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The Association is involved with a variety of events throughout the year, including Old Boys Sports Day, the London Dinner and the Annual Reunion, which is held at the Hall. However, part of the Association’s raison d’etre is also to support the current community within the Hall, and it does this by supporting JCR projects; in the past the squash court, the gym and the new bar were built with help from the Association, and more recently, in the summer term of 1999, it matched the JCR’s contribution towards the cost of a full set of books from the Everyman library. Funding to assist with sports tours and buying new sports kit has also been provided in recent years.

The Preston Scholarship

A Portrait of Ronald PrestonIts most significant recent innovation is the Preston Scholarship, an annual bursary to be awarded to a student resident in St Anselm Hall in memory of former warden the Rev Canon Professor R.H. Preston. Ronald Preston was an active Christian Socialist with degrees behind him from the London School of Economics and St Catherine’s Society Oxford when he arrived at St Anselm Hall in 1948 to take over the wardenship. He was passionate about student welfare and pastoral care, particularly in a Christian context, and fused these two interests in St Anselm Hall which he revived after its misfortunes during the war years.
He negotiated its sale to the University of Manchester in 1956 and presided over its physical expansion to its current form: the Dining Hall, Summerfield and Manor Wings, Chapel and Lodge all date from Preston’s time. In 1963 he left St Anselm Hall to take up a residentiary canonry at Manchester Cathedral, before being awarded the University’s first Chair in Pastoral and Social Theology. He died in 2001.

Previous Preston Scholars:

2005-06: Christopher Wooldridge (Dentistry 2nd Year)
2006-07: Tomas Jacko (Politics and International Relations 2nd Year)
2007-08: Craig Hooper (Chemical Engineering 2nd Year) and Nicholas Sharp (Economics and Social Studies 2nd Year)
2008-09: Harrison Child (Dentistry 3rd Year)
2009-10: Luke Keller (German 2nd Year)
2010-11: Simon Anderson (Dentistry 5th Year)
2011-12: Marcel Thomas (History 3rd Year)
2012:13: Oliver Stout (Philosophy 3rd Year)
2013-14: Casian Marian (Accounting and Finance 3rd Year) and James Burlison (Theoretical Physics 3rd Year)
2014-15: Will Thompson (Business and Chinese 3rd Year)
2015-16: Alex Stead (Computer Science 2nd Year)

The St Anselm Hall Association have financed an honours board which is located in the hall dining room and records the names of those who have been awarded the Preston Scholarship.

Application Form

An application form for the Preston Scholarship can be downloaded by clicking the link below (Adobe Acrobat Reader required):

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Application Form

Nominations for the award are accepted in the third term of each academic year.

The Award

1. The Preston Scholarship is a financial trust award to be made to a member of St Anselm Hall. It is not strictly a scholarship, but a bursary award to be made on an annual basis. The aim or point of the award is to financially assist and reward a resident who has been a contributor to hall life.

2. Although it was clear there was scope to assist a student in financial need, it was felt that a contribution to the hall community should be considered the more important basis for the award. There are many disadvantages when you start considering the requirements for assessing and ruling over the financial statements and circumstances of individuals, although this can also be taken into account should it be felt necessary in extenuating circumstances.

3. In cases of exceptional financial hardship, the University has Access Funds available which can be used to provide modest grants to students who qualify. Information is made widely available on notice boards throughout the University at the beginning of term. If students do get worried about their financial affairs, they should seek advice straight away so as not to fall deeper and deeper into debt.

4. It would be unreasonable to expect the Warden to select the person for the award and the Warden does not wish to be given this responsibility. The decision needs to be reached by the committee. Individuals can nominate themselves or others for the award in the final term of the year. Based on the receipt of completed forms, individuals will be considered for the award. The list of individuals and their applications will be passed to the Association to consider.

5. It was felt important to indicate that the Preston Scholarship is awarded by the Hall Association (from the Old Boys). The distinction between the Alumni and the University as the source of the award needs to be made clear.

6. Accessibility. The award should be open to all continuing or graduating members of the hall, irrespective of year of study, ethnicity, religion or any other discriminatory factor.

7. The Preston Scholarship will be awarded as a direct financial award. It is a non-repayable award. It will be made at the end of each given academic year. The reason for this being that there is plenty of opportunity for all members of the hall to demonstrate their merit over the course of the year.

8. Allocation of funds. In circumstances where more than one individual is felt to have made a substantial benefit, the award may be split between a number of individuals. The minimum amount to be awarded in one year is: £500.

9. An individual may only be awarded the Preston Scholarship once during their time in hall.

10. A record of those the fund has been awarded to should be maintained in the hall and made public. Details of who has been awarded the Preston Scholarship are to be published in the Association Newsletter with a brief summary of the reasons for the award being made.

We enjoy hearing from Old Anselmians, and we look forward to seeing you at one of the reunions in the near future.

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The Clerk to the St. Anselm Hall Association,
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