Swansea University undergraduate wins Royal Television Society award

A first-year undergraduate student is starting his studies at Swansea University with a £1,000 bursary award from the Royal Television Society.

Keoni D'SouzaThe Royal Television Society (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.

Keoni D’Souza, 19, from Westcliff-On-Sea, who will be studying Computer Science at Swansea, is one of only 20 students across the country to benefit from the bursary.

Keoni said: “I am both amazed and truly grateful that my potential, alongside a handful of others, has been highlighted and will be supported by such a reputable organisation as the Royal Television Society. The bursary award will in no doubt assist me with my studies, contributing towards the purchases of required texts, as well as providing funding for a TV licence to ensure that I can continue to enjoy the increasingly exceptional media that the charity supports."

Theresa Wise, CEO at the RTS, said: “The RTS is committed to supporting UK undergraduates seeking to work in television and its related fields. Since its launch in 2014 we have provided vital support to 45 talented individuals – offering not only the bursary itself but also mentoring and access to contacts within the broadcasting industry.

“The response to our two schemes has been fantastic and it’s hugely exciting to see such a high number of people seeking to work in the TV industry. The calibre of applicants has been outstanding and those applying have demonstrated real ambition and commitment to learning. Due to this we have decided to award two additional bursaries to Computing and Engineering undergraduates bringing the total number of recipients this year to 27. We look forward to following their future career progress and achievements.”

During their studies, each recipient will be given £1,000 per year to assist with their expenses and living costs. In addition, each beneficiary will receive free membership of the RTS and The Hospital Club – a private members club for those in the creative industries – while studying, and one year’s free membership of the RTS after they graduate. In their final year of study, the RTS will also aim to set-up mentoring opportunities with one of its industry members.