This award recognises a project or activity that has made a significant impact on communities, either here in Northern Ireland or further afield. The project should promote social, environmental, economic, cultural or wellbeing benefits. This award was open to individuals or teams.
WINNER - Lucia Kearney and Vivienne Courtney
Student Plus Directorate
In 2013, the Students’ Union established Volunteer SU. Led by Lucia Kearney, it supports students to make a positive contribution to the world around them whilst enhancing their personal and professional development through volunteering.
Vivienne Courtney, meanwhile, coordinates the Homework Clubs initiative, working in partnership with 17 community/youth groups and schools across Belfast and recruiting and training over 200 students to support children and young people in areas of educational underachievement.
Doris Corkin, Pauline Cardwell and
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Doris, Pauline and Catherine were nominated for the huge amount of time and energy they put into initiatives to partner with charities, especially in the run-up to Christmas, and the donations of small gifts with a health promotion/educational aspect to people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Staff and students supported two local and one international charity under this scheme in 2016: St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army, plus the Kenya-based Actions Not Words.
Professor Ruth Morrow
School of Natural and Built Environment
Professor Morrow initially established Street Society in 2010 as an annual, week-long learning event, bringing together undergraduate and post-graduate Architecture students with community organisations to analyse and make design proposals in line with their spatial needs.
Since 2016, the initiative has been funded to work with five of Northern Ireland’s most deprived communities, as part of the Urban Villages Initiative – a headline action within the NI Executive’s ‘Together Building a United Community’ strategy.
Queen’s Grounds and Gardens Team
The work of the Grounds and Gardens team has a significant impact on students, staff, visitors and the wider community around Queen’s, providing a top-class outdoors environment.
Nor are their efforts confined to day-to-day operations – the small team of just 11 is active with outreach projects, including working with local charities and community groups, and supporting biodiversity projects in the greater University area.