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Jane Slowey memorial Bursary 2019 recipients

Megan Fereday

Megan is Communications Assistant at Commonweal Housing.

Memorial bursary awarded to University of Birmingham students

Commonweal Housing is proud to announce the recipients of our Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary 2019.

Megan Scanlon and Shayne Saysell will be receiving bursaries of £2,500 each to support them in their final-year research. Shayne’s research will explore public perceptions of police legitimacy, and the role of procedural justice in reflecting these attitudes; whilst Megan is investigating the housing needs of offenders versus the needs of the communities in which they are resettled.

Megan said, “I am truly thankful for this unmissable opportunity and delighted that I have been a successful recipient of the Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary.”

The bursary will be of great help in supporting my studies, as I am able to put more time and resources into my final year work to produce a high quality research project. With a particular interest in housing and injustice, I am keen to develop my knowledge so I really look forward to my involvement with Commonweal. 

Megan Scanlon, Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary 2019 recipient

Shayne said, “I am so happy that I have been nominated for the Jane Slowey Memorial award.”

“I especially am looking forward to working with Commonweal housing, to help in aiding research contributions towards community relations and exploring how housing agencies can work in partnership with the criminal justice system to help bring about positive change to community relations as a whole.”

Shayne Saysell, Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary 2019 recipient

The bursary remembers Commonweal’s late trustee Jane Slowey CBE, who sadly passed away in 2017. Her immeasurable impact upon Commonweal helped to shape it from its very beginnings into an award-winning pioneer of action-learning.

The bursary is open to students at Birmingham University’s School of Social Policy who are researching housing, social justice and young people in their final year of study.

Shayne and Megan are the second recipients of the bursary, which first opened in 2018. One of last year’s winners, Jessica Duncan, said: “Being selected for the Jane Slowey Memorial Bursary is an incredible opportunity which will enable me to give time and resources to my dissertation that I wouldn’t otherwise have had access to.”

“I’m so grateful to Commonweal for the opportunity which has motivated me even further to focus my work and hopefully create a really valuable piece of research.”

Shayne and Megan will be invited to present their dissertation work to a select group of Commonweal’s friends, staff, Trustees and members of Jane Slowey’s immediate family, at a celebration event in the summer.

To find out more about the bursary, visit the University of Birmingham’s website.