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Launch of CILIP Conference Bursary for BAME professionals

12 April 2019   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Gus MacDonald
Launch of CILIP Conference Bursary for BAME professionals

CILIP is committed to ensuring that the profession reflects the full diversity of the society and communities we serve. We know from CILIP/ARA Workforce Mapping data (2015) that Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) information professionals are under-represented in the workforce - 97% of the library and information workforce self-identify as white compared to 88% in the overall UK workforce.

This is also, unfortunately, reflected in the profile of our delegates to the CILIP Conference – something that we are working to remedy. As part of the process, CILIP are offering 6 bursary places to BAME professionals, giving a full 2 day delegate place and accommodation for the night of 3 July.

The CILIP Conference (3-4 July, Manchester) is one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated events in the library and information sector and brings together around 500 professionals from across the sector to share experiences, knowledge and expertise. The keynote speakers include Liz Jolly, Patrick Lambe, Hong-Anh Nguyen and Kriti Sharma. The programme is being finalised but you can see an outline of the session content at Keep up to date by following @CILIPConf19.

To submit your application for the bursary place, please write no more than 300 words saying what you would get out of attending the conference and how you would share what they have learnt with others. Please send your application to with the title “BAME Bursary Application” by Friday 10 May 2019 and include the following details:

  • Name
  • Contact details
  • Sector
  • Career stage ( e.g. student, para-professional, new professional, professional, senior management)
  • Whether you have been to CILIP Conference before

Any BAME professional, at whatever stage of their career, can apply for one of these places. We are particularly interested in hearing from people who have never been to the CILIP Conference before, and who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to go. Alternatively, early bird discounts are available until 17 May and you can book these directly on the website. Remember to log in to the CILIP website before booking so that it recognises your membership status and offers you the correct delegate rate.

Featured image is Hong-Anh Nguyen speaking at the 2018 CILIP Conference.

Published:12 April 2019

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Lambodara Parabhoi says...
Posted 18 April 2019
Sir/Madam, Hello, I am Lamabodara Parabhoi, Professional Assistant, IIAS Shimla from India.I have 7 year experience. Can I apply for above mentioned BAME Bursary?

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