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Briggs-Washington Bursary

CILIP Conference 2018 – 4-5 July, Brighton

The CILIP Conference is returning to Brighton this July with a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers, thought provoking seminars and essential workshops. Meet like-minded colleagues and make new connections for two days of knowledge sharing, discussion, debate and networking opportunities. The conference aims to leave you feeling inspired and passionate about the work that we do as professionals. You can read more about the conference at:

CLSIG are delighted to be able to offer a Briggs-Washington bursary place for a member of CLSIG to attend the conference. 

What is covered:
The bursary from CLSIG will cover a place at the conference, up to two nights hotel accommodation, and reasonable UK travel expenses.

Applicants must be members of CLSIG, and have agreement for attendance at the conference from their manager.

The bursary recipient is expected to write an article for the autumn issue of the CLSIG Journal to reflect on and develop ideas that came out of the conference (rather than simply describe the experience).  

We’d also like you to tweet for CLSIG during the conference (#CILIPConf18).

How to apply:
Submit a statement of no more than 300 words explaining why you wish to attend the conference, and how you believe it will benefit your professional practice. You may wish to mention any sessions in which you have a particular interest.

In addition, please also include an estimate of travel costs (excluded from word count!) 

Send your application to by 5:00pm BST on Monday 16th April 2018.  The recipient will be announced on 23rd April.

To keep up to date on conference developments, follow @CILIPConf18 and #CILIPConf18 and visit the website

If you have already registered for the conference, and receive a bursary place later, CILIP will refund you.


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The Briggs-Washington Bursary is offered in memory of two outstanding members of the Commercial, Legal & Scientific Information Group: Norman Briggs and Bert Washington.

CLSIG announced the launch of the Briggs-Washington bursary in 2015, which provides a free place to a CLSIG member to attend a conference. It is usually offered for the CILIP Conference and for Internet Librarian International.

Norman Briggs and Bert Washington were exceptional contributors to the advancement of the Group. We lost them both in March 2013 – Norman to a long-fought illness and Bert in a tragic accident. We have been looking for a way to commemorate these two wonderful people which will reflect in perpetuity their philosophy of promoting excellence and the careers of information scientists working in the commercial field. Hence the bursary which bears their names.

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