Widening Participation in Museum Training
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.
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.
bursary will fund one student for the academic year September 2002-2003.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
to editors: Further information is available from Richard Sandell,
Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 3963,
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