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The Kate Kneebone Acorn Bursary

About the Award

The Kate Kneebone Acorn Bursary, established in 2013, is an annual commemorative award of £500 funded by the Kneebone family and ARM, the UK based semiconductor IP company.

All Second Year undergraduate students in the School of Computer Science are invited to apply for the award which, in addition to the funding, offers, with no obligation, the opportunity to discuss a salaried internship placement (preferably with an Engineering bias) with ARM in Cambridge.

Commemorative background

The bursary is awarded in memory of Kate Kneebone, a former student of the School of Computer Science who graduated with a First Class Honours Degree and worked for a number of years as a development engineer at ARM. The title of the award refers to the Acorn Computer, a machine that first sparked Kate's interest in Computer Science and that has strong links to Manchester through Professor Steve Furber, its principal designer.

Award Criteria

All Second Year undergraduate students in the School of Computer Science are eligible to apply for the bursary. It will be awarded on the grounds of academic merit to a student who has shown commitment, determination, enthusiasm, personal application and promise.

Application Process

Students may apply using this application form, which should be returned to Paul Nuter either on paper or by email (

The deadline for applications is 17:00 11 December 2020.

The recipient of the award will be announced in mid-December. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application.