Sony Playstation scholarships for creative and digital tech degrees

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by Stephen Chapman

New scholarships to support students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Backgrounds at Manchester Metropolitan University are being supported by Playstation.

The digital technology and creative degree scholarships come via the PlayStation Career Pathways Program and form part of Sony Interactive Entertainment and the University’s initiatives to help widen access to creative and digital courses.

In total 21 undergraduate students and 11 postgraduate students will receive scholarships over the next four years.

“These scholarships offer an exciting opportunity for students to be supported throughout their studies and to pursue careers in the creative and digital technology sector,” said Professor Malcolm Press, Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University.

“We are delighted that Sony Interactive Entertainment shares our ambition to ensure the fantastic opportunities of university study are open to all. Manchester Met is proud of its efforts to widen access to higher education and careers, and the PlayStation Career Pathways Program will help to increase diversity and representation in both business and the creative industries.”

Animators, technologists, games designers, media, and sound producers, mainly from the University’s new School of Digital Arts (SODA), will be eligible for the financial support.

As part of the initiative, an employability fund will be established, enabling students to access additional support to undertake placements, internships, and attend conferences.

“The scholarship we have established with Manchester Metropolitan University is one strand of that vision as set out within the newly formed PlayStation Career Pathways Program,” added Tiffany Hester, Senior Director Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Sony Interactive Entertainment.

“Our program’s mission is to drive a new era of creativity, development, and growth in the gaming industry by fostering strategic partnerships and providing career pathway opportunities for Black people and other underrepresented communities."

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