Manchester Social Responsibility

Making a Difference Awards 2021 – annual awards open for entries

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Due to popular demand, we are extending the deadline for our Making a Difference Awards entries.

The new closing date is midnight on 24 January. We hope this extension will help anyone struggling to meet the deadline due to the current challenging times.


This year has seen University life challenged in ways previously unthinkable. The impact of Covid-19 continues to reverberate, yet in face of this our students are achieving remarkable things. Now is your opportunity to tell us about them…

Enter or nominate now for a Making a Difference Award!

Students! Our annual Making a Difference Awards are back open for entries and ready to celebrate even more of your outstanding achievements during these challenging times. The nine award categories acknowledge the difference our students, staff, alumni and external partners are making in their communities and beyond, covering many different types of social responsibility projects and activities. 

If you or someone you know has made a difference enter now, the deadline for entries is 18 January 2021.

Last year’s winners include a student led initiative making zero waste living affordable and accessible to all; students developing community organisations and an online platform to promote safe spaces to discuss mental health among Zimbabwean youth; creating conservation clubs to teach refugees and asylum seekers English; pharmacy undergraduates working to close the enrolment and attainment gap between black and white students and many more.

Take a look at our previous winners and highly commended recipients over the past six years to see how receiving a Making a Difference Award has given them a boost to continue tackling issues they feel passionate about, shone a spotlight on the impact of their work and inspired further funding opportunities.

All shortlisted nominees will be invited to a high-profile awards ceremony in May 2021 to receive their Award and celebrate their commitment and dedication. The ceremony offers a platform for entrants to raise awareness of their work and celebrate their impressive achievements.

Nalin Thakkar, Vice-President for Social Responsibility said “It’s incredible how many of our students are making a huge difference to the lives of others, especially in such difficult times. Through the Making a Difference Awards, we want to recognise and celebrate all their hard work.”

“I would encourage anyone who is making a positive contribution to society to enter our Awards and take the opportunity to highlight the significant impact their work is having, and provide them with a platform to showcase their hard work and commitment. I would also encourage people to nominate anyone who they feel is making a real difference to the lives of others”

Important Information:

  • Deadline for entries is 18 January 2021.
  • Students, staff, alumni and external partners can apply or nominate.
  • Candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by a third party.
  • Entries can be submitted through the social responsibility website.
  • Individuals and teams can enter. 

For further information see the Award’s website or contact the Office for Social Responsibility at:  socialresponsibility@manchester.ac.uk

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