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Celebrating how we make a difference

08 May 2015

University holds inaugural Social Responsibility Awards

Social Responsibility Awards 2015

Last night (Thursday 7 May) saw the University’s first ever Making a Difference Awards for Social Responsibility take place in The Whitworth Hall.

The Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of staff, students and alumni, and celebrate how they are all making a difference.

Winners received their awards from Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell in 11 different categories; such as Outstanding Contribution to Community Collaboration, Outstanding Contribution to Equality and Diversity and Outstanding Benefit to Society through Research, with all winners highlighting the significant difference they are making to the social, economic, cultural and environmental wellbeing of our communities and wider society.

There was a huge amount of interest in this initiative with the Awards receiving over 100 entries, making the judge’s job very difficult. In addition to the 14 winners, over 25 projects received the accolade of Highly Commended and Special Awards were given to Professor Aneez Esmail from the Institute of Population Health, for his outstanding contribution to equality and diversity and Andrew Gray from The Manchester Museum, for his outstanding contribution to public engagement and environmental sustainability.

Professor James Thompson, Associate Vice President for Social Responsibility, said: “The Awards event was a wonderful opportunity to recognise some of the inspiring activities in which staff, students and alumni of the University are involved. It was the perfect platform to share some of the best social responsibility stories, raise the profile of dozens of University and community initiatives and in doing so contribute further to their impact.”

For details of all the winners and highly commended entries, visit: