University of Leicester eBulletin

Widening Participation in Museum Training

April 2002

No 79  

With increasing concern that ethnic minority staffs are under-represented in museums, the University of Leicester Museum Studies Department, with the Museums Association, is funding a bursary to enable people from minority cultures to train for a career in the museum sector.

The Museum Studies Department, internationally acclaimed and unique throughout the world, is offering a bursary covering course fees for its one-year, full-time MA in Museum Studies, with an allowance for books and travel, a work experience placement with museums, careers guidance and membership and professional benefits of the Museums Association.

The bursary will fund one student for the academic year September 2002-2003.

The University of Leicester Museum Studies Department, with the Museums Association, was the training provider for the museum sector to offer awards of this kind.   Now in its fourth year, the Department’s increased investment in funding the award reflects the importance it places on widening participation.

At a time when issues of social inclusion are a national priority, museums and galleries need to attract people from all sectors of society, both in their staff and their visitors.

This initiative serves as a model for other universities and museums, reflecting the close working relationship the University of Leicester enjoys with business, industry and the professions, and it opens a career door to those who have traditionally enjoyed only limited access to work in the cultural sector.

Maurice Davies, Deputy Director, of the Museums Association said: “The Museums Association is delighted to work with the University of Leicester to encourage more minority ethnic students to take up a course in Museum Studies.”

Richard Sandell, of the Leicester Department of Museum Studies, added: “Over the past years, the scheme has benefited not only the successful applicants but the sector as a whole and the experience for all students in the department.”

The closing date for applications is May 7, 2002. Interviews will be held in Leicester on June 13. Section 37 of the Race Relations Act 1976 applies.

For more details or information on how to apply to the University of Leicester Department of Museum Studies Bursary Scheme 2002-2003 please contact Richard Sandell, Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 3963, email rps6@le.ac.uk.

Note to editors:   Further information is available from Richard Sandell, Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 3963, email rps6@le.ac.uk.

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