Education & Training

Apply to be RTS Young Technologist 2017 - deadline extended

Aimed at early career engineers in broadcasting or its related industries, the award celebrates the new talent making its mark on the industry.

The RTS Young Technologist of the Year Award is open to those working for fewer than five years within the technical side of broadcasting or its related industries. 

Judges will look for applicants who can already demonstrate their contribution to their sector and who have a good overview of the industry as a whole.

RTS announces 2019 undergraduate bursary recipients

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. 

Lydia Noakes’s TV Diary

Lydia Noakes (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

My week starts the way it has done most Mondays for the past three years – sitting in a university library. There’s one big difference. At this time of year, there is a veil of calm. The underlying current of stress has dissipated. It’s a big change from the tensions of exam season a month ago.

Chairs stand unoccupied and academic books are tossed aside. I am finally on my last chapter. This one is entitled “The real world of television”.

Lawrence Card named RTS Young Technologist of the Year 2019

Lawrence Card (Credit: BBC Academy)

Card has spent the last two years on the BBC Broadcast Engineer Trainee graduate scheme, working towards his MSc in Broadcast Engineering.

During this time, Card has worked with the Radio Projects, World Service Distribution and Research and Development’s Immersive and Interactive content team.

Card is currently investigating how AI and machine learning can assist programme teams who require vision monitoring for his final project.

RTS bursary students and mentors celebrate scheme’s success

Jonathan Brackly, Natalia Wiktorovicz, Joseph McCawley and Sam Vincent (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Addressing the students and mentors, RTS Education Chair Graeme Thompson said: “You are part of a thriving project, which is making a difference to representation in the TV and screen industry. We fervently believe that we reach the parts that others in the industry can’t reach – and that’s fantastic for the diversity of our industry.”

What does it take to be an RTS mentor?

RTS bursary students 2017 (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

RTS bursary student: Natasha Graham

Mentor: Julian Unthank​, Screenwriter

Natasha on Julian

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the mentoring programme. I was a bit nervous about being matched up with Julian. You never know what someone’s going to be like.

He was really nice, though. He called me straight away and asked me what I was interested in. He’s very down to earth. I like that about him.

He invited me to meet him at H Club London – we get membership as part of our RTS bursary, so that was nice.

RTS bursary alumni share tips with students at RTS Southern careers event

RTS bursary alumni Dean Massey is now a camera operator/editor for Sky News

Now in its 10th year, this annual event has become a Southern Centre institution.

Some 200 production-based students from regional universities met around 15 media professionals to discuss TV production, opportunities in the industry and career development.

One of the professionals offering advice at the event was Dean Massey, who in 2014 was part of the first batch of students to receive an RTS bursary. Massey, a graduate of Southampton Solent University’s Television and Video Production course, currently works for Sky News as a camera operator/editor.

How to take your idea from script to screen

The panellists (l-r) Tom Davis, James de Frond, Lara Singer and Andrew Brereton (Credit: RTS/Paul Hampartsoumian)

A packed RTS Futures event, Pitching Script to Screen, offered tips on how aspiring writers and producers should sell and hone their ideas.

Leading the expert panel of comedy and entertainment practitioners was Tom Davis, the star of the Bafta-award winning BBC Three sitcom, Murder in Successville.

Throughout the session he stressed there was no substitute for hard work and that even experienced TV actors and writers like himself never stopped learning.

Davis said that it was important to be “passionate” regarding the ideas you are trying to sell.