Bursaries

Attendance at the BIALL Annual Study Conference

Bursary for members of BIALL

About the bursaries: Each year members of the Association are encouraged to apply for a bursary in order to attend the BIALL Annual Study Conference. A limited number of bursaries are available to cover the conference fee and 3 nights accommodation. The bursaries do not include assistance towards travel expenses.

How to apply: We are no longer accepting applications to attend the 2017 conference.

We will be requesting applications for the 2018 Conference, via  the bursary application form from Spring 2018.

Applicants should complete the form indicating:

  • Reasons for wishing to attend the conference
  • Details of particular conference sessions of interest and why
  • Reasons for applying for a bursary

Criteria for applications: Applicants must be members of BIALL (personal or institutional). Recipients of bursaries last year may not apply this year. In order for the Committee to make a decision, applicants are expected to submit an application explaining their particular reasons for requesting a bursary in order to attend the conference. In making bursary awards some preference may be given by the committee to those who have not attended the BIALL conference previously, to those who are new to the profession and also those who would not otherwise be able to attend due to a lack of funding available to them.

The Committee will meet shortly after the deadline and applicants will be advised soon afterwards about whether, or not, they have been granted an award.

Awarding of bursaries: In awarding a bursary the Committee may base its decision on a number of factors including:

  • the quality of the application
  • whether, or not, an applicant has received a BIALL bursary in recent years. Preference may be given to those who have not benefited from a bursary in the past.
  • if there is an expectation of future commitment and performance in the law library profession
  • proven or potential contribution to and /or participation in the Association’s activities
  • the ability to be a good ambassador for BIALL, including being prepared to participate in conference sessions and activities

All bursary recipients are expected to write a report that may be published in the BIALL Newsletter, LIM or the BIALL Blog. Recipients may be called on to assist with some activities at the Conference, for example to help with the roving mic.

For further information: please contact Katrina Lancaster (Committee Chair).

BIALL Library School Student Bursary

About the bursaries

BIALL offers opportunities to library school students, who have an interest in legal information work, by awarding a number of bursaries to allow attendance at the BIALL Annual Study Conference. The bursary covers the conference fee and 3 nights accommodation.

How to apply: We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 conference. A bursary application form will be available here in Spring 2018.

  • Reasons for wishing to attend the conference
  • Reasons for applying for a bursary
  • Evidence of an interest in the law library sector

Awarding of bursaries: In awarding a bursary the Committee may base its decision on a number of factors including:

  • the quality of the application
  • evidence of interest in the law library sector
  • whether, or not, an applicant has received a BIALL bursary in recent years. Preference may be given to those who have not benefited from a bursary in the past.
  • if there is an expectation of future commitment and performance in the law library profession

Bursary recipients may be asked to write a report to be published in the BIALL Newsletter, LIM or the BIALL Blog. Recipients may be called on to assist with some activities at the Conference, for example to help with the roving mic.

For further information: please contact Katrina Lancaster (Committee Chair).

BIALL President's Bursary

BIALL offers bursaries to retired and life members, to allow attendance at the BIALL Annual Study Conference.

How to apply: retired and life members who wish to apply should complete the application form [available here in Spring 2018] and return it to the Awards and Bursaries Committee Chair. The Awards and Bursaries Committee will allocate bursaries on the basis of the quality of the application and the number of requests received.

Please note: recipients of a bursary in 2017 are not eligible for a bursary in 2018.

Kluwer Law International Bursary

Kluwer Law International generously provide sponsorship, to the tune of £750, for a foreign law librarian from Europe to attend the BIALL Annual Study Conference. As a result of this sponsorship in the past, BIALL has been able to welcome law librarians from Switzerland, Italy and Poland to previous conferences.

Thomson Reuters Bursary

About the bursary

The Thomson Reuters Bursary is generously sponsored by Thomson Reuters and administered by the BIALL Awards & Bursaries Committee (ABC). The award is made by ABC following applications received for bursaries to attend the BIALL Annual Conference. The amount awarded is £750 and can be administered as one full bursary or two half bursaries.

