Bursary scheme in memory of local businessman to help Law and EES WP students


Graham McKenna-Mayes


Graham McKenna-Mayes


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. 

Launched by the family of local businessman Graham McKenna-Mayes, the Graham McKenna-Mayes Memorial Fund 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 therefore that we remember him by creating a bursary to help people from the Manchester area 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. 

The scholarships will be available to students who meet the University’s widening participation (WP) criteria. Particular interest is in supporting applicants living in the Greater Manchester area.

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