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Our Community Volunteer of the Year award recognises the sustained commitment   and outstanding enthusiasm of a volunteer who is not a student, staff or alumnus.  They will have gone above and beyond their expected role and will be an inspiration in their dedication to their contributions to the university.

Community Volunteer of the Year - Individual

Paul Corcoran

Paul Corcoran

Paul has provided an outstanding contribution to the university through his involvement with the Social Impact Game (SIG), an award-winning Nottingham Advantage Award module that enables student teams to work with external partners on projects that create a social impact.

Paul is passionate about education and throughout our fruitful collaboration with him, he has been a committed partner for the SIG (sustained over two years), always putting his full energy and enthusiasm into his interactions.

He has a 100% attendance record and never fails to show up smiling. This monumental volunteering effort has occurred whilst Paul has been launching a new business venture, which takes up a huge amount of time. Nonetheless, he has put the needs of his student team first.



Community Volunteer of the Year - Group

Val Leyland and Maureen Godfrey

Val Leyland and Maureen Godfrey - PROTECT-CH Trial

The PROTECT-CH Trial is the largest ever trial conducted in care homes and aims to find treatments that can prevent or reduce the spread and impact of Covid-19 in care homes.

Maureen and Val meet as part of the PROTECT-CH PPI Group at least once a week, sometimes more often, to create, review, and approve materials for care home residents and their relatives. Outside of these meetings Maureen and Val review additional materials, provide advice, and suggest new ideas for care home resident engagement.

The time Maureen and Val have already given to the PROTECT-CH PPI Group is above and beyond what is expected, regardless, they continue to give their time along with their expertise, enthusiasm, and care every week.




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