Royal Holloway Volunteering Awards 2020

Thanking students, staff and alumni for supporting their communities.


Over recent weeks, we have seen an amazing response from Royal Holloway students and staff who want to support the local community during these difficult times. 

This year, from 1 to 7 June we will be holding our first ever online awards. This event will recognise the amazing volunteering that has taken place in our community over the past academic year,  whilst also highlighting and thanking volunteers for the incredible contributions made in your communities during this unprecedented time.

To make this a reality we need your help! We need you to nominate Royal Holloway students that have been volunteering this academic year within our eight different award categories. 

We would also like to invite you to nominate students, staff, and alumni for our special coronavirus volunteering award.

To ensure your community heroes receive the recognition they deserve, simply submit your online nominations by Wendesday 20 May. 

From 1-7 June, we will release video presentations of the awards on our Instagram and Facebook pages. 

We will also be presenting the Mayor's Cup for Student Volunteer of the Year as well as the Community Action Cup for Student Group of the Year. 

Find more details about the awards categories below, and submit your nominations using our  online form. The deadline for nominations is Monday 18 May.  


Coronavirus Volunteering Award

Given the incredible volunteering that is taking place during these uncertain and unprecedented times, we have decided to introduce a volunteering award to recognise the amazing contribution being given to support our local communities. This award is specifically reserved for Royal Holloway's current and lifelong community; including students, staff and alumni who have been involved with Covid-19 related volunteering opportunities.

Outstanding Community Action Volunteer

This category highlights the volunteering of a student or staff member who has taken the time to volunteer independently with one of Royal Holloway Volunteering's community partners. This could be with a local charity, school or other non-profit voluntary organisation. If you know a volunteer who has worked closely with a community partner, this is the category for them!

Outstanding Social Action Volunteer

This category is for volunteers participating in one of our student-led Social Action projects. These Social Action projects meet a genuine need in the community, and usually tie directly into a local community partner. If a student has been a positive influence as a leader or volunteer on a Social Action project, this is a great way to recognise that effort. 

Outstanding Community Research Volunteer

If you know a volunteer who has gone above and beyond as part of a Community Research project this year, why not let them know they are appreciated with a nomination? Community Research is a fantastic way for students and staff to use their research skills by responding to project requests from the local community.  

Outstanding Volunteer Abroad Student

This category is for students who have volunteered abroad over the course of their degree. Let us know what community partner and projects they have been involved in. You can also tell us where they volunteered, and what impact their volunteering had. 

Outstanding Sports Volunteer

If you know a volunteer who has volunteered on a sport related opportunity, and would like to recognise the amazing work they have done, then this is a great way of doing it. This volunteer could have participating in activities with local sports clubs, schools or community groups. Let us know how they volunteered and which groups they volunteered with! 

Outstanding International Student Volunteer

If you know an international student that has gone above and beyond this year and made a big difference to yourself or other people through any sort of volunteering this year, you should nominate them for this award! 

Outstanding New Volunteer

This category is specifically for volunteers who are in the first year of their studies, whether they are an undergraduate or postgraduate. We want to hear about the ways they got involved, and what they brought to their volunteering roles.  

Outstanding Community Partner

If you have volunteered with a community partner this year who have gone above and beyond to offer rewarding, impactful and engaging opportunities, this is your way of saying thank you! Nominees can be local charities, schools or other non-profit organisations.