DM Hall launches annual bursary scheme in tribute to late senior partner

John H Young

DM Hall has announced the launch of a £500 annual bursary scheme open to any student entering the MSc course in real estate management at the University of Glasgow.

The scheme, which will begin later this year, honours the contribution made to surveying and to the firm by its former senior partner, John H Young.

John Hamilton Young, who died in June 2021 aged 80, was described as ‘instrumental’ in helping to turn one of Scotland’s oldest surveying firms, DM Hall, into the force it is today.

He joined the business, which was established in 1897, in 1970, and opened its Glasgow office before spearheading an expansion in the 1980s which led to the firm now having 24 offices throughout Scotland and 250 staff.

He became a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 1973, and for many years was an influential voice for the Scottish property sector on a variety of RICS committees.

In 1985, he was made senior partner and increased DM Hall’s footprint with new office openings to meet rising demands of homeowners and a new property-owning environment. His daughter, Katie Craig, is also a chartered surveyor and was made a partner at DM Hall earlier this year.

Katie Craig

Alan Gordon, DM Hall’s senior partner, said, “John Young was a big man in every sense and as a partnership, we believe it is fitting that there should be an annual, highly practical commemoration of his life and work. This bursary is part of his legacy which continues today with a significant number of partners still in the business who owe their careers in DM Hall and the chartered surveying profession to the opportunities handed to them by ‘JY’ many years ago.”

Alan Gordon

Dr Tunbosun Oyedokun, programme director and lecturer in real estate (urban studies) at the University of Glasgow, added, “My colleagues and I greatly appreciate this generous bestowment by DM Hall in tribute to Mr Young, and will ensure that all our students are aware of his substantial contribution to their chosen field of study. The bursary will undoubtedly support the beneficiaries in realising their ambition of becoming chartered surveyors. We are honoured that DM Hall chose our Masters programme for the award.”

Applications for the John H Young Bursary should be made from 1-21 October each year to and should comprise a CV and a brief, future-focused personal statement of no more than 350 words.