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Alison North Award for New Professionals
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The IRMS Alison North New Professionals Award

Running for 10 years in 2020, the Alison North New Professionals' Award recognises those who are new to our profession.

Whether you are someone studying Information and Records Management, newly qualified in the first few years of your career or someone who has just moved into the industry, you could be a winner.

The Prize:

The winner of the New Professionals Award has a choice as to what they would like to receive. The options are the following; 

  • A fully funded place at the IRMS Conference in May, including attendance at the Gala Dinner on the Monday evening, hosted by a member of the IRMS Executive and Alison North herself; or
  • £500 worth of book vouchers to be spent on course materials and books on Information and Records Management.  

As the winner of the New Professionals Award you will also;

  • be asked to submit a paper (most likely your award submission) to the IRMS Bulletin for publication
  • have access to mentoring and advice from Alison North herself
  • join a growing number of previous award winners (one of whom even went on to become IRMS Chair!)

This award is only open to those who are either within the first 5 years of their career in information and records management or who are currently studying full time a subject relating to information and records management. 

If this is you, in order to enter the New Professional's Award you need to write a paper submission based on a topic of your choosing. The topic must relate to information and records in some way but can be about any aspects of it from the abstract to the core fundamentals. The world is your oyster so be as imaginative as you like!

Your entry must;

  • Be no more than 1000 words long
  • Be submitted in word (or similar) format (no pdfs please)
  • Be written in English if possible. If this poses any issues for you please contact us beforehand. 
  • Have been submitted before the closing date of 31 January 2020. See below details for how to submit.

Unlike our other awards you do not need another person to nominate you and you do not need to be a member of the IRMS. However, if you are a student then currently IRMS membership is free so why not become one! 

How to enter:

Please email a copy of your entry, details of who you are and your course (if you are on one) via email to before the 31 January 2020.

Past winners:

You can find details of our past winners and runners up here.

The Judging Panel:

Scott Sammons:

Scott started his information life in the public sector and now is a self employed consultant and Chair of the IRMS, Scott has contributed to a number of blogs, publications, podcasts and standards around information management, especially around Data Protection. 

Scott was awarded the New Professional Award in 2012 having submitted a paper on the then draft EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). His paper earned points for being a mixture of humour, legal analysis and practicality on a subject that even back then was starting to get hype and myth around it. 

While Scott would still consider himself a New Professional, in his words;

"I am very proud and yet humble that I was nominated Chair to lead the IRMS. Amongst the many great things and people I get to worth, the cherry of them all is working with Alison to look at and support the upcoming new professionals of tomorrow". 

You can follow Scott on twitter and IRMS members can find his submission titled "Privacy: You say tomato, I say Privatse" in the papers area of the IRMS members.

Alison North:

Alison started her information management life in the oil and gas industry in Scotland where she became the first woman to work on a North Sea old platform. She owned her own company for 25 years, before selling it in 2011. 

Alison is author of many papers and articles as well as “Managing Records Retention and Disposal”. She was honoured by the Information and Records Management Society in 2010 with a Lifetime Achievement Award and appointed a Fellow in 2013.

In 2016 Alison delivered a TedTalk on Information. Whilst we may believe that we have “too much information” much of it is irrelevant and hides that which has the ability to deliver a better world. You can find the talk on YouTube and you can follow Alison on twitter

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