SEED student success at the University’s Volunteer of the Year Awards 2024

The University Volunteer of the Year Awards ceremony took place in the University’s Whitworth Hall on Tuesday, 7 May 2024, with students from the School of Environment, Education and Development taking home a 2nd place award, one highly commended award and two commendations, and a number of Students’ Union groups were also recognised.

The annual event celebrates undergraduate and postgraduate student volunteers at The University of Manchester for their skills, commitment and tens of thousands of volunteer hours given either here in Manchester, or nationally or internationally.

A judging panel of staff and partners from community organisations considered nominations for students who volunteer in the wider community, students who volunteer to support other students and student groups.

Thanks go to all’our students who continue to make a difference through their volunteering activity, with congratulations to our award recipients:

Award category: Students supporting other students

  • Natalie Flinn - 2nd place. As President of UoM Tennis, Natalie has expanded inclusion, participation and community outreach through pioneering new offerings like paddel tennis and pickleball. She has also used their sport as a basis for a number of charity events, mobilising and motivating their members around meaningful causes.
  • Anna Thulbeck - highly commended. Anna led the team who ran the School’s two-day PGR conference, she also organised an alumni event to support discussions on career options and lobbied for better support for overseas fieldwork.
  • Rory Oscar Robinson - commended. Rory is President of The University of Manchester Sailing Club and has worked hard behind the scenes to rebuild the club post-pandemic, building a more integrated club that everyone feels part of.

Award category: Students supporting the wider community

  • Luman Zhou - commended. Luman supports the organisation, Eastern Blossoms Manchester, to provide networking opportunities to students and professionals, provide support for international students to adapt to British culture, and to share Asian culture.


Additionally, the awards recognise student groups that are making a difference through volunteering, which are open to any University of Manchester students, this year’s top awards went to The Chilean Society (1st place), The First Language Project (2nd place), and Student Angels (3rd place). You can find out more about Student Groups and Societies on the Students’ Union website.

Videos on the 2024 winners can be found on the Volunteer of the Year web page .