Whether you are a Nobel prize winner, a senior manager, engineer, technician or student, there is a membership category suitable for you
We welcome applications from experienced professionals who:
Each member has his or her own reasons for joining. Often it is a simple desire to give something back to a profession about which they are passionate. When you become a member you will:
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If you have been practising for more than eight years after graduating, you are most likely a candidate to become a Liveryman. Less experienced candidates should expect to join as Freeman. If you are a GCSE student then you may be eligible to become an apprentice. Further into your academic training, post graduate and post doctoral awards are available.
Full details of each category of membership are available below and application forms are available here.
Livermen are people with established careers in scientific instrumentation or related fields.
Liverymen must meet one or more of the following requirements:
Before being admitted as a Liveryman, all candidates must have been granted the Freedom of the City of London.
Commitment of membership is for life so that the knowledge and experience of several generations is retained for the benefit of the Livery's objectives.
Admission is now open to all regardless of nationality.
Note: The expressions "freeman" and "liveryman" are used regardless of gender, and should not be taken to imply that membership is restricted in any way.
There are many benefits of membership:
This is open to new graduates and to those in the early stages of their careers
Freemen are admitted by three traditional routes:
Any child, male or female, born to a Freeman of the Livery, is entitled on reaching the age of 21 to be admitted to the Freedom of the Company and become eligible to claim admission to the Freedom of the City of London.
(i) on successful completion of apprenticeship to a Liveryman;
(ii) on successful completion of a SIM scholarship in higher education, the sponsored scholar may be admitted to Freedom of the Company, initially as a Scholar Freeman.
On payment of an admission fee by people with an adequate knowledge and experience of scientific instruments but who are not sufficiently senior to become a Liveryman; or are eligible but are awaiting a vacancy in the Livery.
Freemen are expected to progress to become Liverymen as soon as they are eligible and if there is a vacancy.
There are many benefits of membership:
The livery awards a number of Arkwright Schlarships each year and a Beloe Fellowship. All recipients are invited to join livery events.
The SIM Charity contributes to the Arkwright Trust, one of the most prestigious engineering scholarship schemes in the UK. Arkwright chooses high-calibre candidates from participating schools and colleges and helps them achieve their dreams.
Each year, Arkwright offers SIM four outstanding scholars for us to take under our wing. These scholars are awarded £300 a year by Arkwright for their two A-Level years. In addition to this, we also offer these high-flyers the chance to be mentored by experienced and well-connected Liverymen by becoming 'apprenticed' to them for four years. SIM Apprentices receive a bursary of £500 a year for up to four years while they are at university.
But remember, your school must be affiliated to Arkwright and you need to apply in year 11. If your school or college is not already affiliated they can apply at the same time as you! Your school will receive £200 as well.
Check out the Arkwright website. After all, you've got nothing to lose, and a lot to gain.
The SIM Beloe Fellowship is our highest award. It supports a single, outstanding post doctoral researcher with £5,000 per year for up to three years. That's potentially £15,000 to be used in whichever way the Fellow decides.
We make no bones about it, the SIM Beloe Fellowship is aimed at high flyers. It is our way of encouraging development of our craft. It is an award based on past achievement and continuing excellence.
Applicants, who must be British subjects, are expected to be involved in the design of instrumentation, rather than its use, and to remain in the practice of scientific instrumentation in the United Kingdom over a period of time.
The successful candidate will usually work in one of our partner universities and be involved in the development of leading-edge, scientific instrumentation.
Our partner universities are:
The Fellow will be expected to attend a number of our livery functions and we also expect an annual report. At the end of the Fellowship, it is usual for the Fellow to apply to be come a Freeman of our Company.
There is only one SIM Beloe Fellow at any one time.
For the next application date, contact your university representative.
Winners of national science, physics and engineering competitions are invited to become SIM Apprentices. Serving Liverymen can also sponsor Apprentices who have shown a strong interest in STEM subjects. Apprentices are usually at school or college and are about to embark on their A-Levels (or equivalent).
Each SIM Apprentice is linked to an experienced, senior Liveryman - an Apprentice Master - who is there to support and mentor his or her Apprentice during A-level years and right through to university graduation.
Remember, all SIM Liverymen, by definition, have to be senior people in the scientific instrument industry and an apprenticeship gives you unprecedented access to their experience. For example, maybe you are unsure which A-levels you should take, whether or not you should consider a gap year, or which universities might offer you the best course. Or maybe it would be good to get another opinion on which career might suit you.
Apprentice Masters will treat you as an adult and can offer unbiased advice, based on their own tremendous experience. It's really useful. Your Apprentice Master is there, not so much to keep an eye on you, but more to offer a pair of willing and interested ears. If your Apprentice Master doesn't have an answer to your question, you can tap into the total expertise resident in the members of the livery.
The other side of being a SIM Apprentice is that you will be able to attend SIM functions in your own right at half price.
SIM is a traditional City of London livery company. Within a traditionally formal, but friendly framework, livery companies have developed into quintessential networking organisations. SIM Liverymen include in their ranks engineers (both mechanical and electronic), scientists from all disciplines: Nanotechnology, Nuclear and Medical Physics, Genetics, Astronomy; and two Nobel Prize winners.
Liverymen come from both the private and public sectors and from industry and academia. Not only will you be able to attend our full progarmme of talks and functions, you will also be encouraged to mix with and meet our members.
Apart from all this, the icing on the cake is that you will be eligible for a scholarship of £500 per year for each year of your undergraduate course for a maximum of four years. That's £2,000! All you have to do in return for this bursary payment is write a short report (one page of A4) once a year summarising your academic and other experiences over the past year.
And, at the successful completion of your four-year apprenticeship, you will be invited to become a SIM Freeman and a Freeman of the City of London. If you are continuing your studies and taking a PhD we may award an additional scholarship of £500 per year for the first three years of your studies.
A SIM Apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity.