The RTS has selected 44 promising scholars for its 2023 bursary schemes.

Across the 44 recipients, 34 were selected for the TV Production and Journalism Bursary (TVPJ) and 10 for the Digital Innovation Bursary (DI). Two TVPJ recipients were also awarded named scholarships. Amelia Nicola received the Steve Hewlett Scholarship, and Cerys Horner received the Beryl Vertue Scholarship, introduced by the RTS in 2022 for a candidate with an interest in producing.

Apple TV+ is supporting the scheme in 2023, with All3Media, the Steve Hewlett Memorial Fund, Hartswood Films and STV continuing their generous support from previous years.

STV has selected eight TVPJ and one DI bursary recipient for 2023, who will receive financial support, an STV mentor, and work experience.

The successful scholars for 2023 attend 32 universities and institutions across the UK and will each receive financial support to assist with their expenses and living costs along with a free RTS membership while studying, with an additional year after they graduate. In their final year of study, the RTS will also set up mentoring opportunities, matching each awardee with one of their industry members.

Theresa Wise, CEO of the Royal Television Society, said: “This year we have received the highest number of applications to date and have had the difficult task of narrowing this down to just 44 talented individuals embarking on further education with the drive to work in our industry. It is extremely important to the RTS to provide support, guidance and opportunities to the next generation who will be building and changing the UK and international television industry and we couldn’t do this without the support and donations we receive – we are delighted for Apple TV+ to be on board this year alongside our existing partners.”

To date, the RTS has invested over £ 1 million in the scheme and supported 325 bursary scholars throughout their education. The schemes attract widespread industry backing in the form of donations to fund bursaries and in-kind support, such as mentoring, hosting networking events, and offering internships and work experience. Donations have enabled the scheme to grow and flourish.

Visit RTS here for for more information on the bursary schemes and eligibility for 2024 

Full List of Television Production and Broadcast Journalism Bursary Scholars:
Steve Hewlett Scholarship:
Amelia Nicola, Media and Television Production, University of Chester

RTS Television Production and Journalism Scholars:
Adam Dunstan, Politics and Modern History, Cardiff University
Amaar Zafar, Filmmaking BA (Hons), Screen and Film School
Angel Hannaway, Filmmaking, University of the West of England, Bristol
Bobby Moloney, Filmmaking, University of the West of England, Bristol
Charley Burke, Filmmaking, BIMM Institute – Screen and Film School, Manchester
Clarissa Colle, Journalism BA (Hons), City University of London
Dolapo Okuboyejo, BA (Hons) 3D Animation and Visual Effects, University of Hertfordshire
Ellen Fincher, Filmmaking BA (Hons), University of Central Lancashire
Freyja Howlett, Set design for film and TV BA (Hons), University of South Wales
Harry Dyke, Television Production, Bournemouth University
Joshua Seneviratne, Journalism, The University of Leicester
Kerena Cobbina, Broadcast and Multimedia Journalism, University of East Anglia
Kirsty Dunlop, TV And Film Set Design, University of South Wales
Kwadwo Bonna Addo, Film Production and Broadcast Engineering BEng (Hons), University of Surrey
Lauren Carr, Film and Television Production, The University of York
Lloyd Rodd, Film, University of South Wales
Matthew Taylor, Journalism, Politics and History BA (Hons), City University of London
Millie Greaves, Sports Journalism, The University of Central Lancashire
Millie Oldham, Film and Television Production, The University of York
MJ Murray, Film and TV Production, University of Northumbria
Naomi Hubble, Film Production, The Arts University Bournemouth
Nayan Sharma, Film Business and Productions, BIMM Institute – Screen and Film School, Manchester
Ryan Hanan, Film Production, Southampton Solent University
Taylah Stewart, Media and Communications, The University of West London
Tom Saunders, Filmmaking BA (Hons), SFS Brighton (BIMM Institute)
William Swain, Television Production, Southampton Solent University
Cerys Horner, Film Practice, University of the Arts, London
STV Scholars (TVPJ):
Alastair McGowan, Television BA (Hons), City of Glasgow College
Ava Scott-Nadal, Film and Television Studies/Philosophy, The University of Glasgow
Emma Wood, Television (Advanced entry), Edinburgh Napier University
Emma Comfort, English Literature/Film and Television Studies, The University of Glasgow
Kamal Aziz, Journalism Studies, The University of Stirling
Lee Degnan, Filmmaking and Screen Writing, The University of the West of Scotland
Madelaine Guildford, Film and Television Studies, The University of Glasgow
Michaella Tracey, Television, City of Glasgow College
Digital Innovation Scholars:
Gareth Harman, Visual Effects with Motion Graphics, Brunel University London
Kodey Neesam, Games Art, Teesside University
Lucy Cates, Music, Sound and Technology, The City University
Maxime Bertrand-Southgate, Music and Sound Recording, The University of York
Melissa Smart, Broadcast Engineering, Ravensbourne University
Paul Mallen, Music Production, Staffordshire University
Tia Tshabola, Creative Computing, University of the Arts, London
STV Scholars (DI):
Sofia Happy Banya Ceregido, Computer and Electronic Systems, The University of Strathclyde


Michael Burns

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