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Shut Up and Write: writing retreat for Advance HE Fellowship applicants

The CILIP Information Literacy Group is pleased to host a “Shut Up and Write” session for HE or FE colleagues writing applications for Advance HE fellowships at Associate, Fellow and Senior Fellow level. Taking place on Monday, November 8th, this is a half-day online event providing time, space and guidance for HE or FE colleagues writing their applications.

Date: Monday 8th November, 2021, 2pm-5pm

Location: This event will be held online and bookings are now open

The session will be facilitated by Jane Secker from City, University of London and Sam Aston from University of Manchester, both Senior Fellows who mentor, review and assess at their own institutions.

Using the Pomodoro technique, you will spend fixed amounts of time dedicated to writing your own application. During the session you will spend quiet time alongside others putting words on a page to contribute to your portfolio. The aim of the session is to assist you to carve out time to write in your schedule and to provide peer support through connecting with others who share the same goal.

There will be frequent breaks during which we will discuss the challenges that you are facing as you write and, in particular, how to evidence your practice in relation to the UK Professional Standards Framework.

In addition, you will hear from some colleagues who have already gone through the writing process applying for Fellowship and Senior Fellowship. We are thrilled to welcome Chris Morrison from University of Kent, Kat Halliday from University of Warwick and Tom Peach from York St John University.

We have also built in time before and after the session for informal networking as the virtual room will open at 1.30pm and close at 5.30pm. We really hope that you can join us for an interesting and productive afternoon.

Book your place now!

Bursaries are available for this event. Details below:

The CILIP Information Literacy Group is offering bursaries for this event:

  • 2 for ILG members
  • 2 for BAME CILIP members.

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 an ILG event before, and who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to go.

To submit your application, please write no more than 500 words including the following information:

  • Name
  • Contact details
  • Sector
  • Career stage ( e.g. student, para-professional, new professional, professional, senior management)
  • You should reflect on what you think will be the specific benefits/knowledge that you hope to gain from attending the event.
  • Explain why you need funding and/or your institution cannot pay for you to attend the event.
  • Let us know if you have attended the CILIP or ILG events previously.

Understand that as part of the funding conditions you will need to promote the sponsorship of the group and produce a report for the CILIP Information Literacy Group within two months of the event. This will be published on the Information Literacy Group blog.

Please send your application to with the title “ILG member Bursary Application” or “BAME Bursary Application” depending on your submission by 24th October 2021

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