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Thursday 23 October 2014

Students announced as recipients of Royal Television Society's bursary scheme

Two Southampton Solent University students have been announced as recipients of the Royal Television Society’s (RTS) new undergraduate bursary scheme.

The RTS – Britain’s leading forum for television and related media and an educational charity whose purpose is to promote the art and science of television –  today  (21 October 2014) announced the 20 individuals who will receive awards as part of its inaugural undergraduate bursary scheme.

Dean Massey and Jacob Power both received bursaries

The scheme, with funding totalling £60,000, aims to widen participation in media and related industries and assist talented people who need financial support.

Included in the recipients are two students who started their courses at Southampton Solent University this September. Dean Massey is studying BA (Hons) Television and Video Production and Jacob Power BA (Hons) Television Post Production.

They will each receive £3,000 (£1,000 per year) to assist with their studies; mentoring and free membership of The Hospital Club and the RTS while studying; and one year’s free membership of the RTS after they graduate.

Theresa Wise, RTS CEO, says “Great talent can be lost without the right support. We’re committed to finding, funding and nurturing the next generation and through the RTS Undergraduate Bursary Scheme I am convinced that we can make a critical contribution.

“The response to our inaugural bursary scheme has been fantastic and following an exacting selection process I’m excited to announce the first beneficiaries – all of whom stood-out and demonstrated ambition and commitment to learning. We look forward to following their future career achievements.”

Professor Rod Pilling, Dean of the Faculty of the Creative Industries at Southampton Solent University said: “I was delighted to learn of Dean and Jacob’s success in being awarded these bursaries, which I am sure will help them achieve their study goals and career ambitions. I would advise them to also take advantage of the cutting edge facilities and opportunities available to them during their time here at Solent.”

The recipients were selected by a panel of industry professionals following an open call to students applying for eligible UK courses.


The Royal Television Society (RTS) is Britain’s leading forum for television and related media. Membership is open to everyone with an interest in the medium. The RTS was granted its Royal title in 1966 and HRH The Prince of Wales became Patron of the Society in 1997. The RTS brings together people to exchange ideas, debate and explore key issues. The RTS Awards are an internationally recognised hallmark for quality and originality. For over 80 years, the RTS has provided the UK’s main platform for debate about the future of television. Its lectures, events and publications make a substantial contribution to raising standards and developing practice.

There are 12 regional centres in the UK, and a Republic of Ireland Centre located in Dublin. The Society is an educational charity, embracing all aspects of television, including the creative community, broadcasting, equipment manufacture, professional consultancy, journalism, design, research and development, cable, satellite, video and interactivity.

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