Make a gift in memory of someone special.
We award annual prizes to talented students across the University, funded in memory of alumni, students and staff.
Cliff Bown graduated in architecture from Manchester Polytechnic in 1983 after which he worked as an architect in the Manchester area for the whole of his career. As a student, Cliff won the Basil Ward Prize (1981) and the Grenfell Baines Prize.
The Bown family decided to establish The Bown Prize for Outstanding Design Portfolio for a 5th year at the Manchester School of Architecture, as a lasting way of recognising and celebrating Cliff’s lifetime achievements, his passion for architecture and the affection he had for his alma mater.
To date, six students have been awarded this prize in recognition of their achievements.
"I am honoured to receive The Bown Prize for the best fifth year from the MSA; an accolade which came as a complete surprise to me as the standard of work in the school is so high. I am truly grateful and would like to thank the Bown family and MSA for their support."
William Priest, MA Architecture, Bown Prize recipient 2016
In 2014, the Bennison family contacted Manchester Metropolitan University to discuss how they could best honour their mother Dorothy's memory. Dorothy was passionate about learning and embroidery, and the Prize has been set up in her memory to recognise the talents of students who are studying embroidery or textiles.
Dorothy Redfern was born in Manchester in 1916 to a creative family, committed to education. After World War One, when not studying, her happy childhood was spent playing sports and following in her father’s footsteps, Dorothy trained to be a Geography teacher, working at Yew Tree School. Her father was Head Teacher of Manchester's George Leigh Street School. The Second World War brought disruption to class as Dorothy and her pupils were evacuated from their school.
Although teaching, tennis and swimming were Dorothy’s loves until she married, during her time in Derbyshire she joined the Embroiderers Guild and developed her passion for the art. The urge to teach never left her, however, and after moving to North Wales, Dorothy became a founder of the North Wales Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild. She taught Goldwork and Modern Embroidery at Llandrillo College in Colwyn Bay.
The artistic products of her creative mind can be discovered across North Wales, from the altar frontals of St. Paul’s Church in Colwyn Bay, to the commemorative tapestry in the foyer of Conwy Town Council. Dorothy was proudly presented to Her Majesty the Queen at the opening of the Conwy Crossing Tunnel and was actively working with threads to the end of her life at 98 years old.
Dorothy's family would like to encourage the development of contemporary embroidery, knowing that she felt it was a timeless art form with a future as well as a past, and were delighted when Manchester Metropolitan University agreed to set up the prize fund so that her many friends and admirers could memorialise her life and work. The family hopes that students will think of the prize as a gift from an absent friend; one who wishes them well in their lives and careers.
"I was so overwhelmed when I received the Dorothy Redfern Bennison Prize. I have spent the past three years working exceptionally hard and to be recognised for my work is very exciting. It's a pleasure to know that my work is being viewed and appreciated!"
Charlotte Derby, BA (Hons) Textiles in Practice 2015 and first recipient of the prize
James Brownhill died tragically in a climbing accident just before he graduated in physiotherapy in 2011. His tutors and friends at Manchester Met wanted to do something special in his memory and contacted his parents to discuss their ideas. A prize was established at the University and is awarded annually to a final year student as the James Brownhill Memorial Prize for Clinical Excellence in Physiotherapy.
"In the first days after James' accident, the physiotherapy department contacted us with their proposal for the Clinical Excellence Award in James' memory and we felt it was right for the JBMF to fund the winner's professional registration fees; it was so appropriate. We are supported massively by this gesture to keep James' name and memory alive and we feel James would be happy for the JBMF to give something back for all that he was given whilst at Manchester Metropolitan. James would be both humbled and proud of what has been done to remember him in this way."
Christine and Gary Brownhill, parents of James Brownhill
"The James Brownhill Memorial Prize for Clinical Excellence is a wonderful tribute in memory of a gifted young man. He aspired to be a competent clinician, it is appropriate that his legacy recognises superior competence in others. The continued relationship between James’ family and the programme team means everything to us. Manchester Metropolitan University Physiotherapy is like a family, the Brownhills are a part of that family now."
Janet Rooney, Programme leader BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy and Tutor to James Brownhill
"I feel very privileged to receive the James Brownhill Memorial Prize. I am proud to have achieved an award, which not only commemorates a fellow professional’s life, but also rewards the hard work I put into my degree as well as assisting with the practical aspect of being a physiotherapist. I really appreciate the Brownhills generous support of the prize and receiving the prize was a lovely and unexpected surprise at a stressful time of my degree."
Sophie Austin, James Brownhill Memorial Prize Winner 2016
Leonard James Little studied Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University as a mature student and had very fond memories of his experiences studying here. The Prize was established in memory of him by his family, in 2011.
Open to all disciplines, an invited external professional selects the winner from students from the first classification category and the prize is awarded to the recipients at the Degree Preview Show.
"Winning the prize was completely unexpected and a massive confidence boost after the intense and uncertain period leading up to the degree show. It is an honor and a privilege to have something I can take forward in to my career as an artist."
Sarah Kasumi Dean, BA (Hons) Fine Art 2016
"Winning the prize is a such an honour. It is really lovely to receive recognition and it gives me confidence to keep pursuing making art. The prize money will also be a huge help in enabling me to continue making work as it will contribute to materials and research projects. Thank you so much to the Little family and friends."
Rebecca Halliwell Sutton, BA (Hons) Fine Art 2016
The Richard Hudson Prize for Best Digital Student at the University has been established in Richard’s memory by his wife, Jenny, to commemorate his life in a meaningful way and to remember his achievements.
The prize recognises the talents of students who are studying digital-related courses at Manchester Metropolitan University and was launched in 2015.
"I am extremely humbled for being awarded the Richard Hudson Prize. I have never had the honour to meet Mr Hudson but I am very fond of the work that he has done. This award means a lot to me - in many ways, it is a confirmation that there is value in the work I have been doing for the past three years and it inspires me to pursue a career in this direction."
Florin Nica, BA (Hons) Creative Media 2016 and second recipient of the prize