The Stellify Award for Masters Students


The Stellify Award for Masters students is a unique University of Manchester award supporting your personal development and graduate outcomes alongside your studies.

New for September 2023, The Stellify Award for Masters students gives you the chance to make a difference in a way that feels authentic to you, your passions and interests. Through volunteering, leadership roles and ethical grand challenges, you’ll not only take action to help causes you truly care about, but will also be prepared for life after university and will enter the world of work feeling confident in your abilities.

Upcoming events

Want to find out more about the Award? Need to check your progress? Head to one of our Stellify Surgeries this semester: 

Tuesday 16 April, 11-12:30pm
Main Library foyer

Thursday 9 May, 1-3pm 
The Atrium

How it works

From becoming a PASS leader or Sustainability Champion, through to involvement with societies, sports teams, volunteering and more, there are lots of activities to choose from that will help you progress towards earning the award - all designed to fit around your postgraduate studies and personal interests.

The programme of activities builds on the Stellify Award for undergraduates, and is open to both new postgraduate taught students and those continuing after their undergraduate studies here. Upon completion of the award, you'll receive a certificate at your graduation ceremony. 

Take a look at what's involved and a full list of activities below: 

Understand the issues that matter

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Complete at least two Ethical Grand Challenge activities:

Sustainability Challenge

Social Justice Challenge

Workplace Ethics Challenge

If you have completed this section as an undergraduate you should complete the challenge that you did not complete at that time, plus two extra modules from within the Social Justice Challenge. (six modules available – 2 required for completion). If you completed all three EGCs as an undergraduate please get in touch with

This equates to around 4 hours of activity across the two EGCs.

Make a difference

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Complete 10 hours of volunteering which benefits the wider community:

Find a volunteering opportunity on Volunteer Hub or find your own.

You must record all your own volunteering activity on Volunteer Hub to count towards the award.

The volunteering should be completed within your Masters year.

Champions for change

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Complete one Champions role:

This section is designed to provide you with the opportunity to influence change for the student population, such as leadership roles, Student Partner Intern roles, SU research roles, student staff and ambassadors.  Click to find the full list of what activities will count.

Reflecting on your experience

When you've completed all the required components above, you'll need to email and then we'll send you a link to complete a short reflection piece - the final step to achieving the award.

You'll be sent a link and asked to submit your reflection pieces via video on You'll be asked three questions to reflect on, and prior to recording your answers you'll have a few minutes to consider what you plan to say. These questions are designed to noly only help you reflect on the skills you've built, but also how to articulate your Stellify Award experience when you come to speak to employers. Once you have recorded your responses, you will be able to replay the video to review it before submitting. 


Get in touch 

Please email the relevant team with your enquiry or to check your progress:

Stellify Award:

Ethical Grand Challenges:


Sports volunteering:

Champions for Change roles: see contacts in individual activities



Frequently asked questions

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