First Story – Institute of Continuing Education Tuition Fee Bursary Scheme announced for literacy professionals working in disadvantaged settings

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and the creative writing charity First Story have collaborated to provide two new tuition fee bursaries. The First Story – Institute of Continuing Education Tuition Fee Bursary Scheme will enable teachers, librarians or other literary professionals working in deprived and/or disadvantaged settings to enrol on a new part-time University of Cambridge Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing which begins in April 2019.

Announcing the new bursaries, Dr James Gazzard, Director of the University’s Institute of Continuing Education, said “We are keen to work with teachers and other professionals delivering creative writing education in disadvantaged settings but realise that tuition fees are often a barrier to enrolling on postgraduate study.  These new bursaries, working closely with First Story, will promote access, and ultimately benefit the schools, libraries and other community settings in which the successful applicants will work”.

These bursaries, which will reduce tuition fees by 50%, are intended to support applicants who work in state funded settings such as state schools, public libraries, local authorities, the NHS or HM Prisons Service and third-sector or not-for-profit organisations. The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing will enable students to develop skills as teachers of creative writing and strategies for their intended teaching contexts. The course is delivered on a part-time study basis which makes it accessible to those working or with other commitments.

It is one of a range of courses on offer at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Creative Writing based at the Institute of Continuing Education. The Centre has developed a reputation for teaching and supporting those engaged in creative writing across all forms.

Nicki Shore, the Head of Programmes of First Story, said “We are delighted to partner  The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) in this offer. First Story has seen, first hand, the impact of enhancing young people’s creative writing skills and we believe it to be such an essential component for developing creativity, confidence and writing skill; particularly for those experiencing disadvantage. This opportunity will afford intensive development for teachers working in settings where there is a high representation of disadvantaged cohorts”.

 

Applying for a First Story – Institute of Continuing Education Bursary

Applicants are required to apply for a bursary after making an application for the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Creative Writing course through the Institute’s online application portal. The deadline for applications is 7 January, 2019.

For more detailed information view the bursary’s terms and conditions.

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