10 October 2017

Two students from the University of Hertfordshire’s TV and Film production course will each receive a bursary, of £1,000 per year for 3 years, from the Royal Television Society (RTS).

Jessica Bell, from Colchester, and Arjun Dosanjh, from Birmingham, are both current students on the BA (Hons) Film and TV production course at the University of Hertfordshire, in Hatfield Hertfordshire.

During their studies, Jessica and Arjun will be given £1,000 per year to assist with their expenses and living costs. They will also 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.

The RTS bursary scheme 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 offers 22 bursaries for Television Production and Broadcast Journalism students which are funded by the RTS with support from All3Media.

Lyndsay Duthie, Lecturer in TV and Film production at the University of Hertfordshire, said: ‘We’re delighted that our students have been successful in gaining these bursaries which will not just support them financially as they train but enable them to create a network of contacts that will help them to develop a successful career in TV and Film Production. It’s really important to promote bursary schemes like the RTS one and it’s just one of the ways we help our students to develop great networks to improve their employability chances post-graduation.’

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 not 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 more information about RTS bursaries please see the following link.