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 2020. You need to complete 25 rather than 40 hours of volunteering and any 2 of the 3 Ethical Grand Challenges.  Stellify Award requirements will return to the original requirements for students graduating after 2020.

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. 

The 2020 date is to be confirmed. Once it is confirmed, this page will be updated. 

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 2020 is to be confirmed. You will receive a congratulations email and letter 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 didn't complete the Sustainability Challenge, and would like to complete the Stellify Award, you need to continue completing all of the other elements of the Stellify Award. In your final year you will then be given the opportunity to complete the Sustainability Challenge.

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. It is the first challenge of the Ethical Grand Challenges.

The Sustainability Challenge is timetabled into your Welcome Week on the Tuesday (with the exception of Architecture students who must attend a catch-up session). You will receive an email telling you the time and location for your slot. 

If you missed the Sustainability Challenge in Welcome Week, you can attend one of 6 catch-up sessions held throughout the year. Architecture students and direct entry students must attend these catch-up sessions. Exchange and study abroad students can attend a catch-up session, but they are not eligible for the Stellify Award

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  

You should complete the Sustainability Challenge in year one of your undergraduate degree. 

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. 

All second year undergraduate students are automatically enrolled in the Social Justice Challenge. 

You should complete the Social Justice Challenge in your second year of your undergraduate degree. Direct entry students who come to the University in year three, must complete it in year three. 

If you are working towards the Stellify Award and haven't completed the Social Justice Challenge,  you will be given the opportunity to complete it in your final year.

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

The Social Justice Challenge is available throughout the whole academic year, from the first Monday of term to 12 June 2020. 

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 face to face workshops (which last around 2 1/2 hours) or they can complete an interactive 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 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 version of the Workplace Ethics Challenge is available throughout the whole academic year, from the first Monday of term to 5th June 2020.

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 40 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 40 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 HEAR 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 Leadeship 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.