03 July 2014
Canterbury Christ Church University has announced the creation of a new bursary scheme, to be known as the Peggy Hayes Memorial Bursary, for the University's most talented postgraduate Music students.
Left to right: Professor Roderick Watkins (Dean of Arts and Humanities), Nicholas Andrews (Senior Legal Advisor at Furley Page Solicitors), Professor Rama Thirunamachandran (Vice-Chancellor), Dr David Allinson (Director of Music) and Catherine Kemp, a lifelong friend of Peggy Hayes.
Mrs Peggy Hayes had a long association with the University. Her husband John was the former Head of the History Department and she was a keen supporter of the Music Department and the St Gregory’s Project, which helped renovate the former church into a first class music venue for students, staff and the local community.
The generous bequest of £123, 522 from the estate of the late Mrs Peggy Hayes, will be invested for the next five years, with the interest generated used to fund two annual Music bursaries of £3,000. The Peggy Hayes Memorial Bursary will be offered to two of the most talented postgraduate Music students who are unable to secure a central bursary award, allowing the University to support its best students with the opportunity of postgraduate study.
After five years, the bursary scheme will be reviewed and a new proposal developed to ensure the legacy continues to be used effectively and in the spirit in which it was bequeathed.
Canterbury Christ Church University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, said: “We are honoured and privileged to receive this generous bequest from the Estate of Peggy Hayes, and we greatly appreciate it. These bursaries will allow us to keep our most talented Music students, who may otherwise not be able to consider studying Music at a postgraduate level due to financial barriers.”
In addition to the Memorial Bursaries, Mrs Peggy Hayes has also been commemorated by the History Department which has introduced an annual prize for History students in her memory.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey