In addition to our formal awards (see SEED Makes a Difference!) many other colleagues were recognised by the University’s Social Responsibility team. These are fantastic projects that were highly commended by the committee for having emerging impact and great potential. It was a particular pleasure that the panel recognised the positive social impact work of some of our SEED students.
Khairul Farhah Khairuddin (Fafa) and Harry Radzuan, both postgraduate researchers (PGRs, also known as PhD Students) in the Manchester Institute of Education and Planning and Environmental Management were commended for their Outstanding contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion for their FunDay for PGRs.
The primary objective of FunDay, which ran in 2017 and 2018, was to create a sense of belonging to overcome the loneliness and segregation of PGRs throughout their study, as reported by the PGR Reps. The teambuilding event also provides a platform for interaction and networking with people from different background and cultural differences. The FunDay was held with the intention to provide a platform for the community in SEED to network, build rapport while promoting the development of an inclusive society in an informal, fun and safe environment.
This was done through a few group activities (treasure hunt, games, quiz) around the campus which enforced student and staff partnership, strengthened their general knowledge about the University, School and admin personnel, while at the same time de-stressed from work.
After FunDay, Fafa and Harry gauged feedback from the participants to see how the event has made a difference to them. Their evaluation made it clear that FunDay greatly enhanced the learning experience for the diverse colleagues across SEED in various areas:
Rapport building: “I had a really good time out of work and think it’s nice that the school tries to organise such events to bond PGRs.” Asma, GDI
Engaging people with different abilities: “Despite being 7 months pregnant at the time I was able to take part in the event” – Heather, MIE
De-stress from work and freshen up for better: “Working together in an activity allowed students from across the different departments within the School to come together, get to know each other, de-stress from PhD life and have some fun.” Hairul, Planning
Positivity in life: “I learned to be positive even when struck with bad situations” Yin, MIE
Dr. Steve Jones, Director of Postgraduate Research commended FunDay saying:
“The event was entirely student-led, and brought together PGR communities from across disciplines in SEED. Given that PhD writing is known to be a solitary activity, it was great to see such wide participation. Multiple nationalities and ethnicities were represented. Fafa and Harry did a terrific job of organising the event, and their efforts were clearly appreciated by all who attended.”
Below is a link to their FunDay page: