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ARU announces Saskia Jones Memorial Scholarship

Published: 30 November 2020 at 16:31

Saskia Jones in her graduation gown

PhD studentship in memory of former student will begin in September 2021

The Saskia Jones Memorial Scholarship has been established by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) to commemorate the former student who, together with Jack Merritt, was murdered in the London Bridge attack last year.  

Saskia was a truly exceptional student on ARU’s Criminology and Psychology course and an inspirational alumni, having graduated in 2017.  Saskia lost her life while working to support a prisoner rehabilitation and education event at Fishmonger’s Hall on 29 November 2019.

She was passionately committed to promoting social justice and inclusion. In particular, Saskia was focused on understanding and tackling sexual violence, and developing effective, survivor-focused strategies to prevent it.  
As a way of celebrating and commemorating Saskia’s life and work, the Saskia Jones Memorial Scholarship is a fully-funded, three year, cross-disciplinary PhD studentship at ARU.  

The PhD studentship, which will begin in September 2021, will contribute to ARU’s ‘safe and inclusive communities’ research theme, and the work of the Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER).  

Professor Roderick Watkins, Vice Chancellor of ARU, said:

“Saskia’s brutal and sudden death affected our community most deeply.  

“I hope that, in this small way, we can ensure Saskia’s memory is kept very much alive at ARU, and that her passion and determination inspire other outstanding ARU students to help build a safer, more inclusive future.”