Posted on 5 October 2017
The Royal Television Society (RTS) – Britain's leading forum for television and related media and an educational charity whose purpose is to promote the art and science of television announced on the 2nd October the recipients of its 2017 undergraduate bursary scheme, which aims to widen participation in media and related industries and support talented students from lower income backgrounds seeking to pursue a career in television.
The 2017 bursary scheme offered 22 bursaries for Television Production and Broadcast Journalism students and seven bursaries for Computing and Engineering undergraduates, bringing the total amount invested in the two schemes this year to £87,000. The schemes are funded by the RTS with support from All3Media, who have sponsored two places.
From the University of York, those that are receiving the Television Production and Broadcast Journalism bursary towards studying the BSc (Hons) Film and Television Production Course are Eve Hill and Tom Maynard.
During their studies, each recipient will be given £1,000 per year to assist with their expenses and living costs. In addition, each beneficiary will receive free membership of the RTS and The Hospital Club while studying, and one year’s free membership of the RTS after they graduate. In their final year of study, the RTS will also aim to set-up mentoring opportunities with one of its industry members.
Theresa Wise, CEO of the Royal Television Society, says “The RTS has supported 101 inspiring and talented individuals towards their educational goals via our bursary schemes. The schemes are important as they offer those from lower income backgrounds only financial support, but access to mentoring and a network of contacts within the broadcasting industry.
“It is great to see the schemes continue to grow and such a high calibre of applicants seeking to begin their journey within the industry. This year we have awarded two additional bursaries bringing the total to 29. This includes the Steve Hewlett Scholarship. Steve was a vehement campaigner for improving access to the media industry and we are pleased to carry on his legacy through this scheme.
“As well as welcoming our new bursary recipients, 2017 also sees our first round of graduates. There have been some excellent results and I look forward to supporting and following the progression and their careers.”
The recipients were selected by a panel of industry professionals following an open call to UK students applying for courses at accredited Universities. For further information please visit https://www.rts.org.uk/education-training/rts-bursaries.