The Student Volunteer of the Year award builds on the success of the award last year and the legacy of the Matt Spencer Award. It showcases the very best student volunteers and highlights the contribution they’ve made in their communities.

This year the Student Volunteer of the Year was announced by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE at the celebration event in the Houses of Parliament. It was announced that the winner was Aidan Bannon. You can read his story here.

The four other students who made the shortlist were:

Jordan Kenny

Jordan impressed the judges with his commitment to furthering sports-based volunteering activity among students at Bath University. He acted as a team leader for the UK Sports IDEALS project in Zambia last summer, encouraging the development of the 60 student volunteers who took part, which in turn had a positive impact on over 1000 children in Zambia.

Michaela Dowe-Stephenson

Michaela, a law student at the University of Leicester, has been involved in numerous volunteering projects in the legal field, specificallly the Appropriate Adult Volunteer scheme with the Leicestershire Youth Offending Service, where her main role was to support minors in custody. Over the past 12 months Michaela has dedicated 300 hours in volunteer work.

Patrycja Skurzak

Patrycja, a student at Royal Holloway, impressed the judges with her commitment to the development of numerous student-led initiatives, in particular the International Kitchen Project, which has delivered over 20 cooking sessions at local schools and youth centres, providing local children and young people with the opportunity to learn about and experience different cultures and cuisines. Dedicating many hours and using her initiative to ensure its success.

Sam Lansdale

Sam, a student at UCL, set up and delivered the ambitious volunteering project, entitled ‘The Big One’, involving two local schools and a large team of student volunteers from across multiple UCL societies. ‘The Big One’, was designed to inspire young people through the performing arts, giving them a taste of what life is like at University and also a chance to get involved in the deliverance of a large scale musical. Sam sourced over £3,500 to go towards the development of performance, which was attended by over 300 people.

The winner of the Student Volunteer of the Year will be revealed at our celebration event in Parliament on Wednesday 26th February.

You can see case studies of previous winners here:

Thomas Holt - 2013

Nathan Highton - 2012

Jonathan Broad - 2011