Oscar-winning film producer, Lord David Puttnam, has awarded three Bath Spa University students a bursary under the new Puttnam Scholars’ scheme.
The three undergraduate Film, TV and Digital Production students, James Hood, Michaela King and Ross Carr, will each receive a share of the £3500 prize, having impressed Lord Puttnam and the judging panel with their commitment to the course, their creativity, initiative and passion for film.
The students will use the bursaries to help kick-start their careers in the creative industries, helping them establish themselves in the transition between graduation and employment.
A stellar cast of industry experts from Pinewood Studios, IMDb and the BBC were in attendance as the prizes were awarded during a special lecture held at Bath Spa Studios, based at the University’s Newton Park campus, where Lord Puttnam discussed the future of the Creative Industries and how technology is changing the way movies are made.
Lord Puttnam, a film producer who is passionate about education, has long believed that inspirational teaching, which harnesses young people’s creativity, intelligence and ambition, is the key to a more secure and imaginative future.
He has been delivering lectures to Bath Spa students for three years, using his experience in film, education and politics to help shape the next generation of leaders in the creative industries.
Launching the Puttnam Scholars’ scheme, he said: “I have been enormously impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment to learning that I’ve witnessed in a number of the students here at Bath Spa.
“I believe that outstanding commitment to creativity should be identified and encouraged, and I hope this bursary scheme will make a very real difference to the three students to whom, in recognition of their commitment, we’re making the award.”
“We’re very grateful to Lord Puttnam for his generous bursary,” added Dr Susan McMillan, Head of Film, Writing and Digital Production at Bath Spa.
“James, Miky and Ross have each demonstrated an incredible amount of dedication, curiosity and initiative, showing the skills that we know employers are looking for.
“Through the Studios we develop talent in collaboration with industry. We want to ensure that, throughout their studies, our students are given additional opportunities with and insight into the industry they want to work in.
“Lord Puttnam’s insightful and thought-provoking lectures have been a highlight of the year for staff and students.”