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University student given prestigious Royal Television Society bursary

A University of Gloucestershire student has been awarded a £3,000 bursary by the Royal Television Society (RTS) to assist in his studies. Victor Hampson, who is studying Television Production at the University, was one of 25 students to be awarded the bursary which aims to widen participation in media and support talented students seeking to pursue a career in television.

On hearing of his award Victor said, ‘finding out that I’d been chosen for the bursary was brilliant because it meant that media experts had seen potential in my work.’ Victor plans to use some of the money to buy himself a better camera and equipment, and says he is happy to be studying at the University of Gloucestershire: ‘on the course we get a lot of focus from the lecturers, and a very high number of graduates from the TV Production course go on to work in the industry.’

Theresa Wise, CEO of RTS, says, ‘We are committed to increasing diversity in the industry and safeguarding its future by giving a helping hand to the next generation of rising stars, some of whom might not have otherwise considered a career in TV. Following an exacting selection process I’m excited to say we have 25 beneficiaries – all of whom stood-out and demonstrated real ambition and commitment to learning.’

As well as £1,000 per year to assist with expenses, beneficiaries will also receive mentoring and free membership of RTS and The Hospital Club, a private members club for those in the creative industries. The RTS is Britain’s leading forum for television and related media, and an educational charity whose purpose is to promote the art and science of television.