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College of Fellows of CTSI

The College of Fellows (CoF) of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute is a registered charity that has supported both the educational activities of CTSI and the wider trading standards profession for more than 65 years.

We provide vital help for the families and dependants of trading standards professionals who die in service and in other times of crisis, offer financial support for members' educational and research activities, and promote greater understanding of the work of the trading standards profession and consumer protection issues amongst the general public.


The College of Fellows maintains a constant, active and very welcome presence at CTSI's Annual Symposium (a.k.a. the Annual Conference), where you can meet many of our Fellows in person. For more on the role and activities of the College, you might like to read a recent article in the Journal of Trading Standards: The CoF's supporting role - Journal Of Trading Standards


Research Scholarships 

Support for research is given where it is for the benefit of members, the trading standards community, and the general public. We may provide up to 100% funding of costs for CTSI 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 CTSI 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. 


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 College of Fellows' committee, which makes recommendations to the CoF’s annual general meeting, normally held in June at the CTSI Symposium. 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 to support our work, please contact the Secretary at college@tsi.org.uk. 

Similarly, if you have any media, policy or communications enquiries relating to the College of Fellows, or the advocacy/outreach work that CTSI undertakes to further the wider public education aims of the College, please contact us at cofcomms@tsi.org.uk.


Our Charitable Status

Established in 1957, the College of Fellows of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute is a Registered Charity in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (charity registration number: 213351). For more details, including a list of our current Board of Trustees, please see the Charity Commission website

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