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BLACA / Stationers' Company Copyright Law Award

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The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers

in cooperation with Queen Mary University of London and King's College University of London

Closing Date Monday 6 July 2020

The BLACA / Stationers' Company Postgraduate Bursary Scheme

The British Literary & Artistic Copyright Association, BLACA, is the UK national group of the International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI) founded in Paris in 1878 under the Presidency of Victor Hugo. It provides a British forum for the examination of matters affecting authors’ rights and neighbouring rights.

The Stationers' Company is the ‘City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content Industries’. Through its Foundation, it supports selected postgraduate courses that are related to a range of trades, from paper, print, publishing, packaging, office products, newspapers, broadcasting and online media.

The BLACA/Stationers' Company postgraduate bursary scheme is designed in line with the institutional aims and objectives of the two awarding organisations. It aims to benefit candidates in the relevant cohort who can show commitment to developing professional and transferrable skills in the content industries.

Eligibility and Nature of Award

The award consists of a bursary for an amount of up to £6,000, to be paid as a contribution towards tuition fees of the successful applicant[s] enrolled during the academic year 2020-2021 for the following programmes:

  • LLM in Intellectual Property Law, at Queen Mary University of London; OR
  • LLM in Intellectual Property and Information Law at King’s College London; OR
  • Postgraduate Diploma/MA in UK, EU and US Copyright Law at King’s College

The following criteria will be taken into consideration: academic merit, financial need and the quality of the application. Short-listed candidates will be required to provide documentary evidence to substantiate their financial needs and to give information as to other sources that will support their ability to take part in the programme.

Payment will occur upon confirmation from the relevant University that the student is taking the requisite minimum number of credits in the specified modules. Applicants should consult the list of subjects deemed to reflect a copyright element in Schedule A below for guidance.

Application procedure

Applicants should submit their Curriculum Vitae and a short Statement of Motivation (maximum 1000 words). Applications should be sent:

By email to:

Mr Simon Clark BLACA Secretary

BLACA / Stationers' Company Postgraduate Bursary Scheme

By post to:

Mr Simon Clark BLACA Secretary

BLACA/Stationers’ Company Postgraduate Bursary Scheme Bristows LLP

100 Victoria Embankment London  EC4Y  0DH   United Kingdom


The deadline for applications is midnight Monday 6 July 2020.


Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview in London in the second half of July 2020. The interview panel will include a member of the Stationers’ Company, a member of the BLACA Executive Committee and a senior academic from each of the Schools of Law of Queen Mary Univeristy of London and King’s College London.

6) Enquiries

All enquiries concerning the bursary scheme or subject guidelines should be directed to Professor Uma Suthersanen, BLACA Committee Member/Queen Mary (email: or Professor Tanya Aplin, King’s College London (email:

Schedule A:  Choice of subjects

Queen Mary University of London

Students must take a minimum of 75 credits on the Intellectual Property Law LLM specialism in copyright related modules as stated below:

LLM Taught Modules (all LLM modules are 15 credits except the written dissertation)

  • Digital Intellectual Property Law (15 credits)
  • International and Comparative Copyright Law (30 credits)
  • Global Intellectual Property (30 credits)
  • Interactive Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law (30 credits)
  • EU Copyright Law (15 credits)
  • Music Industry Contracts (15 credits)
  • Art and Intellectual Property Law (15 credit)
  • Dissertation (on an agreed copyright topic) (60 credits)

King's College University of London

Students will need to take a minimum of 60 credits on the LLM in Intellectual Property and Information Law in copyright related modules as stated below:

  • International and Comparative Copyright Law (40 credits)
  • Copyright and the Music Industry in the Digital Era (20 credits)
  • Commercialisation of IP (20 credits)
  • Competition, IP and the Media (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (on a copyright law focussed topic) (40 credits)

Students enrolled on the Postgraduate Diploma in UK, EU and US Copyright Law will satisfy the minimum number of credits required.