The Royal Television Society has awarded the recipients of its 2022 undergraduate bursaries, which support young people from lower income backgrounds who are interested in working in the television industry, from production to technology.
This year, a total of 45 bursaries have been awarded across TV Production and Journalism and the newly created Digital Innovation Bursary. The new Digital Innovation Bursary is in place to support students specifically in the digital space who are pushing boundaries and innovating, and for 2022 eight students have received the inaugural bursary, said the RTS.
The number of awarded bursaries is the highest since 2014, with each student receiving £1,000 per year to assist with their expenses and living costs as well as a free RTS membership while studying, with an additional year after they graduate. In their final year of study, the RTS will also aim to set up mentoring opportunities matching each awardee with one of its industry members.
Speaking about the scheme, Theresa Wise, RTS CEO, said: “Year upon year the RTS scholars continue to create fantastic work and push our industry forward through their creativity and innovation. This year’s bursary recipients are no different, and we’re delighted to recognise their achievements and also provide them with the industry support required to help them on their journey to a career in the television space.
“Thanks as ever go to those across the industry who have supported our bursary programme. Some of the supporters have also been bursary recipients themselves and it is wonderful to see them come back and put their support behind the next generation of students who I have no doubt will go on to do incredible things.”
More details on the bursary scheme, and details of the 2023 scheme are available here.