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RTS launches 2017 bursary scheme

The Royal Television Society (RTS) has launched its undergraduate bursary schemes for 2017, investing over £75,000 to support UK students from lower income backgrounds.

The RTS is offering 20 bursaries to students studying accredited Television Production and Broadcast Journalism degree courses. A further five technology bursaries, aimed at encouraging some of the most talented students to consider a career in television, are available to students studying computing and engineering at UK universities.

Bursary recipients will receive £1,000 per year of their studies, as well as free membership of both the RTS and affiliate membership of private members club The Hospital Club while studying and one year’s free membership of the RTS post-graduation. They will also have access to mentoring from RTS members as well as partners including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky.

Theresa Wise, RTS CEO, said: “As an educational charity, the Royal Television Society is committed to helping young people from diverse backgrounds, particularly those who display a real passion to work in TV, realise their potential and get a foothold on the careers ladder. The television industry is a fast moving and varied one offering many different opportunities, and we are keen to hear from students wishing to pursue careers in all areas of the industry – from researcher and producer to camera operators, sound recordists and script-writers to news reporters and potential directors.”