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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, seven students have been awarded this prize in recognition of their achievements.
"I feel extremely honoured to receive The Bown Prize for Outstanding Design Portfolio, especially considering the standard of work across Manchester School of Architecture. I was extremely overwhelmed when presented with the award as I feel my work is valued and as a result I feel encouraged to keep working hard to become the best I can be in Architecture. I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to the Bown family for the support and confidence this award has given me."
Emily Daye, MArch and Bown Prize recipient 2018
Mr Burjor Avari, MBE, passed away on 29 March 2019 from kidney cancer. Throughout his illness, he remained positive, calm and always eager to read, write and discuss everything with friends, family and colleagues. He was a gentle soul who was passionate about learning and cared deeply for the rights of others.
Burjor came to Britain in 1955. He was the first Parsi Zoroastrian student from Mombasa, Kenya to receive a scholarship to study in the UK. He spent seven years pursuing higher education at Manchester and Oxford Universities. He taught history in secondary schools and at the Manchester Metropolitan University over a period of 46 years between 1966 and 2012. He loved university life. He published university grade text books on Indian history. He was a pioneer in the teaching of multicultural education, race relations training and the encouragement of diversity in history teaching. For these sterling efforts, he was honoured with an MBE by HM The Queen in 1988. During the last 25 years, he introduced a variety of extra-mural education projects as part of the university's outreach programme enabling access to non-academic members from different communities and backgrounds. These lectures were well attended and appreciated by many people. In 2003, he was given the position of an Honorary Research Fellow. Burjor was a true Mancunian and always loyal to the city.
It was at his Celebration of Life, on April 12 2019, that his friends and colleagues thought of the idea to set up an annual memorial lecture in honour of Burjor, to be held at the Manchester Metropolitan University. This would continue to promote Burjor’s passion for multiculturalism and his continual drive for diversity and equality. The idea had the immediate backing of Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh together with several university colleagues who formed a committee, led by Dr. Tidings P. Ndhlovu, Senior Lecturer in Economics. Burjor’s wife Zarin, brother Noshir and daughters Rushna and Anahita are also part of the committee to continue his legacy. The funds will go towards the expenditure of the speakers’ travel, accommodation, fees and other associated costs.
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 delighted to receive the Dorothy Bennison Embroidery award. The Prize was a wonderful surprise and I feel honoured to have my work recognised. The award highlights the roots of the course embedded within embroidery and it is wonderful to learn about Dorothy's own love for embroidery. Thank you!"
Lucy Kent, BA (Hons) Textiles in Practice and Prize recipient 2019
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
"'It was an honour to receive the James Brownhill Memorial Award for clinical excellence this year from Gary and Christine. To be acknowledged for clinical skills rather than academic work was overwhelming, as just like James I scored higher in practice placements but essays and exams I slumped. Thanks again to Gary and Christine, it was a pleasure to meet you."
Laura Cape, James Brownhill Memorial Prize Winner 2019
Dr Jeffery Jifeng Ding was a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University between 2004 and 2011. He taught Chemistry at the Division of Chemistry and Environmental Science and was also active in schools’ liaison and led a successful chemistry admissions team. He was also a respected hall warden where he provided pastoral support and guidance to many students. Jeff was an extremely dedicated member of staff and very popular among his colleagues and students at Manchester Metropolitan University.
The Ding Family Memorial Fund, set up from donations from friends of the Ding family after his death in 2011, decided to establish The Jeff Ding Chemistry Prize for Chemistry students in the Department of Natural Sciences, in commemoration of Jeff’s work at the MMU, his dedication to Chemistry teaching and his affection for his students. The prize is to be awarded annually to students who have demonstrated outstanding effort in their degree as selected by the Chemistry academic staff at the University.
"It is a huge honour to be selected for the Jeff Ding Chemistry Prize and I am very grateful to his family and to all those who donated towards his prize fund. As a part-time student and full-time employee of EDF Energy, I have worked really hard throughout my degree and this positive recognition has made me feel more motivated and inspired to continue my efforts. Please accept my thanks for this fantastic opportunity!"
Faye Abel, BSc (Hons) Chemistry 2017
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.
"I would like to say a huge thank you to the family of Leonard James Little and all those who donated to fund prize. Graduating from Fine Art is a scary time and to be able to have a small boost and help to keep my creation and art going has been incredible. I feel so honoured and with this wonderful gift I am able to create a new artwork which will be dedicated to this prize. Again a huge thanks to the family; what a wonderful way to keep a brilliant man's legacy alive."
Candice Dehnavi, BA (Hons) Fine Art 2019
Pamela Ryland completed her studies at the Manchester Art College (now the University's Manchester School of Art), in 1960. Embarking on a career in Interior Design, Exhibition Design, Textiles and Fashion, Pam ran her own interior design business, Ebury Interiors, in Belgravia, London and in Cheltenham. Pamela passed away on 25 May 2016, aged 80.
The Pamela Ryland Prize, funded by a legacy gift from Pam, was established in her memory, to benefit talented students of the Manchester School of Art. The Prize is awarded annually to two Interior Design students. One final year undergraduate student and one current student of the University benefit from a prize worth £250 each.
“Receiving this award was been a huge surprise and delight. I feel extremely proud and honoured to be a part of Pamela Ryland’s legacy, and will use this award as motivation in the next steps of my journey as a designer.”
Kaitlin Brack, BA (Hons) Interior Design
"It was a great honour to receive The Pamela Ryland Prize. The award made me realise that all the hard work and effort I have put into my degree so far has been recognised and valued. Receiving the prize has become motivation and has strengthened my approach towards my final year as an interior design student. I am extremely obliged to have been chosen to receive the award."
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 still in shock that I have been awarded The Richard Hudson Prize 2019. I found my love for digital practice over the last year and it has taken over my life. Being honoured with this special award has given me the confidence to pursue a career, combining two areas I truly feel passionate about. I hope seeing a Textiles student being awarded this Prize will inspire others to explore and try new things while studying at Manchester Met, even in their last term at University. I really want to make Richard and his family proud."
Jemma Betterton, BA (Hons) Textiles in Practice 2019
A year ago, the University heard the sad news of the death of Dr Steve Mansfield. Many colleagues have since paid tribute to Steve’s pioneering work as the Faculty of Business and Law’s first-ever Associate Head for Student Employability in equipping the Faculty with a strategic and detailed plan for Employability and his exceptional achievements in a very short time.
Dr Madeleine Mansfield, University of Chester and former colleague of the Department of Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, has generously endowed a memorial prize in her husband, Steve’s memory.
The Steve Mansfield Employability Award encourages employability skills in Business and Law Final Year students who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to furthering their personal employability. The prize will be awarded to a student who has gone the extra mile on employability and is open to all departments and schools in the Faculty.
Both the scheme and its judging criteria have been guided by the way, in which Steve defined employability and the values he attached to it, so that his personal approach and its transformative effect on the prospects and life chances of our graduates can continue in a very practical way.
The winning student receives a £250 prize and a package of bespoke transition support. We look forward to presenting the Award to our first deserving recipient, Mohanad Metwally during this year’s graduation ceremonies.
"It is a great honour to be selected for this prestigious award in its first year. I would like to thank the other finalists for being so inspiring, the University and Students' Union for the opportunities they provided that helped me achieve this award, and my family for always pushing me to improve myself and never give up."
Mohanad Metwally, LLB student, The Steve Mansfield Employability Award recipient 2017 pictured with Madeleine Mansfield