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Oakeshott Bursary

A Non Profit-making Organisation Devoted To The Interests Of The Gloucestershire Parish Of South Cerney And Cerney Wick

Oakeshott Bursary

Bursaries available for South Cerney students

The Michael Oakeshott Bursary is awarded annually to selected village students who are about to set out on their university studies. It's named in honour of Professor Michael Oakeshott, who was a charismatic chair of the Trust and author of three key histories about the parish.

A bursary of between £100 and £150 is normally awarded to one or two applicants each year.

Applications are invited from undergraduate students who are resident in South Cerney or Cerney Wick. They should be made in writing to the Trust between May and August.

Please include your name, address and course details and say why you should be awarded a bursary. Any course of higher education qualifies for consideration but preference will be given to those studying subjects that mirror the Trust's (and Michael Oakeshott's) interest in history.

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About Michael Oakeshott

Michael Oakeshott (1935-2004) was a graduate of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge where he read medieval history. He went on to an illustrious career in school, college and adult education which culminated in him being conferred Emeritus Professor of History by Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education in 1991.

Once retired to South Cerney, where he and his wife had moved in 1984, Michael resumed his passion for historical research, becoming Chairman of the Trust in 1993. Among his many achievement was to confirm South Cerney's Saxon charter status of 999 and to spark the millennium celebrations of 1999 which were graced by the Princess Royal.

Then came his books about the village - first in 2001 Fertile Fields and Small Settlements: A History of South Cerney and Cerney Wick; then All Hallows, South Cerney: A Guide and Some Historical Notes to the village church (2002). His third book - The Parish in Pictures: South Cerney and Cerney Wick around 1900 - was published in 2003.

Read more about Michael Oakeshott's books on South Cerney here.