It is once again time for nominations for the Student Community Awards. These awards recognise the efforts of students who give up their time to help others within the community.

These unsung heroes help with local youth groups, organise fundraising activities for charities, or carry out acts of kindness and generosity just because they see a need and want to help.

Nominations can be from staff, students or members of the local community, and this is your chance to recognise any student you know who gives up their time to help others.

The nominations are considered by the Student Community Awards committee, and all nominees will receive recognition for the hard work they have done. The awards will be presented at a lunch ceremony on 29 May, to which all nominees and nominators are invited.

Previous winners include Janine Holmes who volunteered at local charity Me2 and built a particularly strong relationship with an 11 year old girl named Polly with Autism. Nicola Abram  volunteered as part of the night outreach team which contacted and supported sex workers, and Laura Truesdale set up and ran art workshops for Reading Drugs and Alcohol Information Services.

Ann Westgarth, Community Relations Manager for the University, said:

Every year we are surprised and delighted by the nominations we receive for this award. Many students give up hours of their own time to help others or see a need which they want to try to meet. Students who make a contribution in this way feel part of the local community and are valued for their efforts. I’m sure this year’s award winners will be as equally impressive.

The closing date for nominations is 30 April 2013

To download a nomination form please visit

The award committee made up of representatives from Reading University Student’s Union, local residents, and the University Chaplaincy, will announce the winner of the award at a special ceremony on 29 May 2013.

The award has been funded by donations made to the Annual Fund by Reading Alumni. The prize(s) of up to £250 may be awarded to individual students, specific groups of students or student households.

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