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UKeiG is committed to encouraging and championing excellence and innovation across the profession. The Group sponsors two prestigious awards: Jason Farradane and Tony Kent Strix, and collaborates with the Knowledge and Information Management Special Interest Group on the Information Manager Year Award.

UKeiG also supports the continuing professional development of library and information students and early career professionals with a range of bursaries to encourage research, information exchange and best practice.

A key criterion for all applications is some element of digital information or information science. As the UK electronic information Group our primary focus is developments and innovations in anything digital, embracing search and information retrieval, web content development, online resources and services and digital literacy, for example.

If you require advice and information about the nomination or application process please email UKeiG at:

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Please have a look at the information on each award page, and contact us at if you have any further queries.


UKeiG CILIP Conference Bursaries

UKeiG are delighted to announce that the winners of the two UKeiG bursary places for CILIP Conference 2019 are Natasha Chowdary and Stephen Furlong.

Two bursaries for the 2019 CILIP Conference in Manchester on 3rd and 4th July 2019 have now closed. This UKeiG bursaries cover the full conference fee and one night's accommodation to attend the CILIP annual conference, plus some travelling expenses.

The July 2018 conference boasted a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers, thought provoking seminars and workshops. The UKeiG CILIP Conference Bursary was awarded to Sarah Prowse of Newcastle University. The photograph shows Sarah and UKeiG Honorary Secretary John Wickenden at the CILIP Special Interest Group stand in Brighton, July 2018.

To keep up to date on conference developments visit the website.


UKeiG Early-Career Award

<The UKeiG Early Career Award celebrates extraordinary and inspirational enterprise in early-career professionals who are members of CILIP. A prize of £1,000 and a trophy will be awarded.

Details: The Award will be presented every year to early-career professionals who are members of CILIP and have no more than five years’ work experience since gaining their qualification.

An individual or a team of individuals are eligible if they have made an inspirational or enterprising difference in their workplace or in the wider profession. UKeiG is looking for a level of professional commitment that has resulted in achievements beyond what is expected of your ‘day job.’

Nominations will be accepted from colleagues, managers or from the individual concerned - although in the latter case it will be essential to provide signed evidence of support from a sponsor.

Process: The call for nominations is now open. Nominations should take the form of a short descriptive statement demonstrating the difference that the nominee has made to their colleagues, clients or the wider profession. The most successful applications will be those providing documentary support and evidence of the achievement.

Procedures and Conditions

  • The Award will be presented to a professional or team of professionals in the first five years of their career
  • A nominee should be a member of CILIP (when a group is nominated, the majority should be members of CILIP)
  • Only open to students and early career professionals in the UK
  • Nominees should be UK residents
  • Nominations may be made by colleagues, senior staff, or as self -nominations by the individual or team
  • Nominations should include documentary support and self-nominations must be supported by a sponsor or referee
  • The closing date for submission is Friday 31st May 2019
  • A Panel has been appointed to judge entries and award the prize (it will include UkeiG Chair, Hon. Secretary and Treasurer, and a CILIP Board Member). The Panel's decision will be final
  • Award winners will be expected to write an article about their achievements for publication in UKeiG’s online journal eLucidate
  • Applications with any relevant attachments should be sent by email

For nomination submissions, information and advice please email:


Jason Farradane Award

This annual award is presented to an individual or a group of people in recognition of outstanding work in the information profession. A call for nominations will be issued early in 2019, and we hope to present the award at Internet Librarian International 2019.
See: Jason Farradane Award Page


Tony Strix Award

The Tony Kent Strix Award was inaugurated in 1998 by the Institute of Information Scientists but is now administered by the UKeiG.

The UK electronic information Group (UKeiG), in partnership with the International Society for Knowledge Organisation UK (ISKO UK), the Royal Society of Chemistry Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group (RSC CICAG) and the British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS IRSG), is delighted to announce that the winner of the prestigious Tony Kent Strix Memorial Award for 2018, in recognition of her contributions to the field of information retrieval, is Professor Pia Borlund (Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway.)

