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Nominations open for IRMS Fellowships and the 2015 Profession Awards

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

IRMS Profession Awards

IRMS is looking for nominations for the following awards:

  • Information and Records Management Professional of the Year
  • Information and Records Management Team of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

We are also inviting nominations for our Special Award i.e. something that may not fit in any of the existing categories.  If you can think of someone deserving of such an award, let us know.

We have for some years accepted self-nominations for the Team of the Year award and this year we are extending this to the Professional of the Year award.

Who should be nominated for an award? 

In the past people have been regognised for the following:

  • Improvements in changes to the way people work,
  • Valuable contributions to the profession,
  • An outstanding conference paper/article etc.,
  • Delivery of excellent training,
  • Innovative use of I&RM techniques,
  • New initiatives,
  • Successful implementation of a project etc. 
  • Consistent long term commitment to the profession
  • Ongoing dedicated work in a variety of areas
  • Supporting staff, professionals and colleagues

IRMS Fellowships

IRMS Fellowships recognises the leaders of the profession.

Again self-nominations will be accepted but any nomination must be accompanied by 2 references/statements in support of nomination

Criteria

  • Experience: Applicants will have a minimum of 10 years practitioner experience in the IM/RM sector.
  • Eminence: An eminent individual recognised and acknowledged across the IM/RM sector and beyond. With a broad knowledge or be recognised as an expert in a particular field, and should have made a significant contribution to the sector and its perception to the general public.
  • Authority: An authoritative individual is recognised and respected for their knowledge and expertise in the sector, or has contributed to the development and perception of the IRMS or IM/RM sector
  • Seniority: Typically, an individual in a senior position with a range of experience with, or has had, responsibility for a large project or project design.

The Nomination process

What does a nomination contain?

In all cases we require a statement of nomination in all cases and if self-nominated we need a reference from a third party in support.

Who can be nominated?

Anyone professional individual (or team) engaged in the management, control or use of information can be nominated.

Who can nominate?

All members of the Society can nominate/ self-nominate.  Membership numbers should accompany all nominations

How are nominations submitted?

Nominations for both awards and fellowships should be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When is the closing date?

All nominations must be received by no later than Sunday 22 March 2015.

The IRMS Alison North New Professionals' Award

Monday, 19 January 2015

IRMS Alison North New Professionals' Award - extended closing date!

Each year, the IRMS Awards recognise individual IRM professionals. Now in its sixth year of running is the New Professionals' Award, kindly sponsored by Alison North.

If you are within the first 3 years of your career in Information and Records Management, whether you are a student, employed or self-employed you are eligible to enter.

To enter simply submit a written piece of work between 1500 and 2000 words in MS Word format to the awards team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The piece can be on anything IRM related. To see some previous examples of winning entries check out www.irms.org.uk/articles-papers. Once the closing date has arrived, your application will be judged by a small panel of IRM experts including Alison North herself.

This year's closing date has been extended to the 31st March 2015. To find out more information about the award, including more details about the winners prize, please visit www.irms.org.uk/about-us/awards/newprofessional.

Don't delay apply today!

Scott Sammons AMIRMS
Treasurer, IRMS
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2015 IRMS Alison North New Professional’s Award

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The IRMS Alison North New Professional’s Award

Each year, The Information and Records Management Society Awards recognise individual IRM professionals. In its sixth year of running is the New Professional’s Award, kindly sponsored by Alison North.

Alison North is the author of the book ‘Managing Records Retention and Disposal’ and an authority on the implementation of records management programmes to improve business efficiency, promote transparency and achieve compliance. Alison has worked extensively as a consultant in both the public and private sector.

Alison is supporting the Society in inviting new members of the profession at all levels to engage with their colleagues in the ever-growing community that surrounds Information and Records.

Can I enter?

You are eligible for this award if you are within the first 3 years of your career in Information and Records Management, whether you are a student, employed or self-employed. There is no age limit.

