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Reds treat for high-flying students

07 Mar 2007

When University of Manchester student Patrick Murphy finished top of his year he was understandably delighted by such a notable achievement.

But the lifelong Reds fan never dreamt his hard work would be rewarded with a VIP trip to Old Trafford to watch his beloved United take on Lille in the UEFA Champions League tonight (Wednesday).

Patrick, who hails from Rusholme, is one of five high-flying, first-year students in the University's Faculty of Life Sciences to be invited to watch tonight's crucial second-leg tie against the French outfit.

Enjoying the game with Patrick, which includes a three-course pre-match dinner, will be fellow biologists Natasha Bray, Daniel Ng, Regina Forrester and Ruth Watkinson, who received one of nine President's Awards - the University's top bursary for high flyers - in December.

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Notes for editors:

The President's Award, a prestigious £10,000 a year scholarships to study at Manchester, is awarded to up to 10 students each year. The awards are reserved for 'the best of the best'. Only the very highest academic credentials are considered, with eligibility depending not only on at least three "A" grades at A-level, including grade 'A' in every module, but also on the results of a 'Thinking Skills Assessment,' a special examination and an interview.

For further information contact:

Aeron Haworth
Media Officer
The University of Manchester

Tel: 0161 275 8383
Mob: 07717 881 563
Email: aeron.haworth@manchester.ac.uk