In past years the foundation has offered studentships at a prominent British university or business school leading to a Master’s degree in some aspect of finance or economics. At present these scholarships–which cover some or all course fees, as well as a contribution towards living costs–are only available to students undertaking the Marjorie Deane MA in Financial Journalism at City University in London. Students who have been offered a place on this course should contact the university for more information.
Emily Blewett, Studentship, City University London, 2010-11
As a student of history and politics, I parted from numbers and graphs at an early stage in my academic life. By the time I was an undergraduate at the University of Exeter, they caught up with me as they did with the rest of the world—in the form of a global financial crisis. After graduation I decided that I not only wanted to understand the messy world of finance and economics around me, but be at the forefront reporting it. As I study for a Financial Journalism MA at City University London, I am immensely grateful to the foundation for granting me the financial support to help realise my ambition.
Deciding I wanted to be a journalist was less of a revelation than luck. At university, I was surrounded by an award-winning student newspaper editorial team and an encouraging local newspaper. Since then, I have had the opportunity to write for the Guardian on the prevention of HIV in Lesotho. I have also worked for a Brussels-based financial news service and Deutsche Welle-TV in Berlin.
Shortly after the term began, my calculator was put to use for the first time since my GCSEs. I will not make the same mistake again. Numbers should not remain in calculators but are critical to understanding both our past and future. As a financial journalist, I look forward to being the one doing the explaining. [October 2010]
Rachel Whitworth, Studentship, Birkbeck College, University of London, 2009-10
Mine is perhaps not the most conventional story. Having completed a music degree at King’s College, University of London in 2008, I decided to take a drastic change of tack and pursue a career as an economist. I embarked on the Graduate Diploma in Economics programme at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London which opened my eyes up to the fascinating world of economics and left me hungering for more.
However, I was not in a position financially to undertake a much-needed master’s degree, which would further my studies in economics. The Marjorie Deane studentship was pivotal in this respect. Not only has it funded my degree at Birkbeck College, University of London, but it has also provided a stepping-stone on the path to a career in writing, the common thread that links my studies in both music and economics.
I am yet only a fledgling economist and writer, but I feel I am off to a great start. I am enjoying every minute of my course and, in addition, I have a part-time position at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, which allows me to put what I learn at university into practice by writing about economics. I am very grateful to Marjorie’s foundation for providing the all-important initial step towards achieving my ambitions. [February 2010]
Elena Egawhary, Studentship, London School of Economics
I studied to be a human rights lawyer and ended up as an investigative journalist. While working as a legal reporter, I was awarded a bursary from the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation to study for an MSc in Financial Regulation and Corporate and Financial Crime at the London School of Economics. My writing has been published in the Guardian, the New Statesman, the Independent, Television Magazine, BBC News Online and Focus on Africa.
I have used data journalism skills and Freedom of Information Requests to help uncover failings in the UK’s child protection system, to uncover police forces’ inappropriate use of cautions for serious crimes and I currently investigate for BBC Newsnight and BBC Panorama. I was the researcher on the RTS award-winning Panorama programme which investigated the death of Baby Peter.
I teach data journalism skills internationally and believe the most effective investigative journalism combines many skills (it’s not just data crunching). I am grateful to the brave people who choose to speak out, without whom there would be no story.