Widening Access for Future Museum Staff
University of Leicester is part of an East Midlands initiative to create more
opportunities for people from ethnic minorities who would like to develop
careers in the museum and galleries sector. This initiative builds on the
Museums Association Diversify project – Increasing the accessibility of museum
careers to people from ethnic minorities. Opportunities
are now available for individuals from the Asian, African, Caribbean and Chinese
communities, ordinarily resident in the UK, as they are under-represented within
the museums sector.
The initiative, originated and funded by
the East Midlands Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (EMMLAC) in
partnership with the University’s Department of Museum Studies and the Museums
Association (MA) will support two bursaries in 2003-4.
The students chosen as bursary recipients will take either a Postgraduate
Diploma or Masters course.
for the EMMLAC Bursary Scheme 2003-4 will be selected in mid-July, and the two
successful applicants will begin their course at the University in September.
Their programme of study will include work experience at an East Midlands
museum or gallery between March and May 2004, and will culminate with two months
paid work experience at the host museum after the course is ended.
This will be in June or December 2004, depending on whether the student
takes a diploma or Masters course.
bursaries, which are funded by EMMLAC, will cover fees for the one-year,
full-time Postgraduate Diploma or Masters course in Museum Studies;
£500 allowance for books and two months paid work experience.
Professional benefits including membership and attendance at conferences
to the two successful applicants will be provided by the MA.
will also offer the students support in the provision of eight weeks (unpaid)
work experience and ongoing career advice.
to the programme must have a first or second class honours degree (or equivalent
qualification) and an interest in pursuing a career in museums and galleries.
Further information on how to apply is available from firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to Information, Museums Association,
24 Calvin Street, London E1 6NW.
Sandell, of the University of Leicester Department of Museum Studies commented:
“People from minority ethnic communities are significantly
under-represented in the UK museums workforce. We are committed to working with
museums and other partners to begin to redress this imbalance and, in doing so,
to enable museums to better meet the needs of diverse audiences.”
Morgan, Learning and Access Strategy Officer at EMMLAC, added:
programme offers many benefits, including a wider cultural perspective, for
museums in the East Midlands, museum visitors and for the participating
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please contact Nicky Morgan, Learning and Access Strategy Officer, EMMLAC, telephone
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