College of Fellows

The College of Fellows (CoF) is a charity that has supported CTSI and the trading standards profession for more than 60 years. It promotes educational and research activities, as well as providing help for the families and dependants of trading standards professionals who die in service, and in other times of crisis. 


Research scholarships 

Support for research is given where it is for the benefit of members, the trading standards community, and the public, providing up to 100 per cent funding of costs for institute members who meet the criteria.


Overseas research bursaries 

Initially to the value of £1,250, bursaries are offered for short-term projects, to cover travel to the country of the applicant’s choice, and subsistence. 
 
They offer the chance to discover how trading standards tasks are performed overseas, and are available to all categories of TSI membership – although full members with foreign language competence are given priority. 
 
Applicants must identify their preferred project, outline the institutions they plan to visit, and indicate the extent of potential contacts, endorsement and support – particularly from senior management. A summary article of about 1,500 words will be required from successful candidates within three months of their return. 


Support for students and the YCOY competition

Awards to encourage students, contributing members and young people from schools and youth organisations are also supported by the CoF. It sponsors two prizes for top achievers in the Institute’s examination programme, and makes an annual award for the best article published in TS Today. 
The national Young ConsumerS of the Year competition is supported by a significant financial contribution, plus a £1,000 prize and a trophy.


Become a CTSI Fellow

To join the ranks of Fellowship, a CTSI member needs to have ‘gone the extra mile’, either for the profession or in support of the institute. They can then be nominated by another member, if they are seconded and supported by six other members.
 
Nominations are considered by the CoF committee, which makes recommendations to the CoF’s annual general meeting, normally held in June at CTSI Conference. Approval is then sought from CTSI council at its autumn meeting, and successful nominees are formally welcomed into the CoF at CTSI’s next annual conference. 


Contacting the College of Fellows

If you would like to know more about the College of Fellows or make a charitable donation please contact the Registrar at college@tsi.org.uk.