Student Volunteer of the Year – shortlist announced

Wednesday 20-01-2016 - 11:32

In December we revealed the ten nominees longlisted for the coveted Student Volunteer of the Year Award and we can now reveal the final five, as chosen by our judges.

Students spend their time volunteering for causes they care about throughout the academic calendar and beyond, and Student Volunteering Week (22-28 February) is an annual fixture designed to encourage and inspire more to follow suit.

The Student Volunteer of the Year Award - which takes place during Student Volunteering Week - is an opportunity for the student movement to pause and applaud their efforts and crown one particular individual with the title of Student Volunteer of the Year.

The judges have had their work cut out whittling the initial longlist of ten incredible student volunteers down to the final five, which illustrates the diverse spectrum that is student volunteering.

Without further ado, here is the shortlist for Student Volunteer of the Year (in no particular order):

Kathleen Crymble from South Lanarkshire College established the Back to School Bank in East Kilbride in summer 2015. The Bank operates in a similar way to a foodbank, but instead provides new school clothes for children living in poverty. Kathleen has used her skills in confectionary to make chocolate bars to raise funds for the project, and has written funding bids to national organisations to bring in even more money to support the project.

Jo Devall from the University of Plymouth is a Volunteer Lifeboat Crewman for the RNLI in Plymouth, and President of UPSU SAINTS Kickboxing Club. In these two volunteering experiences, Jo has developed skills in first aid, has raised money for charity, and lead a community clean up initiative in a local woodland.

Liam Rodgers from Sheffield Hallam University is the Project Leader (and founder) of ‘Upscribe’; a creative writing project for homeless people to express themselves through creative writing. Liam led on the creation and publication of a book created through people who participated in the project, and many of them are now published writers!

Zoe Webber from Goldsmiths University is the President of RE:mind mental health society, and is clearly dedicated to volunteering to help students to improve their mental health. Zoe co-founded the Dedicated Listeners project, which is a peer-support listening service.

Samuel Wong from Royal Holloway is involved in so many volunteering projects! He is a Cabinet Office Volunteer Advisor, Project Leader for numerous volunteering projects, and is involved with the local Police Independent Advisory Group and Young Community Leaders Network. One of the projects was a community sing-along project for elderly people, and Samuel led a team of volunteers to take part in this.

The Student Volunteer of the Year will be announced at our annual Celebration Event on Monday 22 February.

If you haven’t signed up to join in the fun during Student Volunteering Week, don’t worry! It’s not too late! You can register online at


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