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Professional Support Conference Bursary

The M25 Professional Support Conference Bursary is kindly sponsored by OCLC.  

The bursary will cover the cost of one delegate place at the M25 Annual Conference on 11th May 2022. The theme this year is “All things being equal: the regional contribution of libraries” and will seek to explore community engagement and widening participation initiatives in M25 libraries. What does the civic agenda mean for academic libraries and how can libraries work with the community to address regional issues? What is ‘levelling up’ and what does this mean for our workforce? How are widening participation agendas impacting library staff, strategy, services and users? How do we work with other sectors effectively? 

To view the conference programme please click here.  

The bursary aims to support one individual not currently in education, employment, or training and living within the region covered by the M25 Consortium* to contribute to their professional development and benefit their future in the library profession. Applicants should clearly state their prior experience and how they feel the conference will benefit them and contribute to achieving their future goals. This bursary is intended to support individuals looking for their next opportunity in the profession or those who have not previously worked in libraries but may be interested in moving into the profession.  


Applicants should 

1/ live in the region covered by the M25 Consortium* 

2/ be unemployed (not in education, employment or training) and looking for work in the LIS profession or interested in moving into the LIS profession 


To apply please fill out the application form below and send it to along with the Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form by the deadline of noon on 13 April 2022. Completion of the Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form is voluntary, but we would appreciate you taking the time to complete the form to help us monitor the take-up of the bursary. Applications will be treated confidentially by the assessment panel.  

Applications will be assessed by a small panel from the M25 Steering Group.  

The successful applicant will need internet access to attend the conference via Zoom Webinar (it’s not necessary to have a Zoom account). 

Application Form (word format)

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

* The region covered by the Consortium is the East and South East of England which in this case shall mean the counties of Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, East Sussex and West Sussex.