The BBC’s big educational push

In the week before lockdown began and schools were closed across the UK, the BBC’s Children’s and Education department realised it had a special duty in this national emergency.

 “At that moment, we started to see stretching out before us what the BBC should do in terms of education during the pandemic. We set the ball rolling,” says Alice Webb, director of BBC Children’s and Education.

RTS Student Masterclasses


10.00am – 11.00am              Journalism Masterclass

                                                 Speaker: Mobeen Azhar, Presenter and Journalist


12.00pm – 1.00pm                Drama Masterclass

                                                   Speaker: Lisa Holdsworth, Writer and Chair of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (New Tricks, Midsomer Murders, Ackley Bridge, All Creatures Great and Small)

RTS Student Masterclasses


10.00am – 11.00am               Camerawork Masterclass

                                                  Speaker: Georgina Kiedrowski


12.00pm – 1.00pm                Sound Masterclass

                                                 Speakers: Kate Hopkins and Mark Roberts (Frozen Planet, 1900 Island)


2.00pm – 3.00pm                 Documentary Masterclass

RTS announces 2019 undergraduate bursary scholars

The 2019 RTS bursary cohort (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

2019 sees the RTS offering more than double the number of bursaries compared to the number at launch in 2014.

This year, the list of eligible courses was substantially expanded and for the first time the RTS invited applications from students studying a ScreenSkills accredited higher national diploma. For 2019, 35 bursaries for Television Production and Broadcast Journalism students and eight bursaries for Technology students have been awarded. 

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.

My RTS Bursary Diary: Victor Hampson

RTS Bursary Students Victor Hampson, Kayleigh Jones and Richard Walker (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

I recently spent a week in the commissioning department at UKTV. I arrived at the reception and gave my name, braced for the understandable response that I should leave immediately due to my lack of relevance and the fact that everyone here was very busy getting on with their jobs. But no, I was welcomed in.

As I walked through the turnstile, I expected alarms to ring out - “Unauthorised entry! You do not belong here! And also sort your hair out; seriously, what’s going on there?” but once again I passed through without an eyebrow raised.

Launch Event - RTS Student Awards 2018

This event will be of interest to television students and lecturers who want to hear more about how to enter this prestigious competition. We will outline the criteria, categories, entry procedures and timeframe for the forthcoming awards. Coming along to this event ensuring you submit your entry correctly is the first important step towards getting your hands on a coveted RTS Scotland trophy.