UKeiG Early Career Award

2015 UKeiG Early Career Award Tropy

This bursary is unavailable for 2017.

Celebrates extra-ordinary and inspirational enterprise in early-career professionals who are members of CILIP.


Offered to early-career professionals who are both members of CILIP and who have no more than five years work experience since gaining their qualification, the award will be presented each year to the individual or team of individuals that have made the most inspirational or enterprising difference - either in their workplace or to the wider profession. UKeiG is looking for a level of professional commitment that has resulted in achievements beyond what was expected of them in the workplace.

Nominations will be accepted from colleagues, management or from the individual concerned - although in the latter case it will be essential to provide signed, third-party support and sponsorship. A prize of £1,000 and a trophy will be awarded.

The Process

A call for nominations will be published in late January each year. 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.

The nominee(s) must be a member(s) of CILIP and in the first five years of their career.

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Procedures and Conditions

  1. Prizes will be awarded to a professional or small team of professionals in the first five years of their career
  2. A nominee should be a member of CILIP (when a group is nominated, the majority should be members of CILIP)
  3. Nominees should be UK residents
  4. The value of the award is £1,000
  5. Nominations may be made by colleagues, senior staff, or as self nominations by the individual or team
  6. Nominations should include documentary support and self nominations must be supported by a sponsor or referee
  7. The closing date for submission will be published as a part of the call for nominations each year
  8. A Panel will be appointed to judge entries and award the prize. The Panel's decision will be final
  9. Prize winners will be asked to write a short piece about the work for which they have received the award for eLucidate
  10. Applications should be sent by email

The 2016 Winners are the founders of the New Library Professionals Network

UKeiG is pleased to announce the winner - or winners, in this case - of our Early Career Award 2016. 

This year's four worthy winners who will receive their cheque and trophy during the CILIP Conference in Brighton (12-13 July) are Amy Finnegan, Catherine McManamon, Helen Monagle and Siobhan Cottam - the founders of the very successful New Library Professionals Network (NLPN). As a direct result of attending the 2012 CILIP New Professionals' Day NLPN was founded: a network that aimed to ensure that new professionals in the North of England could attend, for free, events that explored emerging trends and skills in the library and information sector. Since then, there have been nine CPD events - study days, a teach-meet session at the LILAC conference, three informal quizzes and two visits - and a host of social media activities. The four say that they have filled gaps in their own CPD knowledge as well as creating opportunities for their peers to do the same - filling a void by delivering free CPD events in the North of England. As one of the supporting statements noted:

“The four founder members have all demonstrated a level of professional commitment that has resulted in achievements way beyond what is expected of them in the workplace. They organise all activities in their own time and are continually looking for innovative ways to engage with new professionals through social media, development events and informal activities such as quizzes and visits.”

High praise, which neatly sums up why they are this year's winners.