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Community Engagement Awards

Every year, Rhodes University Community Engagement hosts an awards evening to celebrate the accomplishments, dedication and love shown by Makhanda's engaged citizenry, student community and researchers. The Community Engagement Awards recognise a year of excellence in Makhanda’s community engagement space. It provides an opportunity for us all to acknowledge and share our pride  for our community's committment to brightening the corners where they are.

Nominees for awards and key players in the University's management structures are invited to the small ceremony held towards the end of each year once our active citizenship programmes have ended for the year. At this event, we take a moment to recognize and acknowledge those who are act to build bridges through interventions aimed at the public and transformation of our town and beyond. The event brings together volunteers and student leaders from across our citizenship programmes, as well as early engaged researchers and the community partners who make it all possible.

The Awards are also an important part of reaffirming the student leaders and volunteer managers of our programmes, all of whom go above and beyond the calls of duty throughout the year to ensure the best possible experience for everyone involved in the project. We encourage everyone who has been part of Community Engagement every year to take the oportunity to reflect upon the past year, enjoy the successes and heal from the challenges. 

The Community Engagement Awards have taken place since 2012.

Nominate volunteers, researchers and community partners who have gone above and beyond for your programmes or initiatives.

There are five award categories:

Student Volunteer of the Year

Student Researcher of the Year

Hall or Residence of the Year

Sports Club or Society of the Year

Community Partner of the Year

Eligibility and Nominations

Volunteers, community partners, Halls or Residences, Sports Clubs or Societies who embody the values of community engagement are eligible for awards based on their involvement in CE activities throughout the year. CE participants and partners are encouraged to consider the criteria at the start of the year, and to nominate themselves or deserving peers and collaborators for an award. 

We're looking for nominees who:

  • are dedicated, creative and showed leadership initiative when demanded of them
  • contribute to body of knowledge that informs community engagement practice
  • do academic activity/research that has mutually beneficial outcomes
  • has promoted the principles of good community engagement practice

Use these forms to nominate yourself or others for one or more award categories. Please note the criteria for each category on the nomination form as well as the closing date for applications. Strong applications are not based on the number of nominations received, but rather on the quality of the motivation. 

Please ensure that you submit a detailed motivation as the selection committee relies ONLY on the information that is provided on the form.


Nominations open: 

Nominations close: 


Community Engagement Awards Ceremony: 3 October 2024

Nomination forms: 


Nominations are assessed by Rhodes University Community Engagement coordinators.

Past Community Engagement Award Winners and Citations 


For more information about Awards and Nominations: Anna Kinsler at a.talbot@ru.ac.za

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