ARA Leadership Bursary

Applications welcomed for second year of ARA's Leadership Bursary

The ARA offers a bursary each year worth £1500 (or its euro equivalent) to support the professional development of an ARA member. This leadership bursary is open for applications from established managers in archives, conservation or records management who have at least five years of management experience.
Applications are now welcome for year two of the bursary.

In its first year, this bursary was divided and given to Kevin Bolton from Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives for a Prince 2 project management course and to Richard Aitken, Senior Conservator at the Highland Archive Centre in Inverness, studying part time for an MA in Preventive Conservation.
ARA has always provided bursaries for those at an early or post qualification stage of their career. This bursary provides support for those archivists, conservators and records managers who are further along in their careers. The profession needs experienced leaders who are prepared to stand up and speak out when necessary. ARA takes its responsibilities to the sector very seriously
especially in terms of workforce and leadership development.

The application process is simple. Please send your CV, details of the course you wish to do, proof of acceptance onto it and what qualification it might offer.

Then answer the questions below to demonstrate how this course will help develop your leadership potential and what concrete benefit the wider profession will receive from you participating in it.

Application Questions (150 word limit per question)

• What leadership skills do you use in your current role? Please provide examples.
• Why have you chosen this course and how will it help you?
• How will the learning from this course help the profession?

Please send applications to Lorraine Logan at the ARA's main office by the 1 February 2013. Three members of the Board will then assess the applications and aim to make a decision by mid March.

Please note that this bursary is only available to paid up and full members of the Archives and Records Association who are in at least their second year of membership. In return for this investment successful applicants will be asked to write an article for publication and to contribute significantly back to the profession for example by becoming an instructor on the Certificate in Archive Conservation or becoming a mentor on the Registration Scheme.

This bursary will run for three years. Its impact on members and the profession will be monitored and evaluated before the decision is made to continue or end this provision.