Scholarship honours murdered Lancaster student

Lancaster University has announced the annual Anuj Bidve Memorial Scholarship, in honour of its postgraduate student who was shot dead in Salford on Boxing Day.

The scholarship will fund a student graduating from the University of Pune in India, as Anuj did, to come to Lancaster University to study an MSc in the Engineering Department.

It is hoped that the first student to receive the award could come to Lancaster in October.

The university’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith said the scholarship, which is for fees and accommodation, has been agreed in line with the wishes of Anuj’s family.

He said: “The scholarship is a fitting and lasting way of remembering Anuj, who was an outstanding student.”

Kiaran Stapleton, 20, of Ordsall, Salford, has been charged with the student’s murder and is due to appeared at Manchester Crown Court via video-link on March 20.