Awards celebrate inspiring work of The University of Manchester’s community

“It was a wonderful experience to be involved in an event that recognises the inspiring work that our staff, students, alumni and partners are involved in,” added Nalin Thakkar, Vice-President for Social Responsibility. “These awards have shown how the unique abilities and resources of universities can create positive change in wider society through research, innovation, and most importantly our people.”

This year’s event was Lemn Sissay’s final one as the University’s Chancellor. He concluded proceedings with the live reading of a new poem to commemorate his time in post, and he was presented with a new award – the Chancellor’s Making a Difference Award – to acknowledge his seven years at the University. 

“Lemm has been a truly outstanding and inspirational Chancellor, has raised the profile of the University, and has been a real champion for our Social Responsibility work,” said Nalin Thakkar. “In every ceremony or event that Lemm has presided over, he has made people laugh, relax and feel included. This is such a wonderful quality to be able to create spaces where people feel noticed, feel valued and feel respected. Lemm welcomes everyone in our community with open arms.”

Lemm said: “My highlight has been to be surrounded by so many incredibly intelligent people who match their intelligence with integrity. I am surrounded by people at this university who know much more than me about many things. The way they apply their knowledge to the community and to themselves is outstanding. I’m constantly humbled by being in that environment, and honoured to be a Chancellor.”

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