A Cornish student has been awarded a prestigious bursary to help him pursue a career in television.

Henry Hargreaves from Bude, a former student of Truro and Penwith College, has received one of five technology bursaries from the Royal Television Society (RTS), aimed at widening participation in media and related industries and supporting talented students.

Henry, who is now studying BSc Computer Science at University of St Andrews, will be awarded £1000 for each year of his degree to assist with expenses, as well as receiving mentoring and free membership of the RTS during his studies and for the year after he graduates.

During his time at Truro College, Henry studied A Levels in history, mathematics, electronics and computing.

His computing lecturer, Conan Jenkin, who supported his application, said: “Henry is a very creative and thoughtful young man who is inspired by technology and its interaction with the media.

"With the right kind of network support Henry has the potential to go much, much further, and is the very kind of person who would most benefit by this kind of bursary support.”

Simon Pitts, chair of the RTS Technology Bursaries and managing director, online, pay TV, interactive and technology at ITV, said: “It’s vital we attract more engineers and computer scientists to the TV industry so our aim with these bursaries was to encourage students with these interests to consider a career in television.

"We were extremely pleased with the response and I’m delighted to say we have selected five outstanding individuals who have demonstrated a real interest in and commitment to succeed in the industry.”