Meet the outstanding volunteers and discover how they're changing our world

Our annual Volunteer Awards celebrate the outstanding contributions our alumni and community volunteers make to the University and the wider world. They give their time to support students and alumni around the world. Our volunteers lead on student recruitment and play a critical role in fostering a global alumni community. Our volunteers make the extraordinary possible.

Congratulations to this year's winners, and a huge thank you to everyone who continues to empower volunteers to support students and researchers at the University of Nottingham.   

Former volunteer awards winners 志愿者奖项获奖人



Longstanding Volunteer Award 2018

PENG Yangyang (FAM, 2011), President of Nottingham Alumni Association Ningbo, UK

Peng has supported over 600 alumni from the University's Ningbo campus who are now based in the UK. As the President of the UNNC Alumni Association UK Chapter, he runs career-sharing sessions and continues to grow the alumni community with events at Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle and The British Library.


Excerpt from Peng's nomination: 
Peng was instrumental in the delivery of Student Recruitment and Far East Network Community activities through his work with Ernst and Young. He co-delivered many important events, including careers workshops at both the University of Nottingham and China Development Forum. In addition, as UK President of the Nottingham Ningbo Alumni Association, Peng re-engaged hundreds of UNNC alumni now living and working in the UK.



Longstanding Volunteer Award 2018

TANG Jing (International Business and Management, 2012) President of Nottingham Alumni Association Ningbo, HK

Since Tang (left in the photo) became the chief of UNNC’s Hong Kong chapter, the number of registered alumni has dramatically increased each year. In this capacity Tang has helped organise more than 30 networking events, from hiking to tea gathering!



Excerpt from Tang's nomination: 
Tang has served as an essential bridge between the University and its alumni based in Hong Kong. She provides an invaluable platform where Hong Kong alumni can exchange insights, share resources and support each other. Tang continues to build up relationships with external parties to create opportunities for alumni, as well as promote UNNC as a flagship of Sino-foreign universities in China.



2018 Group list

Group Volunteer Award 2018


Leading on student recruitment in China


Volunteer Awards Category 志愿者奖项类别

  • Alumni Volunteer of the Year: To recognise an alumnus or alumna of the University of Nottingham who has gone above and beyond the expected role of a volunteer. It will be awarded to someone who has contributed to the University or the student experience with outstanding enthusiasm and commitment, who has inspired others or who has acted as an ambassador to promote the University and its values.
  • Community Volunteer of the Year: To recognise the sustained commitment and outstanding enthusiasm of a volunteer who is not a student, staff or alumnus. They will have gone above and beyond their expected role, and will be an inspiration in their dedication to their contributions to the University.
  • Longstanding Volunteer Award: To recognise individuals who have shown sustained and substantial commitment to the University for a period of at least four years. We would expect that more than one person will be eligible for this award. This can include any years an alumnus may have volunteered as a student in a similar role (i.e. student ambassador to international recruitment volunteer).
  • University of Nottingham Volunteer of the Year: To recognise an exceptionally committed and enthusiastic individual whose significant contribution to the University has led them to win one of the categories above, and who deserves recognition as the overall volunteer of the year.