Higher Education Active Community Fund Student Volunteering Awards
(6 August 2004)
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) have announced the second round of the Higher Education Active Community Fund (HEACF) Student Volunteering Awards which are now open for entries.
The Awards, developed and managed by CRAC, are intended to reward student and staff volunteers who have shown significant commitment to or exceptional execution of activities funded or initiated by the HEACF1. The Awards also aim to recognise outstanding projects that have met the objectives of the HEACF. This year marks the launch of the Awards for HEI staff who, as part of the objectives of the HEACF, are actively encouraged to participate in volunteering projects, building relationships between HEIs and their local communities.
Last year's ceremony was a huge success, with 200 student finalists, staff members and community organisation representatives enjoying the day at Manchester United Football Club.
Sir Howard Newby, Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for England, commented: 'I am delighted that the HEACF has provided support for a wide range of worthwhile projects. Universities and colleges have a major role to play in civic life, not just in education and research. The HEACF Awards provide recognition to students who have been most active in serving their communities.'
Students and staff are actively encouraged to apply for this year's Awards, which will culminate in an Awards Ceremony to be held at Twickenham Stadium, home of England Rugby, in December 2004. Winners receive £200 of vouchers. All entry forms, guidance notes and details of last year's winners are available from www.heacf-awards.ac.uk. CRAC is also running an HEACF Awards Helpline on 01223 448 541.