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Staff Development Awards

To further the charitable work of the Consortium, the Trustees have an annual awards scheme for staff of Member libraries. 

In 2020-21 the call for applications for awards will take place at different points across the academic year. For further details and how to apply please see below. 


  • Three conference bursary awards of a maximum of £500 each to cover travel to, attendance at and accommodation for an appropriate conference*. Awards can also be used to attend virtual conferences.
  • One award of attendance at the equivalent of two full days of cpd25 training. 
  • One award of attendance at the equivalent of one full day of cpd25 training. 
  • Free attendance at the M25 Consortium Conference (one place available). 

2020-21 Call for applications 

The call for applications for the Conference Bursary Award is now open. The bursary of up to £500 is to cover the cost of attending an appropriate conference*, including virtual conferences. The deadline for applications is Monday 8 March 2021.  

The call for applications for free attendance at the M25 Consortium Annual Conference is now open. The conference this year will focus on ‘The Future of Libraries’ and is taking place virtually on 30 March 2021. The deadline for applications is Monday 8 March 2021.

Conference bursary application form 2020-21

M25 conference application form 2020-21

Terms and conditions

Any questions should be addressed to the Executive Manager.

*e.g. IFLA, Liber, or other librarianship or information profession conference 

Future opportunities: 

Please keep an eye on our website and our mailing list for future Staff Development Award opportunities. 

Please note, due to Covid-19 the period in which the 2019-20 awards can be used has been extended to 31 July 2021. If you received an award in 2019-20 and have any questions please contact the Executive Manager.