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The Jennifer Skellett Postgraduate Bursary

Brief description

This bursary will be awarded to up to three outstanding students from the department of Music to support them in undertaking a postgraduate degree at Bath Spa University. Applications welcomed from alumni up to three years after the date of graduation.

Value: £1,500

Number of awards available: 4

"I returned to Bath Spa University to pursue my MMus qualification. I was able to do this due to receiving an award from Jennifer Skellett to continue my education. The more involved I become in my education the less I ever want to leave. Education is such a wonderful part of our Western society. I feel very lucky and grateful that these opportunities are open to me."

Catherine Chapman, 2014 winner

Criteria

Applicants will have:

  • graduated within the last three years or be about to graduate from any undergraduate programme in the Department of music
  • exceptional skills in an area of musical activity, usually performance or composition
  • made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of the University during your course of studies.

How to apply

Please apply via the online application form (student login required). Applicants should write a statement of between 150 and 200 words on the following:

  • your relevant experience and activities at Bath Spa during your undergraduate course
  • how your proposed study will further your specialism and career plans.

Please ensure that you have read and understand the Award Terms and Conditions.

Application deadline

Applications should be submitted by Friday 1 June 2018.

"I joined Bristol Community Gamelan when I was in second year. as a place became available to play at a wayang (puppet show) in York. I’d never experienced a real Indonesian puppet show before, so playing at one for the first time was amazing. The dancers' costumes were beautiful and the detail on the puppets was fascinating. The puppet show went on until about four in the morning and the groups rotated so we could all have a rest.  Many new compositions were played where Western instruments were used alongside the Indonesian instruments.
 
Attending this wayang definitely provided a huge boost to my enthusiasm for gamelan as the music was so wonderful. As a direct result of hearing new compositions I then wrote two of my own pieces for gamelan and the Western flute. Attending Bristol gamelan has improved my playing and has made me keen to learn more. There is a termly fee for attending but receiving the Jennifer Skellett award has helped me fund this so I am very grateful."

Sophie Batchelor, 2014 winner. 

How applications are judged

The successful applicant will be chosen by the Head of the Department of Music in consultation with relevant academic staff.

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