The work of students from the University of Salford was recognised last week during an awards ceremony with Greater Manchester Talent Match.
The students were joined by staff from Greater Manchester Talent Match to thank them for their input into a research project on volunteering.
The research carried out by the students looked to identify whether volunteering had an impact for young people with a number of barriers to employment in their journey to work.
Stephanie Hevingham, 30, from Middleton, who is studying Criminology said, “It felt really good to work on real data from a real charity. There’s a real sense of achievement for us as students because we have analysed data and our findings are going to be used by the charity to see where this approach works.’’
“We’ve all got a sense of satisfaction knowing that the results of the research will help to change people’s lives by influencing policy and practice in the future’’.
The students found a link between the confidence gained through volunteering and how ready young people were to progress into employment. As a result, many of the students who helped analyse the information considered taking part in volunteering as a vital step in a young person’s pathway to work.
Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Research Methods in Sociology/Criminology, Dr. Daiga Kamerāde said, “It was great for the students to be able to apply their data analysis skills to a real-life project. We’ll be continuing to work with the programme to identify where we can carry out further research.”
Katherine Bird, Senior Project Officer at Greater Manchester Talent Match said, “The relationship we have built with the University during the research has been brilliant. We’re so impressed by all of the students’ dedication to the research and we are pleased that we are able to reward them for their hard work. We look forward to further collaboration which will in turn benefit young people across Greater Manchester”