Welcome to the
Affiliated to the National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS)
Contact FIRE-UK on fireuk@ncis.org and your message will be forwarded to the steering committee
Are you an an independent researcher based in the UK? Then we'd love to make contact with you! We're here to support the growing community of independent researchers in the UK, which includes postgraduate students, hourly-paid lecturers and emeritus professors, i.e. without a tenured academic post or secure affiliation.
The National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1989, which offers a professional affiliation, support and community to researchers outside the walls of academia. Although incorporated in the United States, NCIS members and activities extend worldwide and across all disciplines. NCIS is part of an enthusiastic international movement of lifelong learners, inquisitive travellers and serious scholarly practitioners. NCIS members support one other in overcoming the isolation related to their lack of institutional support, thus enabling them to make significant contributions in their disciplines.

NCIS offers:
- Easier access to research libraries, institutions, special collections and archives.
- Access to grants and subsidies available to members and NCIS-affiliated groups.
- Specific services for the independent scholar according to their needs.

As a Partner Group affiliated to NCIS, we are open to suggestions from our members. Activities may include: 
- informal regional meet-ups
- physical research days
- virtual research seminars
- virtual discipline-based groups


We are also interested to hear from anyone willing to joining the Conference Committee which will help with the planning and organization of the forthcoming NCIS Conference, to be held at a British university in 2021.  


NCIS UK International Conference (date/venue tbc)


On-line meet-ups due to COVID-19:
             [13-15 May via Zoom - tbc]      
Tuesday 28 April      7pm - 8.30pm BST via Zoom
Friday 24 April          3pm - 4.30pm BST via Zoom



11 December  Meet-up, Clifton, BRISTOL
6 December   Meet-up, Dept Continuing Education, Oxford University, OXFORD
4 December   Meet-up, British Library, LONDON


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National Coalition of Independent Scholars