Cheshire Freemasons help student at Cambridge University

Sunday, 13 March 2022

Kieran began his studies at the University of Chester in September 2016 on the BA Archaeology (Hons) course. It was in this time that he began his journey in Freemasonry after he made an enquiry with the team stationed on the University Lodge of Chester’s Freshers’ Fair stall. He was initiated into the University Lodge of Chester No.4477 in March of 2017; rising to the rank of Master Mason in December of 2018. After this, he took up the role of Junior Deacon, in which he assisted in several multiple-candidate ceremonies

Kieran Gleave graduated from the University of Chester in July 2019 with a First-Class Archaeology Degree and decided to continue his studies. Having visited several University Open Days, he settled on the MPhil Heritage Studies Course at the University of Cambridge. However due to funding constraints he was considerably short of the sum to cover his living expenses for the year of study.

He began to save! Putting aside a considerable portion of each payslip, working first at Sainsburys in their currency exchange and then as a Commercial Archaeologist with the University of Salford. In October 2019 he applied to the University of Cambridge and was offered a place on the MPhil course, with Sidney Sussex as his College. Unfortunately, he was still short of the necessary funds for field trips and books.

Kieran then contacted the Secretary of the University Lodge of Chester to see if they could help. A successful application for a bursary was made to The Association of Medical, University and Legal Lodges (AMULL), Kieran receiving one of their five annual bursaries of £1000. Kieran has now successfully applied to study for a PhD in Archaeology at Cambridge, commencing in October 2022. Kieran says “I am so grateful to have received the AMULL grant which has helped my dreams come true – Thanks to all those in Cheshire who have helped me along my study path.

He is enjoying life at Cambridge so far and he is finding the course remarkably interesting and rewarding. In early 2022 he applied for a PhD in Archaeology at Cambridge, to which he has been made an offer to continue studying there, commencing in October 2022.

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