Criteria for award of this bursary

  • Applicants must be members of BIALL
  • Recipients of bursaries last year may not apply this year
  • First consideration will be given to applicants:
    • who have been law librarians for less than five years
    • who have not attended a BIALL conference before
    • who would not otherwise be able to attend due to lack of funding from their employer
  • Applicants must be based in the UK or Ireland
  • Bursaries do not include assistance towards travel expenses.

Conditions of acceptance

Recipients of bursaries will be required to write a report for the July meeting of Council.

Recipients may be asked to provide a short (150 words) description of their conference experience for inclusion in one of Thomson Reuters publications or online services, or a BIALL publication.

Past Recipient(s)

2015: The recipient of the Thomson Reuters Bursary was Hannah Poore, UWE.

CLIG Bursary

About the bursary

The CLIG bursary is generously sponsored by CLIG and administered by the BIALL Awards & Bursaries Committee (ABC). The award of the bursary will be decided by majority vote of the CLIG Committee. The total limit of the bursary is £750, and can be administered as one full bursary or two half bursaries.

How to apply: complete the bursary application form and clearly confirm that you are a CLIG member and wish to be considered for the CLIG bursary. When completing the application form, you should give details on:

– why you would like to attend the BIALL Conference

– how attendance would benefit your professional development

– the contribution (if any) that your employer will be making to your attending the conference

– your involvement with CLIG to date.

Criteria for award of this bursary

– Applicants must be members of CLIG

– Recipients of bursaries last year may not apply this year

– First consideration will be given to applicants:

– who have not attended a BIALL conference before

– who have been working in the legal information world for less than five years

– who would not otherwise be able to attend due to lack of funding from their employer

– The CLIG bursary will cover the ‘early bird’ conference fee rates

– Applications for Day Delegate places will be considered, but in these instances accommodation and conference dinner costs will not be covered.

– The CLIG bursary does not include assistance towards travel expenses, and does not cover the costs of the pre-conference seminar.

BIALL Members can still be considered for a BIALL bursary if they are unsuccessful in getting a CLIG bursary

Conditions of acceptance

Recipients of bursaries will be required to write a report about the conference for publication on the CLIG Website

Each year BIALL awards bursaries to help members of BIALL to attend overseas conferences and to assist law librarians from outside the UK to attend the BIALL Annual Conference.

The Awards and Bursaries Committee administers the following bursary schemes:

Attendance at Overseas Conferences

BIALL Overseas Conference Bursaries

BIALL members are encouraged to consider making applications for bursaries to allow attendance at overseas law library conferences. Members are invited to apply for a bursary for any of the major conferences held by related Associations including:

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)  – Auston, Texas, 15 to 18 July 2017.

International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) – Atlanta, Georgia, 22 to 26 October 2017.

Australian Law Librarians Association (ALLA) – Darwin, Northern Territory, 2 to 4 May 2018.

Applications for bursaries for other Law Library Association Conferences will also be considered. The following link provides listings, courtesy of IALL, of conferences and events that may be of interest: IALL Calendar

How much can I apply for?

Up to £1000 is available depending on your application and as determined by the Committee. Additional funding may be available in exceptional circumstances. Please note that the bursaries are intended to assist with costs in attending overseas conferences, not to cover all conference expenses. The applicant will need to contribute additional funds to help cover the entire cost.

How to apply:

Download the Overseas Conference Application Form Completed applications should be submitted to Joy Tilley. All applications received will be confirmed by email.

When to apply:

Deadlines for applications for the above-mentioned 2017 conferences will be announced in due course.

The Committee welcomes applications for bursaries to attend overseas conferences other than those listed above at any time throughout the year.

The process:

The Committee will consider applications shortly after the deadline and applicants will be advised soon afterwards whether or not they have been granted an award.

Criteria for applications:

In order for the Committee to make a decision, applicants are expected to submit a detailed application explaining their particular interest in attending the conference of their choice.  In awarding a bursary the Committee may base its decision on a number of factors including:

  • the quality of the application, including reference to the conference programme and specific sessions of interest
  • whether, or not, an applicant has received a BIALL bursary in recent years. Preference may be given to those who have not benefited from a bursary in the past.
  • if there is an expectation of future commitment and performance in the law library profession
  • proven or potential contribution to and /or participation in the Association’s activities
  • the ability to be a good ambassador for BIALL, including being prepared to participate in conference sessions and activities

All bursary recipients are expected to write a report that may be published in the BIALL Newsletter, LIM or the BIALL Blog.

