My RTS Bursary Diary: Paula Melissa Ugochukwu

RTS Bursary Students at Buckingham Palace for the Prince of Wales' 70th Birthday

When I learnt of the Royal Television Society (RTS) bursaries in 2015, I knew I had to apply. Any organisation actively committed to the diversification and inclusion of underrepresented groups within the British media will always hold a place in my heart. Plus, being part of the RTS is a great opportunity to network with media industry leaders - an opportunity that I was very unlikely to stumble across as a young black woman, from a low-income family.

Applications open for the John Schofield Trust mentoring scheme

Benjamin Zand, 2016 RTS Young Talent of the Year winner (Credit: BBC)

The scheme partners senior news operators which in the past has included Channel 4’s Matt Frei and BBC broadcaster Jeremy Bowen, with journalists who are in the early stages of their career.

Now in its sixth year, the Trust is expanding its selection criteria to include those entering journalism from non-traditional routes.

Margaret Emsley: 'Our programmes must fully reflect the community that we serve.'

Having cut her teeth as a print news journalist, Margaret Emsley has spent the last 18 years at ITV Yorkshire working on the Calendar regional news programme in Leeds. Starting out as a bulletin writer, she worked her way up the ranks and today oversees the entire production of the daily news show. 

University announces funding for aspiring wildlife filmmakers

Working in partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, the university is offering one student a full fee bursary on a one year course in Wildlife Filmmaking. 

The course includes masterclasses and personal mentoring from experts in the field, and practical experience from staff at the BBC's Natural History Unit and Bristol-based company Plimsoll Productions.   


RTS Bursary Student Abigail Freeman (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

The RTS has this year invested £75,000 in two schemes – offering 20 bursaries for Television Production and Broadcast Journalism students and, for the first time, five bursaries for Computing and Engineering undergraduates. The bursaries aim to widen participation in media and related industries and support talented students from lower income backgrounds seeking to pursue a career in television. During their studies, each recipient will be given £1,000 per year to assist with their expenses.

Catch up with the RTS Bursary recipients

RTS Bursary Student Suzanne Pearson (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

The Royal Television Society is committed to supporting UK undergraduates who wish to pursue a career in television. Our Television Production and Broadcast Journalism Undergraduate Bursary scheme offers 20 awards to undergraduates from lower income backgrounds planning on studying at Creative Skillset-accredited universities.

To find out more and apply for either our 2015 Television Production and Broadcast Bursary or our new Technology Bursary click here.