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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.

The awards scheme consists of several separate elements that could be applied for individually:

  1. Three awards of a maximum of £500 each to cover travel to, attendance at and accommodation for an appropriate conference*.
  2. One award of attendance at the equivalent of two full days of cpd25 training. The specific events may be chosen by the winner and attendance has to take place within twelve months of receiving the award.
  3. Attendance at the equivalent of one full day of cpd25 training (conditions as above for 2).
  4. One award of a free place at the M25 Consortium Conference

2020 Call

Applications for any of these awards should be emailed to the M25 Consortium Office by noon on Friday 31st January 2020. Applications will take the form of a statement of up to 500 words stating which award they are applying for and outlining how the candidate would benefit from the award. Applications must be completed on the official form which can be downloaded via this link. It must be sent as a MS Word document (not in the text of the email) with the applicant’s surname and type of award applied for as the file name. E.g. “Smith Award 1 Bursary” or “Jones Award 3 1 day cpd25”.

The applications will then be reviewed by the selection panel. All the applicants will be informed of the outcome in early February 2020. The panel’s decision is final.

There is no maximum number of applications per applicant. Applicants may apply for all four awards if they wish, however this would require four separate applications.

The winning candidates will be expected to write a report describing the event(s) attended and the benefits they have gained, for publication on the Consortium’s web pages and in our annual report. This report should be a maximum of 1,000 words, and the M25 Consortium reserves the right to edit the report to fit publishing guidelines. It should be submitted within 2 months of attendance (for Award 2 this would be within 2 months of attendance at their final event).

Any questions should be addressed to the Executive Manager.

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