TODAY marks a year since the brutal murder of Nahid Al-Manea.

The 31-year-old Essex University student from Saudi Arabia was stabbed 16 times on the Salary Brook Trail at about 10.35am on June 17.

She had been staying with her brother in Woodrow Way, Greenstead, Colchester, while improving her English as part of her PhD in Life Science.

She was killed on her way to the university.

The Almanea Scholarship for science was set up by Essex University and dedicated to her memory.

It will be awarded to one full time international Masters student in the Faculty of Science and Health and will be offered for the first time in September.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student who “demonstrates a global outlook and shares our commitment to widening access to education across the world”, according to a spokesman for Essex University The full scholarship includes full funding for the Masters and a £10,000 allowance, courtesy of donations made in her honour.

A 16-year-old from Colchester, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been arrested and charged with her murder and the murder of 33-year-old James Attfield, who was killed in March last year.

The boy was remanded into custody following a court appearance earlier this month.

He will next appear for a plea and case management hearing next month.

During the past fortnight searches have been taking place along the River Colne and around the Hythe after officers received new information about the possible weapons.

A spokesman for Essex Police confirmed “nothing of significance” had been found but more searches are possible.