SEED recognition at the University’s Making a Difference Awards 2024

The University of Manchester’s 10th Making a Difference Awards ceremony took place on Thursday 9 May in the University’s Whitworth Hall, and live streamed on YouTube.

The Making a Difference Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of our staff, students, alumni and external partners, and celebrate how they are making a difference. The School of Environment, Education and Development is always well represented at the awards, and this year received six wins and one highly commended award. Congratulations go to all those involved.

Outstanding teaching innovation in social responsibility - WINNER

Manchester Institute of Education’s Andy Howes, Sian Morgan, Hannah Strickland, Rai Lock, Anna Warburg and Rosa Archer won with PGCE Secondary Green Conference , their annual exhibition and fair supporting PGCE student teachers in building climate awareness and climate justice into their teaching.

Outstanding public engagement initiative - WINNER

Sarah Marie Hall, Liz Ackerley, Alison Briggs, Laura Fenton and Santiago Leyva del Rio (Geography) and Isis Barei-Guyot (Global Development Institute), won with Building solidarity, collaboration and co-production across academic and third-sector spaces to address poverty and intersecting crises in Manchester , their incredible work co-producing research, supporting community-led research and engagement activities that have worked to reduce poverty among women in Greater Manchester.

Outstanding public engagement initiative - WINNER

Joanne Tippett (Department of Planning, Property and Environmental Management) and the Round View Team won with The Roundview , an incredible and accessible tool for sustainability education that has been widely used throughout the UK, countering climate anxiety with hope, confidence and inspiration.

Outstanding public engagement initiative - STUDENT WINNER

Tess Hartland (PGR co-supervised by the Global Development Institute’s Tanja Bastia) won with Echoes of displacement: A co-produced comic book presenting a collective story of growing older and seeking sanctuary in Manchester.

Outstanding public engagement initiative - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Manchester Institute of Education’s Kirstie Hartwell, Kelly Burgoyne, and Emma Pagnamenta, Vesna Stojanovik and Rebecca Baxter from the University of Reading were highly commended for Working with Families to Co-Create Learning Materials for a Parent-Delivered Early Language Intervention for Children with Down Syndrome

Outstanding benefit to society through research - WINNER

Gindo Tampubolon (Global Development Institute) and the SMARThealth team won with Preventing Cardiovascular Disease and Death using mobile technology in Indonesia (SMARThealth); their life-saving app has saved hundreds of thousands of lives across Indonesia.

Outstanding benefit to society through research - WINNER (emerging impact)

Manchester Institute of Education’s Neil Humphrey and the #BeeWell Team won with #BeeWell, a youth-centred programme that is making the wellbeing of young people everybody’s business.

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