Welcome to the

FORUM FOR INDEPENDENT RESEARCH ENDEAVOURS - UK

(FIRE-UK)

Affiliated to the National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS)
fireuk@ncis.org
 

STEERING COMMITTEE
Dr Linda Baines (Oxon)
Dr Hannah Pethen Barrett (Essex)
Dr Janet Smith (Sussex)

NCIS REPRESENTATIVE 
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.

EVENTS 2020
 
ON-LINE SEMINAR "Publishing your thesis."  Wed 8 July   7pm
ON-LINE MEET-UP                                               Mon 8 June   8.30pm
ON-LINE MEET-UP                                               Tue 19 May    7pm
ON-LINE MEET-UP                                                Fri 24 April    3pm 

2019
MEET-UP     11 Dec    Clifton, BRISTOL
MEET-UP       6 Dec    Dept Continuing Education, Oxford University, OXFORD
MEET-UP       4 Dec    British Library, London
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS 2020/2021
Networking and Feedback I - Saturday 24 October 2020 – 15.00 – 16.30 (UK time) This is an opportunity to get to know each other and for you to tell us what you would like from FIRE-UK
Meeting the challenges of independent research  - Tuesday 17 November – 19.30 -21.00 (UK time)  An opportunity to explore the highs and possibly lows of being an independent researcher with like-minded others.
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.
Networking and Feedback II - Wednesday 24 March 2021 – 19.30 – 21.00 (UK time)  This is an opportunity to get to know each other and for you to tell us what you would like from FIRE-UK.
Work in Progress II- Saturday 15 May 2021 -  15.00 – 16.30(UK time) Come and tell us what you are currently working on, what you are researching about, writing about, to share ideas and compare notes with others. 
FIRE-UK Alternative Conference II - Thursday 15 July 2021 – 19.30 – 21.00 (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.
All events will be held online and last for approximately 1.5 hours.  Events will be free of charge.  Places will need to be booked in advance and will be limited to 12 to allow for maximum interaction among attendees.  We will circulate a Zoom link/invitation to those who register to attend 48 hours before each event.
Bookings are now being taken for our first event - Networking and Feedback    15.00 on Saturday 24 October 2020 (See details above).  If you would like to book a place, email me at Linda.Baines@ncis.org

FORTHCOMING UK CONFERENCE 2022
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 2022. We anticipate that this will be a blended conference, accepting both physical and virtual presentations.
 
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

 

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