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‘Making a Difference’ awards 2016

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making a difference 2016Following the success of the Making a Difference Awards for social responsibility 2015, The University of Manchester’s Social Responsibility team have now launched the ‘Making a Difference’ awards 2016. UMIP and MEC have again been working closely with the team to help shape a Social Enterprise category.

The ‘Outstanding Contribution to Social Enterprise (Aspiring and/or Trading for > 1 year) category will recognise social enterprises that are innovative and have made significant contributions to creating societal benefit.

The awards are open to all staff, students and recent graduates/ alumni (up to 2 years).

Entrants will be assessed based on either being;

  • an aspiring social enterprise i.e. demonstrating working towards the criteria below
  • or as a trading social enterprise able to fully demonstrate the criteria below

Social impact: Showing how operations (products, services, business models) have benefitted the community, or how they have committed a significant proportion of profit towards furthering the social purpose.

Business performance and financial viability: Demonstrating effective use of resources and an ability to operate a sustainable business; showing a shift in reliance on grant funding to deriving income through trading is advantageous; demonstrating scalability.

Innovation and productivity: Demonstrating innovative thinking in creation of enterprise and improvements in products/services/processes/delivery.

Leadership and governance:  Demonstrate vision and commitment and providing strategic guidance as well as ensuring corporate governance.

For more information about the awards and how to apply please follow the link:

The closing date for entries is the 1st February and we would like to encourage you to get involved and raise the profile of your enterprise within the University. Don’t forget you can apply yourself or even nominate someone else and individuals and teams can enter. All entries will be assessed by a judging panel. Shortlisted initiatives will be published in March, with the winners being announced at a special awards ceremony in Whitworth Hall, on the evening of 11th May 2016.


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