RLUK and The National Archives (TNA) are pleased to announce the Fellows for the Professional Fellowship Scheme 2024-25. After a very competitive application round and given the excellent quality of proposals, the scheme’s Board decided to award five Professional Fellowships for 2024-2025. The successful candidates will commence the work on their proposed projects from February 2024.
Professional Fellowships last for a year to 18 months and are structured around short-term visits to TNA, for RLUK Fellows, and RLUK member institutions, for TNA Fellows, underpinned by a longer period of peer-to-peer mentoring and knowledge sharing. Professional Fellowships focus on a professional-practice question, contribute to a wider piece of work, and facilitate shared learning between TNA and individual RLUK members with the purpose of overcoming some of the collective challenges facing research and cultural organisations.
Below are the Fellows for 2024-25 and details on their projects. The projects investigate pressing issues around the accessibility and preservation of library and archival collections; the importance of articulating the cultural value of collections; the wellbeing of staff when engaging with challenging records; the needs of neurodivergent employees in the library and archival working environment; as well as the role of Research Software Engineers (RSEs) in fostering collaboration and co-learning.