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It is with great sadness and fond memories that we remember our alumnus, Jack Merritt who died tragically in an attack at London Bridge this time last year. Jack and fellow Cambridge University alumna, Saskia Jones, lost their lives in a senseless killing which shocked and saddened us all.

“Jack is remembered with great affection by many in the Hughes Hall community – he had a special place in the hearts of staff, students and seniors alike – and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time,” said Dr Anthony Freeling, President.

We hope it is a fitting tribute that we can now announce a new scholarship in Jack’s memory. The Jack Merritt Scholarship is available for MPhil in Criminology applicants and will be awarded to a student from a Widening Participation background. The recipient will be selected in conjunction with the Institute of Criminology.

Jack Merritt

Jack was the Course Coordinator of the Learning Together programme which he joined having studied the MPhil in Criminology at Hughes Hall in 2016/17. Those who knew him speak of an inspiring person of generous spirit, and a keen sportsman who participated fully in College life.

This video, featuring Jack’s friend, Rosca Onya, is a moving testament to the way in which Jack positively affected the lives of many around him, and indeed how much he will be missed by so many people.

The University of Cambridge and former colleagues remembers him here.

November 2020