UCC launches Puttnam scholarship

October 23rd, 2018 10:10 PM

By Jackie Keogh

Skibbereen resident Lord David Puttnam is behind a new UCC scholarship that will offer six students the opportunity to work with the Oscar-winning producer. Full story, page 3. (Photo: Tomas Tyner)

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SIX lucky students from University College Cork will be given a chance to work with the Oscar-winning producer and Skibbereen resident Lord David Puttnam as part of a new scholarship programme.

The university confirmed that UCC students have until Friday, November 2nd next to submit their applications to become part of the inaugural Puttnam Scholarship Programme.

The successful applicants – each of whom will receive a bursary of €1,500 – will get to work with David Puttnam as part of a series of six video conference, mentoring and coaching sessions, over the course of a single academic year.

The scholarship is a new departure for the university, but as the adjunct professor of film studies and digital humanities at UCC, Lord Puttnam already has developed a close association with the university.

The university’s president, Prof Patrick O’Shea said Lord Puttnam’s role as an award-winning producer, a former digital champion, and as an entrepreneur, will help ‘embed creative entrepreneurship into our teaching and learning programmes.’

At the end of the year, the Puttnam scholars will jointly produce a short film that they will screen as part of a presentation.

David Puttnam told The Southern Star: ‘It is my hope that this scheme can make a tangible difference to the lives and career prospects of the UCC students selected to take part in it, and I am looking forward to sharing a lifetime of experiences – good and bad – from right across the creative industries.’

‘In an ever-expanding audio-visual industry,’ he added, ‘the opportunities for Irish-based students has never been greater.’




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