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University Centre Peterborough are very happy to partner with the Malcolm Bradbury Trust to offer a Malcolm Bradbury scholarship bursary of £7500

5 September 2023

University Centre Peterborough are very happy to partner with the Malcolm Bradbury Trust to offer a Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship Bursary of £7500. The bursary is available to an undergraduate living in a PE postcode at time of application.

This funding will support a creative writing undergraduate each year, and they will undertake extra-curricular work to promote literacy and literary engagement in Peterborough.

In memory of the late author, screenwriter and academic, the Malcolm Bradbury Trust is a registered charity seeking to advance and promote the literary arts through educational initiatives. The Trust aims to support and fund educational opportunities for new writers and creatives, meanwhile expanding the reach of their support to a diverse cohort of students and young people across the UK.

Peterborough has one of the poorest literacy rates in the UK, and our aim is to produce graduates who can return their skills and knowledge to the city and wider region through employment and cultural initiatives. More than 50% of children living in six Peterborough neighbourhoods are estimated as being in poverty according to 2021 government statistics. Education and aspiration are hugely important in tackling these social issues and bursary holders can act as advocates for learning and inspire others who have experienced similar journeys.

Matthew Bradbury, Chair of the Trust said, “The Trustees are delighted to have the opportunity to support Creative Writing Students at UCP. As a charity we are very focussed on supporting areas with poor literacy rates and students from deprived backgrounds. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with UCP and its creative writing students and faculty.”

Please contact Dr Andrew McDonnell for more information:

Malcolm Bradbury – 1932-2000

Sir Malcolm Bradbury was a prolific author, television scriptwriter and critic, who combined his literary work with his career as an academic.

Born in Sheffield, the son of a railwayman, he graduated from Leicester and London Universities before embarking on a career as an academic. In 1970 he founded the University of East Anglia’s creative writing course, with Angus Wilson, which has produced talented writers such as Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro. He retired from teaching the course in 1995, to be succeeded by Andrew Motion, the former Poet Laureate.

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