For further information: please contact Joy Tilley.

Betty Moys Fund

The Betty Moys Fund was established for the purpose of funding overseas professional visits for members of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians.

Elizabeth Mary Moys MBE, who was known to all as Betty, was one of the giants of the law library profession. She died quite suddenly on 1st February 2002 following a period of ill-health. Betty’s contribution to the library and indexing professions was vast but, perhaps, she will be remembered most for her “Moys Classification and Thesaurus for Legal Materials” which has been adopted by so many law libraries throughout the world. This work was originally published in 1968 under the title of “A Classification Scheme for Law Books” and reached a 4th edition by 2001 just prior to her death.

A full account of Betty’s life and career can be found in Legal Information Management, Vol. 2, No.1, Spring 2002, pages 4-7 entitled In Memoriam: Elizabeth Mary Moys 1928 to 2002, written by the then President of BIALL, Barbara Tearle.

Betty was a founder member of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians and, following her untimely death, a bequest from her Will was received by the Association. The gift, which is to be used over a period of ten years, is intended to provide financial support to BIALL Members wishing to:

  • Attend an overseas conference, such as AALL, CALL, IALL or JSI
  • Travel and give presentations on a particular law library project at an overseas conference or meeting.

Previous awards made from the Betty Moys Funds

  • 2005: Emily Allbon, City University, to assist with her attendance at AALL at which she gave a presentation relating to the LawBore Project.

Other Bursaries

BIALL Professional Studies Bursary

About the bursary

The BIALL Professional Studies Bursary is administered by the BIALL Awards & Bursaries Committee (ABC) and aims to support a BIALL member undertaking postgraduate information/library studies in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland.  The award is made by ABC and Council following consideration of applications, with up to £10,000 available towards the payment of course fees.

Applications for the 2017 bursary are open from 6 March 2017 to 30 June 2017 inclusive. Please complete the Professional Studies Bursary Application 2017 and email it to sandra.wolstenholme@bedellcristin.com or post to BIALL Awards and Bursaries Committee c/o Sandra Wolstenholme, Bedell Cristin, 26 New Street, St Helier, Jersey, JE2 3RA.

Criteria:

Applicants must be Personal or Institutional BIALL members.  Applicants may apply if their membership is pending, but Council approval of membership must be given before the bursary can be received. Applicants must have already applied for a place on a postgraduate course.

Successful applicants must be willing to complete one or more of the following:

  • Write a legal-themed dissertation; and/or
  • Contribute article(s) to Legal Information Management, the BIALL Newsletter or the BIALL Blog; and/or
  • Conduct a piece of research on behalf of BIALL; and/or
  • Publish dissertation on the BIALL website

Winners of the 2016 Professional Studies Bursary

The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) was pleased to announce the award of Professional Studies Bursaries to Agnieszka Dyzma and Rose Hubbard.  Each received a contribution of £5,000 towards postgraduate course fees.

Agnieszka Dyzma graduated with a BA (Hons) in Art History and a BA in Russian Studies, and her career in libraries to date has been predominantly within the academic sector.  Particular interests in legal research and a desire to develop a career in Librarianship have led Agnieszka to the postgraduate Library and Information course at Robert Gordon University.  Agnieszka said, “I’m thrilled to have been awarded the BIALL Professional Studies Bursary.  This bursary will allow me to study for an MSc in Information and Library Studies at Robert Gordon University in order to qualify as a law librarian.  I’m grateful to BIALL for the opportunity they’ve given me.”

Rose Hubbard studied Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Spanish) at Peterhouse, Cambridge, graduating in 2014.  She then spent a year working in France before taking up the role of Graduate Trainee Librarian at Lincoln’s Inn, and will be undertaking her postgraduate study at the University of Sheffield.  Rose said, “I am, naturally, delighted to have been awarded this bursary.  Thanks to BIALL’s generosity, it will be much easier for me to continue on in my progression towards becoming a fully fledged law librarian.  Having already enjoyed the support and training which the BIALL community has to offer, I look forward to becoming an active participant of the BIALL community throughout and after my studies.”

