Student Bursaries

Student Bursaries to Attend the Congress

AMMPE has worked with Press Pad to offer bursaries to UK-based journalism students outside London and the southeast to attend the Congress. We think it’s important to understand that barriers to participation can often be financial and practical, and we wanted to do our best to make this event accessible. We also wanted to make sure we hear the perspective of journalism students across the country.

We’re really pleased to introduce them all here.  Please take the time to chat to them!

Natalie Higgins

University of Sheffield

Natalie is a final year undergraduate journalism student at the University of Sheffield. She also works part time as part of the Hallam FM street marketing team. She wants to go into journalism after her degree.

Cynthia Kimola

University of STRATHCLYDE

Cynthia is at the University of Strathclyde, doing a masters in digital journalism. She’s an international student from Kenya. She wants to grow her network, get industry insights into digital and social media, and get advice on developing her journalism career.

Jenna Clarke-Molloy


Jenna is a masters student at Cardiff University. Originally from Ireland, she wants to use this opportunity to network with UK and international journalists. She feels it’s important to be holding this international gathering in the UK, on the eve of Brexit.

Cecilia Arregui Olivera


Cecilia is a young Uruguayan multimedia journalist, currently studying for a masters at Swansea University. She came to Europe with the aim of specialising in war and conflict journalism.

Anna Rieser

University of GLASGOW

Anna is studying for her masters in Media, Communications and International Journalism at the University of Glasgow. She wants to work in radio. She’s a features writer for the Glasgow Guardian.

Taylor Robertson


Taylor is studying for a masters in Digital Journalism at the university of Strathclyde. Taylor works part time as a support worker, and wants to take the experience of Congress back to her peers.

Shameem Ara Sheuli


Shameen has been working as a journalist for a decade in her native Bangladesh. She’s studying Journalism, Media and Globalisation at Swansea University. She mentors others through the Institute of Communication Studies, in Bangladesh.

Lourdes Akello Walusala

University of SUSSEX

Lourdes is studying at the University of Sussex. She’s passionate about digital story telling. She’s a member of the Association of Media Women in Kenya.  

PressPad diversifies the media by matching young people not based in London with free accommodation & mentorship during their internships in the capital.