SoSS 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 Social Sciences received two wins and two highly commended awards, a testament to the school’s dedication to social responsibility.

Congratulations go to all those involved.

Outstanding public engagement initiative - Winner

Tess Hartland (PhD candidate in Sociology) nominated by Tine Buffel , for her co-produced "Echoes of Displacement".

’Echoes of Displacement’ is a captivating comic book narrating the collective story of people growing older while seeking sanctuary in the UK. Created collaboratively with participants and refugee charities, the comic is widely used by organisations to raise awareness about refugee experiences.

Outstanding public engagement initiative - Highly Commended

Claire McGourlay , Suzanne Gower and the Students for their ’Justice Gap Student Reporter Scheme’.

For the Justice Gap Reporter Scheme, students and staff from Manchester, Cardiff, UCL and Glasgow universities write articles about the law and justice informing the public about law and justice as it relates to them, covering lesser-known parts of the justice system which is often not covered in mainstream media.

Outstanding contribution to social and environmental impact through entrepreneurship - Winner

Helen Holmes nominated by Mat Paterson , for her ’One Bin to Rule Them All’.

’One Bin To Rule Them All’ is an innovative, interdisciplinary project which enables a sustainable circular plastics economy by using behavioural understanding and new economic models to reshape recycling practices. From mapping household contamination to influencing UN Plastics Treaty negotiations, the team enables improved recycling outcomes across supply chains.

Outstanding contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion - Highly Commended

Jackie Carter and GM4Women2028 Charity and Helen Pankurst for ’Dialogue, Deeds and Determination: Diversifying and strengthening voices, dialogue and connections of Women and Girls to powerholders in Greater Manchester’.

GM4Women2028 is a charity aiming to improve the lives of women and girls in Greater Manchester. The Dialogue, Deeds and Determination (DDD) project is engaging with policy-makers, politicians and the public and holding to account elected representatives. Together they are committing to data-driven action to tackle gender inequality in GM.

Find out more about the Making a Difference awards on our Social Responsibility website.