The Butler Scholarly Journal

BIASFREE Student Scholars

Are you intellectually curious and need a platform for your ideas?
Have you considered a career in academia?
Do you want to see your writing published in a scholarly journal?

If you answered yes to these questions, would value the opportunity to hone your skills in academic writing and presentation, and would like the chance to work with world class scholars then read on…


Josephine Butler College is delighted to announce the launch of Butler’s Institute for Advanced Study – Furthering Research and Educational Experience (BIASFREE). BIASFREE will draw together fellows from the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and Co-Fund with selected Butler students to take part in informal scholarly meetings across the year. The meetings will focus on the annual IAS theme for 2014/15 which is ‘Emergence.’ More details of the theme can be found here:

An exciting opportunity to contribute to BIASFREE’s first pilot programme is available to all Undergraduate and Postgraduate student members of Josephine Butler College. We are seeking to recruit a panel of ten student scholars to take part in regular informal scholarly meetings during Epiphany Term and also a one day conference at the end of the programme in Easter Term. We are hoping to form a varied group in terms of subject matter, common room and year group.

Student scholars will be expected to:

• Participate in regular meetings during Epiphany Term (likely to be Thursday evenings 6 – 7pm in conjunction with mentor night);
• Attend 1-2 IAS public lectures on the theme of Emergence;
• Write an article for the Butler Scholarly Journal on the theme of Emergence over the course of the year (support will be available to assist with writing the article, if required);
• Contribute to a one day conference at the end of the programme in Easter Term that will enable all scholars and fellows to present their work in a series of seminars and discussion groups to a wider audience.

Person Specification
The position has the following requirements:

• Be a student member of Josephine Butler College, studying a subject in any discipline and at any level;
• Demonstrate an initial interest in the theme – indicating its relevance to academic and personal scholarly interests (do not be intimidated by the broad theme – your research can be on anything relating to ‘emergence’. Take a look at the links to the IAS site for inspiration);
• Be available to commit to the programme and its various activities during Epiphany Term.

• Demonstrate previous engagement with other scholarly activities at Josephine Butler College (e.g. Butler Scholarly Journal; Student Experience Programme) or in other educational settings.

How to Apply

To apply, candidates should submit 200 words by email explaining why you would like to be a BIASFREE student scholar and why you would be suitable for this position to the BSJ Editor, Steph Young by midnight on Sunday 25th January 2015.

Candidates will be selected during the week beginning 26th January 2015.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Student Support Officer (PG and Presessional), Dr Sarah Townley email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.