A call for nominations will be issued early in 2019, and we hope to present the award at the 2019 Annual Memorial lecture in London on the afternoon of Friday November 29th, 2019.

For more information visit:  Tony Kent Strix Award Page


UKeiG/KIM Information Manager of the Year Prize

This annual award is jointly presented by UKeiG and CILIP’s Knowledge and Information Management special interest group (K&IM SIG.)

It is awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the discipline through their work and professionalism by meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  • Excellence in the use of information management techniques throughout the workplace
  • Raising the awareness by example of information management with the workplace and the profession
  • A major contribution to the theory and practice of information management.

The Information Manager of the Year Award 2018 winner is Virginia Power, BSc. (Hons), MSc., M.Ed. PGCE, FHEA. She is a Lecturer and PhD student in Information Science and Management at UWE Bristol (University of West England). Virginia has been an information specialist for over thirty-five years working in a variety of library and information services settings including schools, FE, HE and the public sector. She has also been an advisor and consultant with Jisc. She has an interest in open educational resources, metadata, digitisation and preservation.

Nominations will be announced later in the year.


MSc/MA Dissertation Bursaries

These bursaries provide an excellent opportunity for Library and Information Science MSc/MA students to present their postgraduate research at a conference and/or to publish an article highlighting their postgraduate research activity. 

The bursaries are open to UK postgraduate students in UK schools or departments of librarianship, information studies, information science, knowledge management or information management running courses accredited by CILIP

Details: UKeiG will award £250 to one student per relevant higher education institution to encourage this to happen. All research articles must be published in a scholarly open access publication and featured in UKeiG’s online journal eLucidate. The MA/MSc dissertation should also be published in an Open Access depository at their institution or in a discipline depository, eg e-LIS (

UKeiG reserve the right not award a particular nomination.

Process: To apply, Heads of Department or course leaders are invited to nominate dissertations for consideration, emailing UKeiG an abstract, including title, methodology and research outcomes. One side of A4 would suffice, with details of the student, course and affiliation.

For information and advice please email:


Student or Early Career Professional Conference Bursaries

UKeiG is offering five discretionary bursaries of £250 to support current library and information students or early-career professionals to attend a relevant conference. (This bursary may not cover all the costs of attendance.)

Details: UKeiG offers bursaries to two categories of applicant:

·         UK undergraduate and postgraduate students in UK schools or departments of librarianship, information studies, information science, knowledge management or information management running courses accredited by CILIP

·         UK early-career professionals

Each bursary is offered to enable a student or early-career professional to attend a conference relevant to their professional studies or career (for example, LILAC or Internet Librarian International. The CILIP Conference bursary is not included in the criteria.)

Process: Applications are accepted throughout the year on a first come first served basis but will be dependent on the submission of a high-quality application. Successful applicants will be expected to write a conference report for UKeiG’s online journal eLucidate. We would normally expect this by the copy date following the conference.

Nominations should take the form of a letter detailing the justification for, and benefits to be gained from, attending the conference, as well as details of the conference, including date and place, and the costs to be incurred. Additionally, you should provide a letter of support from your higher education institution or employer as proof of your status as a full-time student/current position. If you are presenting a paper at the conference, a copy of your abstract would help your submission.

For information and advice please email:


Study Visit Bursaries

UKeiG is keen to support collaborative working and the benchmarking of good practice by offering these five bursaries of £200 to support study visits by students or early career professionals.

Details: Applications are accepted throughout the year on a first come first served basis but will be dependent on the submission of a high-quality application. The £200 will support travel and accommodation costs to enable the recipients to visit an organisation outside of the workplace. The visits can be used to develop your research skills and to learn about innovative projects and services in other organisations.

Process: To apply please email a brief overview of the details of your visit, including the intended destination and aims and objectives. One side of A4 would suffice, with details of your course/job title and affiliation.

For information and advice please email:

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