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The 3rd Podcast is now available

Friday, 15 November 2013

Podcast 003 in our IRMS Podcast Series is now available to listen too. The podcast sees Heather Jack interview Hugh Hagan, a Senior Public Records Officer with the National Records of Scotland, on the Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011.  

To listen to the podcast please visit https://irmspodcast.wordpress.com/.  The podcast is 47 minutes long. Future podcasts will be announced via the IRMS website, Twitter account, LinkedIn account and Facebook account . 

Previous podcasts that can be found include an interview with Christian Walker @chris_p_walker on auto-classification and e-mail which is approximately 30 minutes long. The second podcast is with Paul Gibbons @FoIManUK on the use of private email accounts in UK government.  

Podcasts will be published regularly throughout the year.  We hope that you enjoy the podcasts and find them informative. If you have any questions or comments on the podcasts please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you have any suggestions for podcast interviews and themes please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The IRMS greatly appreciate the hard work of James Lappin and Heather Jack in producing the podcasts for the Society. You can follow James @JamesLappin and Heather @akaIRMbigyin on Twitter.

New Podcast from IRMS - Guest Paul Gibbons (FOI man) on the use of private e-mail in UK government

Saturday, 02 November 2013

https://irmspodcast.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/irms002-paul-gibbons/

IRMS002-Paul Gibbons (FOI man) on the use of private e-mail accounts in UK government

Paul Gibbons is a Freedom of Information practitioner, and author of the  FOI Man blog.  He is @FoimanUK  on twitter.

In this discussion Paul discusses recent FOI case law around the use of private e-mail accounts by ministers and political staff in UK government.

Paul  discusses:

  • the Mrs Blurt case – where the Information Commissioner Christopher Graham ruled that e-mails sent by Education Secretary Michael Gove from a private account should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act
  • the ‘subtle differences’ between the guidance issued by the Information Commissioner and that of the Cabinet Office on the use of private e-mail accounts
  • the records management implications of the use of private e-mail accounts

The conversation between  James Lappin and Paul Gibbons took place on 23 September 2013. The podcast is 20 minutes long.

The podcast is introduced by your hosts Heather Jack and James Lappin

List of things mentioned in the interview:

  • The ‘Mrs Blurt‘  case
  • Information Commissioner’s Guidance on official information held in private e-mail accounts

IRMS Alison North New Professionals Award 2014

Tuesday, 01 October 2013

Each year, The Information and Records Management Society awards recognised individual IRM professionals and this year is no exception.  Returning to your attention, in its fifth year of running, is the New Professional’s Award. Alison North has kindly offered sponsor this award.

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 Record and Information 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. 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

Well, it is attendance at our Annual Conference in May 2014 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 arrangement to attend conference but 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 what’s 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 our Groups Officer, Scott Sammons at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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 2014

Following the announcement at conference, one of our two 2013 winners had this to say about their awards;

“I heard about the IRMS Alison North New Professional Award on Twitter and marked it in my diary as something to think about at the start of December.  However, when I read the previous winners, I abandoned all hope of entering - I was not convinced that I had much of a hope, given the excellence of what had gone before.  At the last minute, I bolted together an essay influenced by one of my favourite films and then forgot all about it.  Several months later, I was surprised and delighted to receive news that I had won.

Before coming to the conference I ensured I had several films on my tablet as being an FOI officer I wasn’t convinced that spending three days at a records managers conference would offer me much and I did not want to get bored.  However, having said that the executive committee were so lovely, looking after me and the conference itself was brilliantly organised and really informative.  I learned so much about IRM and made some very good friends - truly, records managers do work and play harder than almost anyone else!

I would like to thank IRMS & Alison North for a wonderful weekend and for my award.  Regarding films that I put on my tablet? Two months later, I still haven't watched them!”

Bilal Ghafoor

Statement on Behalf of the IRMS

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

The Information and Records Management Society (IRMS) is aware that in the UK most unpaid internships are illegal, and that the House of Commons is preparing new legislation to ban adverts for such roles.

In light of this, the IRMS has decided to pre-empt this legislation and prohibit all adverts for unpaid internships or other such unpaid positions on all media and social media channels that the IRMS control, with immediate effect. Failure to comply with this policy, may result in membership of IRMS controlled media being revoked.

Thank you

Nicholas Cooper

Chair, IRMS

Discounted training with Amberhawk Training Limited

Monday, 29 July 2013

Discount offered to IRMS Members

Amberhawk Training Limited, a leading provider of exam success for data protection and FOI officers is pleased to offer the following “deals” to the Information and Records Management Society up till the end of October 2013. (£240 off the Data Protection course in September in Edinburgh; £450 off the Data Protection course in Leeds starting in October and the FOI course starting in London (also in October);

 

  1. Edinburgh leading to the BCS/ISEB qualification in data protection (Intensive course; 7 days in total)

Training: 16th – 20th  Sept 2013 (5 full days; near Haymarket)

Half day Mock exam: 7th  Oct 2013

All day Exam technique tutorial: 14th  Oct 2013

BCS/ISEB exam: 25th  Oct 2013

 Cost is £2,000 plus VAT (Details of course content on www.amberhawk.com): additional discount of £240

  

  1. Leeds leading to the BCS/ISEB qualification in data protection (42hrs - full syllabus course; 10 days in total)

 Training: Starts 17th   18th October ending 28th  November 2013 (7 full days; next to Leeds Station)

Half day Mock exam: 12th  December 2013

All day Exam technique tutorial: 15th  January 2014

BCS/ISEB exam: 24th  January 2014

Cost is £2,500 plus VAT (Details of course content on www.amberhawk.com): additional discount of £450

 

  1. London leading to the BCS/ISEB qualification in FOI (42hrs - full syllabus course; 10 days in total)

Training: Starts 9th   10th October ending 26th  November 2013 (7 full days; next to Moorgate Tube Station)

Half day Mock exam: 11th  December 2013

All day Exam technique tutorial: 14th  January 2014

BCS/ISEB exam: 24th  January 2014

Cost is £2,500 plus VAT (Details of course content on www.amberhawk.com): additional discount of £450

 

Testimonials about this course and other details are on the Amberhawk web-site www.amberhawk.com. Those members interested should contact Amberhawk direct on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., referring to this offer and quoting their IRMS membership number.  This discount applies to both individual and corporate members.

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