Frequently Asked Questions about Stellify

On this page you will find answers to questions you may have about Stellify. If you have any further questions, please contact us. 


To ensure that students are not disadvantaged following the disruption of many activities due to COVID-19, we have reduced some of the activities required to complete the Stellify Award for students graduating in 2021. You need to complete 25 rather than 40 hours of volunteering.

Stellify Award - General FAQs

All undergraduate students who started in September 2016 or later are eligible for the Stellify Award. This includes Direct Entry students, but does not include Study Abroad or Exchange students. Find out what you need to do to complete the Stellify Award. 

All Stellify Award activities will be recorded on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). You cannot currently check your own HEAR record, so if you want to check your progress, you will need to contact the activity owner directly. Most HEAR uploads take place at the end of the academic year, so if an activity that you recently completed or are still completing is not showing on your HEAR report, that is normal. 

All volunteering hours must be logged and verfied by midnight on 31 May 2021. For Ethical Grand Challenges deadlines, please check their website

No. The Manchester Leadership Programme is completely separate award which involves completing a Leadership in Action course unit which is part of UCIL (University College for Interdisciplinary Learning) and either 20, 40 or 60 hours of volunteering to gain a bronze, silver or gold award. 

If you feel you have specific extenuating circumstances that have prevented you from completing one element of the Award, you should contact with details of your extenuating circumstances. Cases will be considered by the Stellify Award operations group on a case by case basis. Please note, queries may not be resolved in time to include the Stellify Award in the graduation ceremony. 

We won't be able to confirm if you have completed the Stellify Award until late July - the exact date for 2021 is to be confirmed. You will receive a congratulations email if you have achieved the award. 

Once you have completed all the components, you will receive your Stellify Award at your graduation. You will receive an email to confirm you have completed all elements of the Stellify Award. If you are unable to attend your graduation, your Stellify Award certificate will be posted to your home address.

You can still achieve the Stellify Award even if you don't successfully pass your degree. Your Stellify Award certificate would be posted to your home address.

Your Stellify Award will be recorded on your HEAR but you won't receive your Stellify Award certificate until you graduate. 

Ethical Grand Challenges - Sustainability Challenge 

If you missed the Sustainability Challenge in your first year you can still sign up to a catch-up session.

Please note: Students starting their degree in September 2020 will take the Sustainability Challenge in their second year.

The Sustainability Challenge is a 2 1/2 hour workshop where students work in interdisciplinary groups to design a university campus, taking into account social, financial and environmental factors. 

Sustainability Challenge catch-up sessions are only available to second and final year students.

No. If you are repeating your first year or if you've started a new undergraduate degree, you do not need to repeat the Sustainability Challenge. 

If you feel that you have extenuating circumstances contact us at

Please note: Students starting their degree in September 2020 will take the Sustainability Challenge in their second year.  

If you're a final year student, you need to make sure you attend one of the Sustainability Challenge catch-up sessions this year. 

Foundation year students complete the Sustainability Challenge in year one of their undergraduate degree.

Direct entry students must complete the Sustainability Challenge in the first year that they are in Manchester, which could be year two or three of their undergraduate degree. 

Ethical Grand Challenges - Social Justice Challenge 

The Social Justice Challenge is an interactive Blackboard course which takes around an hour to complete. It gives you an introduction to what social justice is and explores a variety of themes through a social justice lens. 

For 2020/21, the Social Justice Challenge will be available to Year 1, Year 2, Year 3+ undergraduates and postgraduate students. First and second year students will be automatically enrolled in the Social Justice Challenge. Final and postgraduate students can sign up here

Students starting their degree in September 2020 shoud take the Social Justice Challenge in their first year.

Students who started their degree in September 2019 should complete the Social Justice Challenge in their second year.

Direct entry students who come to the University in year three, must complete it in year three. 

If you are a final year student, you can sign up to the Social Justice Challenge here.

Please note: Students starting their degree in September 2020, should take the Social Justice Challenge in their first year.

If you are in your first or second year of undergraduate study and can't access the Social Justice Challenge, email

The Social Justice Challenge is available until 18 June 2021 for first and second year students. It is available until 4 June 2021 for final year undergraduates and postgraduate students. 

Ethical Grand Challenges - Workplace Ethics Challenge 

The Workplace Ethics Challenge can be completed in two different ways. Students can attend one of a range of different virtual workshops (which last around 1 1/2 hours) or they can complete an interactive individual Blackboard course (approx. one hour).

Workshops take place in both semesters on Wednesday afternoons and early evenings. You can sign up to them by clicking here.

If you attend a virtual workshop, you'll explore ethical challenges faced by recent graduates in a variety of different workplaces. If you complete the challenge on Blackboard, you will explore ethical challenges faced by recent graduates in most workshops.

The online Blackboard version of the Workplace Ethics Challenge is available throughout the whole academic year until 4th June 2021.

You must complete the Workplace Ethics Challenge in either Year 3, 4 or 5 of your undergraduate degree. 

Volunteering and the Stellify Award

You must undertake 25 hours of community-facing voluntering to complete the 'Making a Difference' component of the Stellify Award.

You must undertake volunteering that benefits the wider community, not just the student population, for it to count towards the Stellify Award. Volunteering roles must benefit the wider community, outside the student population. Roles which benefit other students and have a university focus may count towards Step Up and Lead activities e.g. Nightline. If you are in doubt contact

You can search for volunteering opportunities through Volunteer Hub. Alternatively, you can find your own opportunities and log your hours under the 'My additional volunteering' section on Volunteer Hub.

The 25 hours of volunteering can take place throughout the course of your undergraduate degree. You need to register all your volunteering on Volunteer Hub by 31 May in your graduating year.

Yes. All hours will be logged onto the Volunteer Hub and your Higher Education Achievement Report. However, they will not count for more with your Stellify Award.

All volunteering hours must be logged on Volunteer Hub, except for volunteering through the University Sports Volunteer Scheme, which will be logged separately. 

Hours logged on Volunteer Hub must be verified by a member of the charity or community organisation that you volunteer with. 

Yes, any hours you have logged on Volunteer Hub that you are using towards the Manchester Leadership Programme can also count towards the 'Make a Difference' section of the Stellify Award. 

Leadership and the Stellify Award

To complete the leadership component of the Stellify Award, you must complete two of the approved leadership roles or one role for two years. 

The following roles count towards approved leadership positions:

  • Peer Mentor, PASS Leader or Student Coordinator
  • Athletic Union Executive or Committee member, Sports Coach or Session Leader
  • Residents Association (RA) or Junior Common Room (JCR) Committee Member
  • Students Union Club or Society Committee Member
  • Student Representative
  • Volunteering Champion
  • Wellbeing Champion
  • Basic Life Support Instructor
  • Non-Sabbatical Officer (Part-time Elected Students Union Officer)
  • University of Manchester Physics Outreach Leader
  • Nightline Listening Volunteer 

To make sure your activity is recorded, you should email and copy in the Chair of the society.

Yes. All active committee roles will count towards the Step Up and Lead element of Stellify.The roles are not limited to Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.