Manchester Pride, Manchester Airport and easyJet launch inaugural Alan Turing Bursary

The chief executives of Manchester Pride, Manchester Airport and easyJet today announced the launch of the Alan Turing Bursary, a 1000 award to a promising student of computer sciences, plus the opportunity to undertake a week’s work experience shadowing the IT departments of both easyJet and Manchester Airport.

The chosen theme for this year’s Manchester Pride festival is ‘Queer’d Science’, in honour of the centenary of Alan Turing’s birth. Turing was a mathematician and the founding father of modern cognitive science, leading to his ground-breaking research on Artificial Intelligence, and instrumental in deciphering Enigma, the code which protected German radio communications during the Second World War. He was awarded with an OBE for his work and made a Fellow of the Royal Society.

The bursary, which will be granted to a student wishing to continue their studies in computer sciences at any educational institution within the United Kingdom, has received the full backing of the Turing family. The prize will be judged by representatives from Manchester Pride, Manchester Airport, easyJet, and the Turing Centenary board.

Manchester Pride CEO John Stewart said “The Alan Turing Bursary is a marvellous foundation for any student wanting to advance their future career in this exciting and continually evolving field, and I welcome easyJet and Manchester Airport’s support, as well as the endorsement of the Turing Centenary committee and his family. As Manchester is the site of Alan Turing’s pioneering work in Artificial Intelligence, and the birthplace the modern computer, it was felt that the award would be a fitting tribute to Turing’s enduring legacy”.

Carolyn McCall OBE, easyJet’s chief executive officer, said: “The Alan Turing Computer Science Bursary is a fantastic opportunity to support creativity in the field of computer science. We’re really proud to be associated with the event and I’d like to wish all the entrants the best of luck in securing this invaluable opportunity.”

Charlie Cornish, Chief Executive for the Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said: "Our joint sponsorship of the Manchester Pride festival, alongside one of our largest airlines, easyJet allows us to demonstrate our commitment to the LGBT community as we prepare to welcome thousands of international visitors to the region over the Bank Holiday. We are pleased to further cement this commitment by working together to launch the Alan Turing bursary and are pleased to support this move to carry on his legacy."

A form stating terms and conditions will be available on the Manchester Pride website. The closing date for entries is midnight 31 October 2012, with the eventual winner contacted on or before midnight 31 November 2012.

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Notes to Editors

Manchester Pride

Manchester Pride is an award-winning festival for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Pride Fringe will run from 17 - 27 August, with the Big Weekend running from 24 - 27 August 2012. Tickets for the Big Weekend are available from the manchesterpride.com website, or by ringing 0871 230 3450. Manchester Pride is a registered charity, raising money for LGBT and HIV charities and organisations in Greater Manchester.

easyJet

easyJet has been serving the city of Manchester and the North West of England for many years and it launched its base in Manchester in 2008. In the last four years its presence at Manchester Airport has more than trebled and it now provides passengers with access to 26 routes across Europe and the Middle East. Its most recent new routes are to Basel, Switzerland and Tel Aviv, Israel which both begin operating this autumn. easyJet operates Europe's No. 1 air transport network with a leading presence on Europe's top 100 routes and at Europe's 50 largest airports. easyJet flies on more than 600 routes between over 130 airports in 30 countries. More than 300 million Europeans live within one hour's drive of an easyJet airport, more than any other airline. The airline takes sustainability seriously. easyJet invests in the latest technology, operates efficiently and fills most of its seats which means that an easyJet passenger's carbon footprint is 22% less than a passenger on a traditional airline, flying the same aircraft on the same route.

Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport is the largest airport outside London with over 190 destinations served by 65 airlines. Manchester Airport is part of the Manchester Airports Group plc (MAG), the largest British owned airport group in the UK and is made up of three airports - Manchester, East Midlands, and Bournemouth - alongside the property side of the business, MAG Developments. The Airports currently handles more than 23 million passengers every year.

For more information, contact the Manchester Airport Press Office on 0161 489 2700 or via email at: press.office@manairport.co.uk

Published on: 23/08/2012 16:57:31