John Maynard

University of Greenwich alumnus, volunteer and donor.

John Maynard started his journey at Greenwich as a mature student, graduating with an MA in History in 2017. He enjoyed his time at the University so much that he established the Visionary Scholarship.

John Maynard

When John first attended university in the late 1960s, he was a young man from a state school and living away from home for the first time. The experience was life-enriching and of fundamental importance to John’s character and career.

Fifty years later, John truly appreciated the enthusiasm, knowledge and commitment of Greenwich’s teaching staff and found interacting with students again an enlightening and refreshing experience.

The 2-year course was over too soon, and John has maintained an ongoing relationship with Greenwich through philanthropy, including giving back his time to mentor entrepreneurial students.

Most recently John has sponsored the new Visionary Scholarship, a £5,000 award for first-year students who have overcome challenges to gain their places at university. There were 21 nominations by teachers from partner schools and colleges overall.

Isobel McKay and Joshua Feria De La Torre were the first recipients of the Scholarship, which represents a £5,000 award for first-year students who have overcome challenges to gain their places at university. We caught up with Isobel and Joshua to find out how the Scholarship has made a difference to their studies. Reflecting on what drove her to come to Greenwich Isobel noted “On the Open Day I was impressed by Dr Diane Gan,  who outlined the course to us, and the talk given by the lecturer Peter Smith. I also loved the atmosphere and the overall feel of the campus.”

Isobel is now starting her second year of the BSc Hons Computer Security and Forensics degree and says the scholarship helped her to “invest in the latest equipment and software, which then helped my coursework, giving me a fantastic advantage.” She said that she is most looking forward to “attending in-person lectures, and actually meeting my classmates and tutors” in the coming year. Ultimately, it is Isobel’s dream goal to “achieve top marks despite my dyslexia, and gain employment within the cyber security world.”

The Scholarship was a fantastic boost to my self-confidence, giving recognition to the effort I had put in over and above with the challenges I faced. To John Maynard, I would like to say thank you for enabling the recognition of my efforts and the chance to shine.

Joshua will be starting his second year of the BSc Hons Computer Science  degree and said that the Visionary Scholarship was a great help as it allowed him to “purchase booms and other equipment for my course and will help pay for travel costs.” For Joshua, any career in the computing industry would be the dream, “I want to work with computers – anything from programming to gaming. I hope I will be able to do this, and hope that no one thinks my autism will be a barrier. ”

I think the Scholarship is a good idea as it will help people to get things for their course and make it easier with funds, as uni can cost a lot of money. I am grateful to get this and thank the sponsor as I don’t come from a wealthy family so this really does help.