If you have concerns as to whether you are in the qualifying period for this award, please email in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What do I write about?

No theme is too wacky, as long as it is based around the entrants’ issues, thoughts or experiences in Information and Records Management.

The Prize

The prize is attendance at our Annual Conference in May 2015 and comprises full delegate fees and accommodation. What’s more is that should the winner already be in receipt of an employer paid/fully sponsored place at Conference, then the prize will be equivalent monies to be used on IM/RM related books, DVDs and/or CPD!

When will I find out?

The winner will be informed before conference in time to allow them to make arrangements to attend conference. Their win will be announced publicly at the Conference Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony, at which they will presented with an award certificate and trophy. Expect to hear from us between February and March.

Bring your best outfit, the conference gala dinner attracts a lot of delegates dressed in their best to dine and dance the night away; women in cocktail dress and Men in black tie.  Each year gets bigger and better so you definitely want to be there and whats more, you want to be there as an award winner!

How do I enter?

A written piece of work between 1500 and 2000 words on a word file by emailing the awards team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Once the closing date has arrived, your application will be judged by a panel of IRM experts including Alison North herself. Don’t delay, apply today!

Closing Date: 31st January 2015

Many thanks,

Scott Sammons AMIRMS
Treasurer, Information & Records Management Society

IRMS has been nominated for an InfoGov Award!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Dear all,

I am delighted to advise that IRMS has been nominated for an InfoGov Award. The InfoGov Awards are organised by the New Information Governance Conference being held in Hartford, CT on September 8-10 http://www.infogovcon.com/

These awards are a way of recognising the best resources in the Information Governance industry. This is the first year of the awards and it is an honour to be nominated. 

We are nominated in the category for Best #InfoGov Resource (Website/Publication/Group) for the fabulous and innovative podcast programme put together by Heather Jack and James Lappin. 

I am sure you will join me in congratulating both on their wonderful work on these podcasts- which are evidently reaching an audience not only here in the UK but also across the Globe!

The winner of the award will be determined by online vote. For those wishing to cast their votes in favour of the nomination, of whom I am hoping there will be many, the voting page can be reached from this URL

http://www.infogovcon.com/infogovcon-information-governance-conference/awards/infogov-awards-voting 

With thanks in anticipation of your support!

Warm regards

Meic

Meic Pierce Owen AMIRMS
Chair, Information & Records Management Society

IRMS is looking for an eOfficer!

Monday, 30 June 2014

The IRMS Executive Committee is looking for an individual to join the Executive Team in the voluntary role of e-officer.

The successful applicant will be a member of the Society and will possess a good working knowledge of electronic media systems and the contemporary electronic media communications landscape. S/he must also have good IT and communication skills.

S/he will work primarily with the Secretary and the Communication and Content Directors to manage the operations and content of the Society's website as well as being charged with advising the Exec on technologies that can benefit the work of the Society.

The successful candidate will also play a full part in the broader work of the Executive. Please note that while the role does not carry a vote within the Executive, that debate within the  Exec team is open with the views of all team members carrying equal value.

With regard to time commitment, it is expected that the new e-officer will be in a position typically to commit to around an hour a week as well as attending monthly Executive conference calls (of 1 hour's duration) together with quarterly meetings (typically travelling on a Sunday to attend the full day meeting on the following day).  Travel expenses will be covered.

Applications should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and should take the form of an email of around 200-300 words. In this, applicants should state why they would like to take up this role and what they hope to offer.  The application should also include a copy of the applicant's CV.  This in turn should include a summary of the applicant's electronic media and IT skills and experience.

The closing date for applications is close of business on July 14 2014. A full post specification can be found here.  For clarification or further information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applicants will hear back from us within 2 weeks of the closing date. 

Note: in the event of a number of suitable applicants expressing an interest in the role, the Exec will, as is customary, seek to involve all who have shown an interest.

Sincerely,

Meic Pierce Owen
Chair, Information & Records Management Society

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