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Celebrating Community Action – Volunteer of the Year Awards now open!

Every year the University celebrates the actions of staff, students and alumni who give their time and commitment to communities locally, national and internationally through the Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Previous nominees have taken on a wide range of roles to support vulnerable members of the community both in the UK and overseas, including support to the homeless, the elderly, those in crisis and those living in poverty. They have done this through mobilising local communities, raising vital funds and providing one to one support.

Nominations are now open for the 2017 awards with three categories:

  • Student of the Year – open to any current undergraduate or postgraduate of the University of Manchester. This award is in association with University of Manchester Students’ Union.
  • Staff of the Year – open to any current staff member of the University.
  • Alumni of the Year – open to any graduate of The University of Manchester (including Victoria University and UMIST).

Do you do something to support others or know a student or member of staff at the University who does? If so why not nominate them. The process is easy!

Last year’s staff winner was Kirsty Keywood, an academic in the School of Law. She advocates for the rights of people with learning difficulties and mental health problems in a number of ways including having volunteered as an appropriate adult for Greater Manchester Police and supporting the development of services of the Manchester People First charity.

Each winner receives a financial donation to the organisation that they support: £300 for the overall winner, and £200 and £100 for the 2nd and 3rd place runners up. In addition the overall winner in each category is put forward for the University Social Responsibility Award, one of the President’s Distinguished Achievement Awards.

For more information and to make a nomination go to www.manchester.ac.uk/volunteeroftheyear.

To inspire you, information on all the 2016 winners, and winners from previous years, can also be found on these pages.

The Awards are organised by the Student Development & Community Engagement Division, which is part of the Directorate for the Student Experience.

The deadline for Volunteer of the Year nominations is Sunday 12th March 2017.

Posted by Lindsay Gilbert, Volunteering & Community Engagement Manager, The University of Manchester

Girls Out Loud – seeking role models for girls

Girls Out Loud are running some events in a school in Salford and are seeking successful professional women to help out – from entrepreneurs to NHS professionals, academics, sports women, engineers and techies, trades women, lawyers, accountants, designers, artists, managers, and more.

The events are as follows: 18 Nov, Salford and 23 Jan, Oldham – both these events are Role Model Relays – a 2 hour, fast paced event where a room of 100 girls get to interact with you amazing women in like a speed mentoring structure, all you have to do is talk about your job and how you ended up doing this.

29 Nov in Oldham is a full day event called Discovery Day where again we work with around 100 girls to raise their confidence and self belief. You would facilitate all the activities on a table of 8 girls. We would brief you upfront. Very rewarding day.

If you like to find out more get in touch with Wendy Maycraft – Email: enquiriesformusic@gmail.com  or Tel: 07866 373503 or 07896 529851

Girls Out Loud – Our mission: To empower and inspire teenage girls in the UK and beyond to have confidence, self belief, emotional resilience and a positive self image which, in turn, supports them to think big, embrace risk and reach for the stars.

Call for volunteers for Manchester Science Festival 2013

The Manchester Science Festival is set to take place 24 October – 3 November. You can get involved by becoming a festival volunteer.

The volunteer programme is an exciting opportunity to get behind the scenes of event management and get involved in hands-on, cutting-edge, exciting science events. There are also some great benefits too:

  • Meet like-minded people
  • Enjoy a positive and memorable experienceReceive a full briefing at an event prior to the Festival
  • You’ll get a free MSF T-shirt

Timings: To work helping at events during Manchester Science Festival, 24 October – 3 November 2013. You must commit to a minimum of 4 x 4 hour shifts.

Briefing Session: If you are would like to volunteer for Manchester Science Festival, you need to attend one of our briefing sessions which will take place at MOSI on:

  • Tuesday 24 September, 3pm – 5pm
  • Thursday 26 September, 5pm – 7pm

To sign up to a volunteer briefing session, please complete this online form.

More Details:
You can see the full role description and application details at www.manchestersciencefestival.com/connect/getinvolved/volunteer

If you have any queries, please contact the festival team here.

British Science Association – Volunteer with the x-change

Do you want to run your own event at the British Science Festival? Do you want to get experience in live events, blogging or podcasting? Do you want to meet some of the UK’s top science communicators? Then we want you for the x-change team!

Applications close on 21 July.

This is the perfect opportunity for those with a particular interest in science communication to work on one of the most popular parts of the British Science Festival: the live (and lively) daily round-up of the best bits of the Festival – the x-change!

It’s a great chance to gain experience in producing science communication events and media. You will be involved in the whole production of the event from speaker selection to event management each day. It’s also an excellent opportunity to take part in the UK’s longest-established science festival and have many chances to network with some of the UK’s top science communicators. We will also cover your travel expenses, food and accommodation for the duration of the Festival in exchange for your time and hard work.

What does it take to be an x-change volunteer?

We’re looking for confident, creative and hard-working people with the ability to be proactive and work to tight deadlines. You must be a team player and adaptable to new ideas. A genuine enthusiasm for science communication is essential, as is an interest in podcasting.

The role would suit undergraduates or postgraduates based in the UK who would like to gain more experience in science events or broadcasting. It would particularly suit those doing an MSc in Science Communication or hoping to do so but this is not essential.

The x-change team take part in five intense days of work, starting at 8.30am and ending each day at around 6.00pm. You must also be free for the x-change training day on Wednesday 7th August and you will be required to do some preparation work before the Festival.

As part of the x-change team you would be involved in all aspects of running the event from production and publicity to blog-writing and podcast editing.

If you’ve got any questions about being part of the x-change team, get in touch with the organisers.