Launching a new competition for female students studying the Arts, March 8

“Far more women study arts courses than men. Far less women work in the arts. University Women in the Arts will investigate why there is such a difference between the number of women studying and working in the arts and how to address this over the course of the next year”.

That is the pledge from the new MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, the Women of the Future Programme and Writers at Work Productions, in association with Tonic Theatre, who have launched a new competition for female students studying the arts at Universities across the UK.

University Women in the Arts will be a one off scheme to help mentor female students studying the arts at University level on making the transition into working in and leading the way in the arts.

10 female students studying the arts at University level will be selected for the scheme to be mentored over the course of a year by 14 women who are leading the way in the arts in the UK.

In addition to the mentoring scheme, public events will run over the course of the year which will be open to all.

The full list of mentors was announced at a launch event at Central Saint Martins on the evening of Friday 4th March and the mentors are:

Kate Bryan, Director of Art16 and presenter and winner of the Women of the Future Arts and Culture Award

Anne Edyvean, television producer and Head of BBC Writersroom

Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre

Amanda Foreman, writer, academic and presenter including of the recent series The Ascent of Women

Elizabeth Freestone, Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre

Charlotte Higgins, Chief Culture writer at The Guardian

Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre and founder of the WOW Festivals

Lucy Kerbel, founder and Director of Tonic Theatre

Pinky Lilani, founder of the Women of the Future Programme

Joanna Prior, Managing Director of Penguin Books and a board member of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of the English National Ballet

Kate Rowland, founder of BBC Writersroom, the BBC’s new writing department, and the former Creative Director of New Writing at the BBC, Head of BBC Radio Drama and Commissioner of Radio 3’s The Wire

Tanya Seghatchian, film producer of films including the Harry Pottery series and My Summer of Love and former Head of the Film Fund at the UK Film Council

Jennifer Tuckett, Course Leader of the new MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins

More information on the scheme and application details can be found here: www.universitywomeninthearts.com