Bursary scheme in memory of local businessman to help disadvantaged students


The University of Manchester is delighted to announce an exciting new scholarship scheme aimed at widening access for students applying to its Law and Earth and Environmental Science (EES) courses. 

The Graham McKenna-Mayes Memorial Fund, launched by the family of the former local businessman, seeks to support access, success and progression for underrepresented groups in Higher Education, particularly in the Greater Manchester area. 

The bursaries specifically aim to address obstacles faced by students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and to offer the first stepping-stone to a successful career after graduation in Law or EES. They will offer eligible applicants an annual grant of £2,000, funded by the Graham McKenna-Mayes Memorial Fund. 

"I am immensely proud to initiate this bursary scheme, which pays tribute to my lifelong friend and colleague Graham," says John Scanlon, Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ R&R UK. "Graham and I both grew up in Bury, where we went to school and college together before he went to study Law at The University of Leeds and York Law School. 

"Graham had a huge intellect coupled with tremendous drive, which he used to help shape our company to become one of the leading recycling and waste management companies in the UK. Graham was never happier than when he was mentoring or coaching people within the business to be the best that they could possibly be, both professionally and personally. 

"It is a fitting tribute where we remember him by creating a bursary to help people from the Manchester area. Those who share his passion in the areas of law and the environment." 

Bursaries are available to eligible students who are underrepresented in Higher Education and who require additional support to help them flourish and fulfil their academic potential at Manchester, regardless of their background. 

We are passionate that our subject areas are accessible to everyone, and are really excited that the new scholarships provide additional support to students from the Manchester area to come and study with us.

Profesor Katherine Joy, Chair of the EES Widening Participation Committee

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