BAFTA scholarship awarded to UWE Animation student

Issue date: 18 September 2015

Laura-Beth Cowley

An animation student at the University of the West of England has won a BAFTA scholarship Laura-Beth Cowley, from Isle of Portland in Dorset, is one of 13 new and returning students in the UK who has been awarded the scholarship.

Laura has been awarded £5,300 to study the MA Animation at the University of the West of England. Laura, 24, has a degree in Animation and Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art (Anglia Ruskin University). She currently freelances as an animator and writer.

Laura said, “This is an amazing opportunity and honour. It means so much that BAFTA believes in me and my abilities enough to sponsor my next steps. The scholarship is going to give me the confidence to push my career to the next level as well as giving me the opportunity to talk to, and be mentored by, leaders in my chosen industry. It is an incredible privilege to be able to have the time to better understand and develop my skills...I feel this scholarship is the open door I've been struggling to find. I couldn't be more excited.”

“I chose to study for my Master's at UWE as I knew the course structure was focused and driven towards developing you as an individual. It also had a lot of brilliant opportunities and flexibility in the way the course is taught that will help to support my ambitions. An added benefit is being located in Bristol, which is well known for being an animation industry hot spot. I'm very excited to begin my studies here."

Chris Webster, Programme Leader of the UWE animation, said, “We are very proud that we are attracting students of this calibre and it's a great testament to the university and the way it has developed, with its industry partners the postgraduate and undergraduate programmes over the last 15 years. Some of this success is due to our close relationships with our many partnerships of many years. The recent mentoring scheme with Aardmann and UWE animation will continue to offer students like Laura many more opportunities

“I'm especially delighted to see how the industry has developed from one that was once very male dominated to one that now attracts just as many women; in fact the majority of students on the MA course over the last 5 or 6 years have been women. We pride ourselves in the way that we are able to offer a real transition from university into work; we aim to provide training and education that enhances commercial prospects for all of our graduates and I am confident that Laura in choosing to come to UWE has chosen well and we are delighted to welcome her.”

Anne Morrison, Chair of BAFTA said, “BAFTA's scholarship programmes in the UK and through our international branches continue to go from strength to strength. Through these schemes we're able to provide talented individuals, who might otherwise be lost to our industries, with the financial means and professional support to advance their careers in film, television and games. We're delighted that previous beneficiaries, such as BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee Daisy Jacobs, are already making an impact at our Awards ceremonies.”

The BAFTA Scholarship Programme in the UK is overseen by BAFTA's Learning and Events Committee, chaired by Sara Putt, and made possible by the generous support of a number of individuals, foundations and partnerships.

To find out more about the MA Animation at UWE see here

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