Volunteering Awards 2017 winners

Find out more about last year's outstanding volunteers and their achievements.


Ellie Algieri

Chair of Dance Club, Manchester

Ellie has been one of the most dedicated club committee members this year. She has been actively involved in the club throughout her time at MMU, and this year has taken the role of chair to another level. She has been pivotal in organising many events this year, including the outstanding ‘MMU’s Got Talent’, which raised an incredible £1716.39 for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity. She’s also volunteered more of her time at the hospital itself. She continuously adds new opportunities for her members and demonstrates how passionate she is about being a club volunteer.


Elliot Miller 

Course Rep for Music, Cheshire

Elliot is an exceptional Course Rep. He has an evident commitment to supporting other students, and in University meetings, he always raises issues in a well thought-out way. He is approachable and clearly cares about other students, being able to deal with the most sensitive of issues. He has made some excellent changes for Music students in Cheshire, often for people on different courses.


Lydia Foord

Academic Events Co-ordinator, Speech Language and Communication Society

Lydia is held in very high regard by fellow members of Speech Soc, and has organised an incredible programme of activities for the society this year. With a focus on the professional development of members, Lydia has organised some inspiring and thought-provoking events this year, including a prestigious talk from Martin Pistorius – author of the book “Ghost Child”, who had ‘Locked in Syndrome’ as a child.


Amber Lewis

Chair of Hive Radio Society, Manchester

This year, Amber has overseen a marked change in the operation of Hive within The Union. She has continually engaged in wider Union activity, and has been instrumental in getting Hive more involved in Union life. She has supported her members to develop new shows and has provided opportunities for students to develop new skills and confidence. Amber has been a fun, committed, creative and involved chairperson, and has overseen many new strands of activity. This year has seen the development of a dedicated sports programming which covers club activity, and DJ sets at some of the Union’s biggest events.


Lucie Brown

Chair of Netball Club, Cheshire

Lucie has been an excellent Netball chair this year, and the club has been more active than ever before. They have run multiple events to raise money for a variety of charities. Fundraisers have included a 12 hour Netball event for Cancer Research, the amazing ‘Strictly’ event which raised £400 for Alzheimer’s Society, and a charity bake sale for the British Heart Foundation. In addition, Lucie independently planned and co-ordinated a visit from local high school pupils to campus. She worked in collaboration with ESS and Contemporary Arts to provide a programme of activities to give the pupils a snapshot of University life.


Tom Jones

Chair of Golf Club, Manchester

Tom was the founder of the golf club two years ago. It started with one team and no training, and has now expanded to three teams, including a local club membership offer, dedicated training and a group of great student volunteers and competitors. Tom has been the clear driving force behind all of the club’s achievements – without him, there would be no committee, no club and no golf. A true asset to MMU Sport.


James Carr

Chair of Boxing Club, Manchester

James has been instrumental in the growth and development of the Boxing club this year, and has brought an almost non-existent club back to life. Their Wednesday afternoon sessions are now full and very popular with students. James has committed a lot of time to the club, and coaches students every week voluntarily. He leads the club with obvious passion. He has helped make the club far more accessible to students, moving their training from a private gym, which could be an intimidating space, into the Union. This had led to far more students getting involved.


Mohanad Metwally

Publicity officer Islamic Society, Faith Belief and Culture rep Manchester Societies Subgroup Committee, Course Rep for Law

Mo has been a critical part of the Societies’ Subgroup committee this year, providing direct support to numerous new and developing societies. He has organised some incredible work between societies, including a collaborative events between the Islamic Society and Christian Union this year as part of Interfaith Week. In his role as Publicity officer for the Islamic Society, Mo has really contributed to the success of their busy programme of activities, including producing videos for some of their most important events. Mo is also a course rep for the Law society, and has worked to bring feedback from students directly to staff.


Ali Dixon

Chair of Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Manchester

Ali has given considerable time and energy this year to ensuring the success of the Manchester Universities’ Gilbert and Sullivan Society performance of the Pirates of Penzance. This is the first large theatrical performance to take place in the new Union building in Manchester and the first time the society has ever performed in an MMU venue. Ali has acted as a perfect liaison between the Union and the large committee and show team, ensuring everything was organised, risk assessed and that all parties were kept up to date. Her keen eye for detail and constant updates were a key factor in the show’s success – with their busiest ever opening night. While her role has always been a backstage one, Ali’s dedication to giving other people a spotlight has made her a volunteering star.


Amy Saunders

Chair of Cheerleading Club, Manchester

Amy has been instrumental in the progression of the Cheerleading club. Her dedication is evident, having logged 120 hours of volunteering in just one year. She has been involved in so many projects and is always offering her assistance to other club events. At this year’s Fight Night, Amy played a big role behind the scenes organising Cheer’s participation. She has immense passion and dedication for her club, and is always encouraging and supportive of her members as well as students and activities from right across Sport.


Sarah Fox

Course Rep for PGR, Manchester

Sarah is one of those students who is involved in everything and does an outstanding job. She sits on the research degrees committee, and has set up social media for students to organise social events and confidentially raise issues with staff. She is also working towards her PhD and is trustee of a charity – so is clearly filling her time with incredible work. Students frequently recognise Sarah as a key figure and a source of support.


Adam Kealey

Chair of Debating Society, Treasurer of Conservative Society, Political and Campaigning Rep, Manchester Societies Subgroup Committee

Adam has been a very active member of Societies this year, with a number of different roles and responsibilities including on the societies subgroup committee. He took the lead on a very successful Greater Manchester Mayoral Debate – hurricane Doris prevented him from being there on the night, but without his committed planning and organisation, the event wouldn’t have happened at all. Adam has also organised some great activities for the Debating society including a trip to the European Parliament. He takes his roles seriously, and has made a real contribution to the development of societies across the campus this year.


Amanda Doherty

Treasurer of Badminton Club, Badminton Women’s Captain, Vice Chair of Rounders Club, Chair of Manchester Sports Council

Amanda has been a credit to multiple sports teams throughout her time at MMU. She was heavily involved in Badminton as Treasurer and women’s team captain, where she led the club to competitive success. She has also played a pivotal role in shaping the Rounders club as vice chair. She has introduced and organised matches with other institutions – the first time they have ever competed and leading on to a University league, which has involved significant work. Her passion for helping and improving student experiences also shines through her commitment to the Sport Council as chair. She has always been there for support other clubs, and is someone who has given her heart to MMU.