Service leavers and veterans graduate from Forces Media Academy

The inaugural intake of service leavers and veterans to graduate from the Forces Media Academy were congratulated by The Duke of York at a graduation ceremony.

The Forces Media Academy offers service veterans the opportunity to study for a Higher National Certificate qualification in Creative Media Production, to gain access to an industry where historically people with a military background have been under-represented.

The Royal British Legion supported all of the students with an £18,000 bursary towards living costs, and the course was also free, thanks to funding from the Chancellor’s LIBOR Fund.

Former Royal Marine bandswoman, Poppy Pawsey, is one of the graduates to complete the 10-month Creative Media Production course. She recently picked up a global radio award in New York for co-producing I Am Unconquered, a documentary about Invictus Games athletes which was broadcast on Forces Radio BFBS.


Graduate Poppy Pawsey with The Duke of York

Poppy said: “I have really enjoyed working on radio and film documentaries – telling a story about something I am passionate about and delivering it with emotion and heart is very important to me.

“This course has opened my eyes to another world, it has given me the foundation skills in all aspects of media and I am looking forward to exploring them more.”

Both the bursary and funding have been offered to the next intake of students who will start at the Academy in September this year.

For more information about applying for the Forces Media Academy, go online to www.forcesacademy.com. Applications for the 2019/2020 course will open on 1 September 2018 and close on 31st of January 2019.

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