Previous winners

2015: Jo Bailey and Eleanor Matthewson

Alex McVitty Award

Alex McVitty worked in the library at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies before completing her MSc in Information Science at City University in 1998. After successfully graduating she went to work at city firm Cameron McKenna. Tragically Alex was killed in a road accident while cycling to work one day – she was just 24.

In memory of Alex, her family, friends and colleagues chose to establish a memorial fund in her name, which will be administered by BIALL. As Alex had struggled to fund herself through her MSc course, combining part-time library jobs with her studies, her family and friends thought it would be fitting to provide an annual award to a postgraduate student wishing to pursue a career in law librarianship.

Because of Alex’s connection with City University, it has been decided to present the award annually to a City University student. BIALL’s Awards and Bursaries Committee administer the award in conjunction with staff at City, who will identify a student who wishes to develop a career in law librarianship and who can demonstrate financial need. The award of £1600 will contribute towards a student’s living expenses, enabling them to study more easily.

This award keeps Alex’s name alive both within BIALL and City University. Those who knew Alex remember her commitment to her career and her determination to succeed and it is hoped that this award will inspire others likewise.

Award Procedure

The award is made annually and is worth £1600. Payment is made in two stages – £800 at the start of the Autumn term and £800 at the start of the Spring term. Staff at the Department of Information Science, City University will use their established bursary procedures to nominate a candidate, and the nomination will then be formally agreed by BIALL’s Membership Services Committee. More details about the application procedure are available from the Department of Information Science’s web pages.

The current recipient of the Alex McVitty Award is Amy Hanley.

Previous Recipients

  • 2011 – Liam Herbert
  • 2010 – Sian Downes
  • 2009 – Hilary Vieitez
  • 2008 – Laura Woods
  • 2006 – Craig Wallace
  • 2005 – Vennese Croisdaile
Bursaries to attend any job-related, relevant course, seminar or conference

Members of the Association are encouraged to apply for a bursary in order to attend any job-related course, seminar or conference. These training events do not necessarily need to be of a legal nature, but could be relevant to other aspects of the role, including management or leadership, for example. A limited number of bursaries to cover the whole, or part of the cost of the event, are available. The bursaries do not include assistance towards travel expenses. Applications will be considered within 2 weeks of being received.

How to apply: click here for a Non-Legal Conference Bursary Form. Applicants should complete the form indicating:

  • Reasons for wishing to attend the nominated event
  • Reasons for applying for a bursary
  • How the nominated event will benefit your current role
  • Full breakdown of the costs for which you are applying

Criteria for applications: Applicants must be members of BIALL. In order for the Committee to make a decision, applicants are expected to submit an application explaining their particular reasons for requesting a bursary in order to attend the nominated event. On this basis applications are welcome from all sectors and circumstances from within the law library and information profession (including academic, law firm, government, special, solo operatives and freelancers).

The Committee will aim to decide on applications within 2 weeks of being received, and applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application as soon as possible afterwards.

Awarding of bursaries: In awarding a bursary the Committee may base its decision on a number of factors including:

  • the quality of the application
  • whether, or not, an applicant has received a BIALL bursary in recent years – preference may be given to those who have not benefited from a bursary in the past.
  • if there is an expectation of future commitment and performance in the law library profession
  • proven or potential contribution to and /or participation in the Association’s activities
  • the ability to be a good ambassador for BIALL, including being prepared to participate in conference sessions and activities

All bursary recipients are expected to write a report that may be published in the BIALL Newsletter, LIM, or the BIALL Blog.

For further information please contact Katrina Lancaster (Committee Chair).

Bursaries to attend BIALL courses

Personal and institutional Members of BIALL may apply for a bursary to attend the following courses which are run by BIALL throughout the year. Please click on the course you are interested in for more details of course and course dates.

Legal Foundations Course
Bursary applications for the 2017/18 course are being accepted until 6pm, Friday 18th August 2017. Apply using the Online form, or contact Agnieszka Dyzma from the Awards & Bursaries Committee.

Legal Reference Materials Course

Foreign and International Law Course
Bursary dates TBC.

For more information on these bursaries please contact Katrina Lancaster, Chair of the Awards and Bursaries Committee.

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