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Volunteer Award 2016 winners

The University of Nottingham Volunteer of the Year and Longstanding Volunteer Award winner: Jo Horsey

Jo Horsey 1

"I've always wanted to make a difference in education..."
“I’m a former teacher and I’ve always taught in comprehensive schools. I always wanted to make a difference in education, so volunteering is a way of continuing that work. Meeting the students is what really inspires me. There are lots of opportunities for people to volunteer at the University, but it’s the personal touch and personal connections that make it special. It’s a real honour to have been recognised.” 

Jo was recognised as The University of Nottingham Volunteer of the Year for the significant impact that she has made at the Medical School. As part of the admissions committee, Jo has helped to transform the admissions process so that students from disadvantaged backgrounds are given an equal opportunity to excel. 

Alumni Volunteer of the Year and Longstanding Volunteer Award winner: Mark Bullock (Economics, 1989)

Mark Bullock

"The University gave me so much, so it's important to me to give back..."
“The University gave me so much, the platform for my career, so it’s important to me to give back. Through the eMentoring programme I feel I learn as much from the students as they do from me – it’s a two way process. It’s great to talk to the students and give them some guidance for their career, present different options and open avenues for them. As mentors, it’s really rewarding - connecting with the students and understanding their thinking also helps shape our thinking too.” 

Mark was given the Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award for his passion, enthusiasm and comittment to sport development and eMentoring at the University. For over 5 years, Mark has acted as an advisor to the Sports Department, and helped to inspire students as an eMentor.


Community Volunteer of the Year: Pam and Mike White

Pam and Mike White

Pam and Mike White are truly worthy recipients of the Community Volunteer of the Year Award. They have campaigned tirelessly to support and promote the progress of Children's Brain Tumour Research (CBTR) at The University of Nottingham, setting up the Sam White Legacy Trust in memory of their son Sam who sadly died in 2013. Pam and Mike have dedicated almost all of their spare time to raising awareness of brain tumours and fundraising for CBTR, and we are grateful to them for the time they give.  

Longstanding Volunteer Award: Jim

Jim (2)

Jim (above left) was given the Longstanding Volunteer Award for his committment to the 'Thunder and Lightning' lectures. As the most popular activity at the University's annual Mayfest, his lectures have helped younger and older generations to discover science in unexpected and entertaining ways. His chemistry-related celebrations have not only raised the profile of the University, but also engaged the local community in the wonder, benefit, and excitement of science. 


Longstanding Volunteer Award: Tim

Tim Smith

Tim has been an active volunteer for the Careers and Employability Service for a number of years and was awarded the Longstanding Volunteer Award for his commitment and dedication to students with an interest in Law. Tim has been involved in a multitude of careers service activities, programmes, forums, and events. His knowledge of Law and passion for helping our students, has been a great asset to the University.  

Longstanding Volunteer Award: Lesley Parkinson

 Lesley Parkinson

Lesley was awarded the Longstanding Volunteer Award for her outstanding committment to the University's International Family Link programme. Over the last 10 years, Lesley has volunteered as a Family Link host, helping a number of international students settle into life at Nottingham, discover British culture, and find out about the local area. 


Full list of Award winners

Not all of our Award winners could attend the Volunteer Awards in London, but we would like to thank all of our volunteers for their commitment and dedication to the University of Nottingham. 

Staff Volunteer of the Year 

  • Drew Shearsmith

Longstanding Volunteers of the Year

  • Mal Davies
  • Alison Robinson
  • Ossie Newell
  • Malcolm Jones
  • David Pinney
  • Ann and Brian Peters
  • Pat Smith
  • Sumeet Shah
  • Malcolm Jones
  • Dr Chanikul Chutrakul
  • Benjamin Ma
  • Hien Chi Nguyen


Photo gallery

Visit our photo gallery to browse our collection of photographs taken at the Volunteer Awards. 

Volunteer Awards 2017 nominations 

If you know a volunteer who has also gone above and beyond to make a difference at the University of Nottingham, they could be eligable for a 2017 Volunteer Award. To nominate a volunteer for an Award, please view our Award conditions and complete a nomination form

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