Natalie Haydon-Yeung received the ‘Longstanding Volunteer Award’ and was named ‘University of Nottingham Volunteer of the Year’ at the university’s prestigious 2018 Volunteer Awards. This award is the top prize presented on the night and is chosen from all of the evening’s winners. It recognises an exceptionally committed and enthusiastic individual whose significant contribution to the university deserves recognition as the overall volunteer of the year.
Natalie was nominated for the awards for all the hard work she does as a Summer School and Widening Participation volunteer.
As a school student, Natalie attended the Sutton Trust Summer School at the University of Nottingham, from this she achieved a bursary and attended the university as a law undergraduate. Throughout these three years, she became a Summer School Ambassador and supported hundreds of young students from challenging backgrounds in progressing onto further education. Natalie then went on to become an E-mentor to prospective law students for which she won ‘Student Mentor of the Year’ at the 2013 Brightside e-Mentoring Awards.
After graduating from the university in 2012, Natalie returned as a Trainee Solicitor to deliver talks at the University of Nottingham and ran her own LNAT (National Admissions Test for Law) sessions to support students who were preparing to take the tests. Now qualified, Natalie regularly returns to the university to speak to students about studying law, work experience, pathways to law, and attends working lunches where she networks with students who wish to go on to study at a university.
Melissa Moran, Head of HR, said:
“This is an absolutely fantastic achievement for Natalie and everyone at Geldards is very proud of her. Natalie has been dedicated to the Summer School programme throughout her legal education and career and her commitment to helping prospective and current law students is inspirational. Being awarded the Longstanding Volunteer Award and being named University of Nottingham’s Volunteer of the Year is hugely deserved.
“We are very lucky to have lawyers that offer so much support to upcoming talent in the profession and it is something that we actively encourage here.
“Congratulations Natalie from everyone at Geldards!”