CIEP Conference Award 2022

Page owner: Equality, diversity and inclusion director

Could you benefit from a free place at this year’s conference?

Attending the CIEP conference has many benefits, and we’re confident it offers value for money. But we know the cost is still prohibitive for some.

We know too that financial barriers intersect with other factors to exclude some members from opportunities. Entry to and progression in our profession – as in the publishing industry more broadly – have historically been barred to some.

With this award, we aim to help dismantle one of those barriers for some members. As we did last year, we’re offering ten free online places at our annual conference, on 10–12 September 2022, supporting participation among people from diverse backgrounds and under-represented communities in one of the main events in the CIEP’s calendar.

How to apply

The Award is open to any CIEP member, at any membership level. We will pay the registration fee for online attendance (£129) in full for the ten successful applicants.

To apply, email the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with a short statement (no more than 250 words) outlining how the award might help you and how you would benefit professionally from attending the conference. The deadline for applications is 5pm BST on 1 July 2021.

Previous applicants may reapply, including those who were successful last year, although we will prioritise new recipients over the latter.

How we will assess applications

The EDI director will anonymise all applications. A panel of CIEP members recruited by the EDI director will then assess the anonymous statements. They will offer the award to the ten applicants who best demonstrate how it will positively impact on their professional development.

We’ll notify successful applicants by 10 August 2021. The names of applicants will be confidential and will be seen only by the EDI director and a member of office staff, who will use your personal details only to register you as a conference delegate.

Completing your application

Think carefully about what information is most relevant in your own circumstances. You might want to consider the questions below, but you don’t have to answer each of them specifically or in depth: they’re there to give you a general idea of the criteria the panel will consider.

We take an honour-based approach. You don’t need to provide proof of your circumstances: we trust that anyone who applies will complete their applications in good faith.

  • Have you attended previous conferences? If so, how many/how often?
  • Have financial constraints stopped you attending previous CIEP conferences or other CIEP events?
  • Have other factors, such as distance or travel constraints, been a barrier to your attendance in the past (whether or not they’re relevant to online attendance)?
  • Have the pandemic or the current economic climate affected your circumstances particularly significantly, in a way that has made it harder for you to attend CIEP events?
  • How do your typical earnings compare with the CIEP suggested minimum rates?
  • Are you able to work enough hours, and earn enough from those hours, to invest in training or other development opportunities?
  • Do you have caring responsibilities or financial dependants?
  • Does your household depend solely on your income from editing work?
  • Did you face particular barriers to entering this profession in the first place?

And as well as mentioning these or any other barriers you believe are relevant, please remember to describe the positive difference you feel attending the conference could make to your professional development.

For any more information or to apply for the award, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).