Welcome to the



Affiliated to the National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS)


Dr Linda Baines (Oxon)
Dr Vanessa Mongey (Tyne & Wear)
Dr Hannah Pethen Barrett (Essex)
Dr Jasmine Hazel Shadrack (Northamptonshire)
Dr Janet Smith (Sussex)

Dr Amanda Haste (Devon)

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.


FIRE-UK Alternative Conference I   Sunday 10 January 2021 – 15.00 – 16.30 (UK time) A virtual online mini-conference for you to present your research and/or to hear about your peers’ research.  20 minutes presentation with 10 minutes for questions.
QuickFIRE Conference                       Wednesday 24 March 2021 – 19.30 – 21.00 (UK time)  An opportunity for FIRE-UK members to present their recent research and work-in-progress. Download the QuickFIRE Conference Programme here.
FIRE-UK Networking Event               Thursday 10 June 2021 – 19.30 – 21.00 (UK time) An opportunity to meet the FIRE-UK Steering Committee and other UK-based independent researchers.
All events will be held online and last for approximately 1.5 hours.  Events will be free of charge.  We will circulate a Zoom link/invitation to those who register to attend 48 hours before each event.

To attend a FIRE-UK event please email lbbaines@gmail.com

FIRE-UK is an affiliated Partner Group of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS), 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



Meeting the challenges of independent research     17 Nov 2020
Networking and Feedback I Saturday                      24 October 2020
ON-LINE SEMINAR "Publishing your thesis."     8 July 2020
ON-LINE MEET-UP                                               8 June 2020
ON-LINE MEET-UP                                               19 May  2020
ON-LINE MEET-UP                                                24 April  2020  


MEET-UP     11 Dec    Clifton, BRISTOL
MEET-UP       6 Dec    Dept Continuing Education, Oxford University, OXFORD
MEET-UP       4 Dec    British Library, London

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