Success and recognition for MetMUnch

The students of MetMUnch have been recognised for their enthusiasm, passion and commitment to nutrition, sustainability and enterprise after being shortlisted for the ‘Enterprise Award’ at the EAUC Green Gown Awards 2017, to be held in November.

This follows their Outstanding Achievement Award win at the Social Entrepreneur Awards 2017.

The SEE Changemakers Recognition Awards highlight the achievements of social entrepreneurs originating at universities, and the teams and institutions who support them. MetMUnch was awarded the ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ at Oxford University, after the judges were inspired by the high levels of creativity and energy that MetMUnch and its students have brought to enterprise projects, in particular highlighting its commitment to sustainability.

MetMUnch student, Sam Harrison, said: “Sustainability and enterprise perfectly encompass what I consider to be the key strengths of MetMUnch. With this in mind, I was thrilled to hear of the recognition MetMUnch has received in consistently pushing the envelope of innovation and creativity in such significant areas. During my time at Manchester Met, I’ve been afforded countless opportunities to compliment my academic studies with honing my personal skills under impassioned mentorship. Doing so has shaped my university experience and developed my confidence, my personal awareness towards global issues and my career prospects.”

Nickala Torkington, UnLtd Partnership Support Manager and Chair of the SEE Changemaker Recognition Awards, was also full of praise directly for MetMunch founder, Haleh Moravej, Nickala said: “The judges were inspired by the huge amounts of creativity, and energy to inspire the next generation of learners Haleh has, through designing experiential learning, supporting student led co-design of curriculum as well as enterprise projects to enhance student employability, confidence & sustainability awareness.

“Haleh is someone who brings fun and social purpose to all of her work. Pioneering as a staff member with her students at university, she is leading a unique social venture alongside teaching commitments.”

Following the success in Oxford, MetMUnch has since been shortlisted for the highly prestigious award for enterprise at the EAUC Green Gown Awards, commonly regarded as the Oscars for sustainability.  Following its success in 2014, MetMUnch is aiming now to be crowned winners for the second time.

The judges made a special note to MetMUnch students linking sustainability to nutrition, plus the good quantifiable impacts and income generation through events and knowledge exchange, whilst demonstrating circular economy principles.

MetMUnch student, Rebecca Hellyer, said: “Through working with MetMUnch, I have gained unquestionable confidence in taking part in bold, innovative and exciting projects. Working with the public on an interactive level, making science enjoyable and understandable. MetMUnch works with so many diverse people within the community, which in turn has given me an insight into different cultures needs and environments as well as personally focusing on my sustainability footprint. I’m thrilled it is being recognised with the awards that it deserves.”