Keele student honoured with MBE for volunteering and environmental work
A Keele PhD student has been made an MBE for services to Youth Empowerment and Sustainability in Staffordshire in this year's New Year’s Honours list, celebrating his work in campaigning for environmental and social causes, and his extensive volunteering efforts.
This is the latest in a long line of prestigious awards that Elliott Lancaster has received for his work in recent years, which also includes a Prime Minister’s Point of Light Award; a British Citizen Award medal; and the Diana Award.
Elliott has a passion for social change and youth empowerment, and alongside studying for his PhD in Management, he has provided significant impact and encouragement for young people across a range of activities. He has also engaged with over 20,000 young people in events and raised £50,000 collectively between projects.
Elliott was a Top 10 finalist for the Chegg.org Global Student Prize last year thanks to his work campaigning for mental health, social enterprise, sustainability, and a solution to homelessness. He also supports a number of charities both locally and nationally, including his work as a volunteer and Trustee of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, I Have a Voice CIC, Spirit of Peace, and an Ambassador of GEN UK.
In 2016 Elliott also established ‘Utter Rubbish’ - a social enterprise and mobile phone app that connects UK citizens to local councils, helping to reduce waste and updating residents on recycling policies in real time.
Elliott said: “It is incredibly humbling to be recognised with such a prestigious honour from His Majesty. I am delighted that my social impact work has been acknowledged in this way, but this is about more than just me. It is a testament of many years of collaboration and community empowerment. I am excited to be able to use this platform to raise greater awareness of key issues and provide more support to others.”
Professor Trevor McMillan OBE, Vice-Chancellor of Keele University added: “Elliott is a credit to Keele and to himself, and his dedication to his campaigning and volunteer work embodies the best of the impact that our students and alumni have in the wider world. To receive such a prestigious recognition of his work is nothing less than he deserves.”
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