of the amazing individuals who go out of their way to improve The Union, University and wider community.

 

This year's event on Thursday 17 May will celebrate the fantastic work of all of our volunteers, as well as recognising twelve individuals who have gone above and beyond expectations. This year also sees the introduction of the new Outstanding Campaigner award, which celebrates those who have created, developed and delivered a student campaign which has had a positive impact on the student and wider community.

Find out more about this year’s outstanding volunteers and their achievements.

 

 

 

Emma Beard

Course Rep, Business and Law

Emma is enthusiastic in her role, striving to ensure that students are represented at the University, and ensure their voices are heard and considered. She has been pro-active and shown great initiative, expanding her role by in getting involved in projects within her Faculty. Emma has created her own events in the Faculty to provide inclusive opportunities for course reps.

 

 

Harriet Bell

Sports Volunteering Ambassador

Harriet is passionate and driven. She has thrown herself into a number of opportunities across MMU Sport as well as being part of the Mountaineering Club and a Sports Volunteering Ambassador. She has been heavily involved with the ‘This MMU Girl Can’ campaign, ‘Zone out week’ and is now working on her own campaign about positive body image.  Her enthusiasm and active engagement with students has set the foundations for a campaign to break down barriers to participation, so that anyone can feel the many benefits of sports. In her role as Sport Volunteering Ambassador, Harriet has actively promoted inclusivity and accessibility to sport opportunities, through being involved in sport herself and by writing about her own experience.

 

 

Bea Donnerstag

Chair of Time to Change, Committee Member of Feminist Society

Bea has been consistently committed to various roles in multiple societies, always striving to put on a diverse range of activities for members. An influential change-maker at MMU, Bea developed a community of students with a passion for mental health awareness and went on to found the Time to Change society. Bea is always engaging with students and is mindful of accessibility and increasing diversity — an attitude and practice we want to see in all student activity.

 

 

Sania Ghaus

Committee Member of Islamic Society

Sania has been instrumental in the success of her society this year. Sania has lead by example and dedicated her time to ensure the society runs smoothly. She has displayed excellent organisation and management skills to provide both regular and large one-off events. With her help and hard work, the Islamic Society have raised a record-breaking charity week total. Sania has empowered and inspired the members of the Islamic Society, shown leadership, and has left a lasting legacy on the society.

 

 

Amber Kerr

Chair of Women’s Football, Chair of the Sports Council

Amber has given a considerable amount of time and energy to both of her roles this year. In her role as Chair of the Sports Council, she has demonstrated strong leadership qualities and worked tirelessly to ensure members’ voices are heard and valued. She has been proactive in raising money for the Sports Ball and volunteering at several events throughout the year, and in doing so, she has encouraged and inspired others to follow in her footsteps. This year the women's football club have been very organised and have engaged brilliantly with The Union — this can be attributed to Ambers' leadership, motivation and communication, in her role as Chair of the Club.

 

 

Jordan Olukanmi

Chairperson of Open Mic and Christian Union

This year Jordan has excelled in his roles with the Christian Union and Open Mic society. He has planned and participated in several events and has consistently put events on throughout the year – they are always enjoyable, inclusive and provide a platform for students to showcase their talents and celebrate the thriving community in the Cheshire Campus. His humble personality makes him approachable and admirable, and his contribution in Cheshire will leave no less than an optimistic legacy.

 

 

Joash Riley

Treasurer of Basketball, Chairperson of the Cheshire council, Cheshire

Joash has not only contributed greatly to Basketball this academic year, he has also influenced the club in a humble and positive way since he started at Manchester Met. As well as treasurer, he is the Chairperson of the Cheshire council, which comes with great responsibility. He has gone above and beyond to help plan, organise and then participate in multiple events, helping other clubs and utilizing his dual membership. The community spirit of Cheshire thrives in his efforts and enthusiasm.

 

 

Emily Thomas

Charity Officer, Netball Cheshire

Emily has been instrumental in Netball Club in Cheshire this year. Her efforts have resulted in several incredibly successful events. Emily has helped raise over £1000 for CRY this year alone. Emily’s enthusiastic and efficient approach has positively influenced the students in Cheshire — the club’s events create comradery and a community feel on campus. Her positive attitude and great personality are inspirational to all volunteers.

 

 

Russell Townsend

Chair of Football and Sports Volunteering Ambassador

This year Russell has held the roles of Chair of Football and Sports Volunteering Ambassador, and thrown himself whole-heartedly into each.  Throughout the year, he has demonstrated his passion and commitment to not only football but also having an impact within the local community, organising a collection with his team and other clubs for Manchester Central Food Bank. He has led by example and encouraged his fellow club and committee members to get involved in a number of events and campaigns throughout the year. 

 

 

Anna Welsh

Anime Chair, Societies Council Chair

Anna has unbelievable passion for societies. They have made a significant contribution to the development of societies and their wider activity over the last two years. Anna has set and up held high standards for the Societies Council, always striving to make a difference for students. They have acted as a role model for other committee members in their engagement with The Union. Anna has been an outstanding volunteer in societies, especially in their approach to cross-society collaboration in order to create a sense of community and celebration.

 

 

Outstanding Campaigners

 

Andy Harmon

Andy has had a real impact on student life at Manchester Met. He has consistently campaigned for LGBT+ students to have the best experience possible at University and to tackle prejudice — from taking on homophobia and harassment to campaigning for gender-neutral toilets. Andy has developed skills in influencing the University and has shown creativity and leadership in his approach to change making. He has presented on important Committees like Diversity and Equal Opportunities Committee and lobbied the University to install gender-neutral toilets across campus. Andy’s passion, dedication and open-minded approach is a great example to any student who wants to change things in the student community.

 

Oskar Walin

Oskar has been a proactive and inspirational campaigner. He has devised a campaign to raise awareness of reusable cups in the Art School to combat the issue of waste. He has dived into this campaign enthusiastically, efficiently and innovatively. Oskar has contacted and liaised with the University Environmental Team and researched the issue of plastic waste here at MMU — unpicking the issue you are seeking to change is a key element of effective campaigning. This is the start of an ongoing campaign to tackle waste at Manchester Met, and already Oskar has shown he is dedicated to engaging students and making tangible change.