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The University's annual Volunteer Awards celebrate the outstanding contributions our alumni, staff and community volunteers make to the University and the wider world.

It shines a spotlight on the inspiring individuals who contribute their valuable time to a wide variety of projects at the University and now we're looking for your nominations for volunteers who make the extraordinary possible for students and researchers alike.  

We will be revealing this year's award winners to coincide with National Volunteers' Week in June - in the five categories below. 

Volunteer of the Year

To recognise a volunteer who has gone above and beyond the expected role of a volunteer. This award will be awarded to someone who has contributed to the University or the student experience with outstanding enthusiasm and commitment, who has inspired others or who has acted as an ambassador to promote the University and its values. This award can be given to alumni or non-alumni volunteers.


Community Volunteer of the Year (individual or group)

To recognise 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. 


Exceptional Contribution

To recognise a volunteer who has gone above and beyond during the Covid-19 pandemic to help the University community; including student experience, research and wider activity. This award can be given to alumni or non-alumni volunteers.


Volunteer Co-ordinator of the Year (One per Faculty and one for Professional Services)

To recognise members of staff or student who manage volunteering activities for their school, department or Faculty and are supported by the central Volunteering and Advocacy Team. This individual allows the volunteers to have the best possible volunteering experience with UoN. These awards will be finalised by the Volunteering and Advocacy Team.


Longstanding Volunteer Award

This award will recognise individuals who have shown sustained and substantial commitment to the University for a period of at least four years. We would expect that more than one person will be eligible for this award. We will be looking to celebrate the Longstanding Volunteers in person following the end of the pandemic. 



Meet our previous winners:

2019 winners

Our 2019 Volunteer Awards winners

Alumni volunteer of the Year: Emily Seto (Clinical Microbiology, 2016)

University of Nottingham Volunteers of the Year: Martin Austin and Steven Hadfield

Community Volunteers of the Year Group Award: The Music and Memories Choir

Community Volunteer of the Year: Valentine Nkoyo

Special Recognition Award: Emily Smith

Longstanding Volunteer Awards:

  • Yasmin Ali (Chemical Engineering, 2010)
  • Ed Tarlton (Psychology, 2011)
  • Aymun Khan (Mechanical Engineering, 2019)
  • Jenny Ireland
  • Jan Perrett MBE
  • Jo Horsey
  • Friends for Impact
  • David Waldram

Volunteer Co-ordinator of the Year: Martha Jones

2018 winners

Volunteer award winners 2018

University of Nottingham Volunteer of the Year: Natalie Hayden-Yeung (Law, 2012)

Alumni Volunteer of the Year: Hugh Jaques (Chemistry, 2000)

Exceptional Contribution Award: Lisa Johnson

Community Volunteer of the Year: John Charles-Jones

Longstanding Volunteer Award:

2017 winners

UK Alumni Volunteer of the Year:  Dr Amy Prosser – Careers Volunteer 

International Alumni Volunteer of the Year: Jingyi Fu

University of Nottingham Volunteer of the Year, Community Volunteer of the Year and Longstanding Volunteer: Emeritus Professor David Brailsford – School of Computer Science Volunteer and founder of Computerphile

Exceptional Contribution Award: Paul Barrett and Steve Wright – Lifecycle Superheroes 

Longstanding Volunteer Award:  

  • Kate Hodgett and Maureen Godfrey – Patient Participation in Research Volunteers (Dementia)
  • Shirley Priest, Jim Priest, Louise Clarke, Dr Alaa Alrawaibah – Lakeside Museum Volunteers
  • Andy Boston – Guest Speaker (School of Mathematics)
  • Christine Humfrey and Keith Redfern – Cascade Panel Volunteers
  • Colin Jones, Janet Jones, David Henson, David Pinney, Janet Kemp, Mary Chivers, Pam Brown – Friends of University Park
  • Daniel Slater – Founder of Futsal Society
  • David Pearson – Summer School Volunteer
  • Candy Wright, Dominic Chan, Aster Lee, Albert Poon, Natalie Chiu, Lavinia Wong, Vincent Wong – Friends of the University of Nottingham: Hong Kong 
  • Peter Hubberstey – Judge, Salters Festival (School of Chemistry)
  • Roger Lewis – Former Alumni Laureate Chair and Orator
  • Professor Julian Wiseman – Old Kingstonian Association (OKA) Treasurer and Volunteer


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