Individuals looking to undertake the BPIF MSc in Management with the University of South Wales can apply to have a significant amount of their fees paid, thanks to a £6,000 bursary from The Stationers' Foundation, funded by The Printing Charity.
The Foundation, which forms the charitable arm of The Stationers' Company, are offering the Postgraduate Bursary Scheme to either a single student or to be shared between several students for whom funding would be a barrier.
The Stationers' Company, which has a 600 year history of promoting, regulating and protecting those in the paper, print, publishing, packaging, office products, newspaper, broadcasting and online media industries, makes charitable giving to education a large part of its work. In conjunction with its industry partners it offers up to 15 bursaries a year and mentoring to students on specific courses that support entry to and progression within these sectors.
The Printing Charity have been helping people of all ages working in printing, publishing and packaging since 1827. Their origins were - and remain in - welfare, but over the years their work has grown to include support for education and training. Their education funding now benefits almost 500 individuals a year.
The MSc, run in partnership with the Management Development Centre (MDC), is aimed at those in print with at least 5 years' experience in a management role, and with full membership of a professional institute wanting to take their leadership skills to the next level. As the natural next step after undertaking the BPIF Level 5 Leadership and Management Course, it usually costs £6340 + VAT to complete.
The course, which can be completed in as little as twelve months, is a fast-track top up Masters designed to provide minimal disruption to the working week. Alongside a dissertation and two residential weekends, students are supported through the MDC's online support group.
BPIF programme director, Ursula Daly, said, "The BPIF are delighted about this continued funding opportunity in collaboration with the Stationers' Foundation and The Printing Charity. It is a great opportunity for individuals to progress their education. This is a strong management course which encourages a new way of thinking for those already in management positions, and builds on skills already learned in their careers. I'd encourage anyone thinking of doing the course to apply for the bursary if finance is in any way a barrier."