Established in 1986 as a memorial to the late Miss Dorothy Sidley, General Secretary to the Humane Slaughter Association for 48 years, the award enables students or trainees in the industry to carry out a project which is clearly aimed at improving the welfare of food animals in markets, during transport or at slaughter. The work may be carried out as an integral part of a student's coursework over an academic year or during the summer vacation. The award provides an opportunity to experience scientific study that is directly relevant to the industry. It is thus a good first step for those wishing to pursue a career in either animal welfare research or animal welfare concerns within the industry. On completion, a full report must be submitted to the HSA. Click on the Previous Winners link for a list of all previous winning projects. Click here for some facts about the Dorothy Sidley Memorial Awards.
Who is eligible for the award?
Applications are welcome from students (or equivalent) in agricultural, biological, medical, veterinary or zoological sciences as well as trainees in the agricultural or animal processing industries. Students must be registered at a university or college in the British Isles or an overseas institution at which there is a UFAW/HSA University `LINK' person. Application forms are available from HSA, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Herts AL4 8AN.Closing date 28th February 2013. An application form can be downloaded here. Click here for an information leaflet.
How much is the award for?
Each award is for up to £2000. Sometimes more than one award is given out in a year depending on the availability of funds and exceptional project proposals. The award money can be used to cover the winner's subsistance as well as research costs.
What is involved?
Applicants are encouraged to design their own projects, with guidance from supervisors, as necessary to ensure that they are scientifically sound. The project must have a clear relevance to the welfare of farmed animals during transport, in markets or at slaughter and must be ethically acceptable. The HSA also makes suggestions for projects in the Dorothy Sidley Memorial Award information leaflet. Applications should be submitted on the relevant forms which are available from the HSA office or to download from this website. The HSA assesses all applications and usually anounces the winner(s) in May each year. The HSA may make suggestions about the proposed methodology or approach based on experience with the industry and animal welfare science fraternity.
On completion of the project, scholars must write up and submit an original copy of the full report, including an abstract. Reports should be typed and spiral bound and must be accompanied by at least one photograph of good quality which is relevant to the work and which can be used to illustrate the project in the HSA Newsletter or Annual Report. The work carried out by scholars should be regarded as confidential to the HSA unless permission to publish is specifically requested. Copies of any publications arising from the work should be forwarded to the HSA.
For a full list of the projects that have been awarded the Dorothy Sidley Memorial Award in the past click here. The award has been a stepping stone with some previous scholars going on to study at Master or Doctorate levels and pursuing a career in academia. Some scholars have stayed in the animal welfare field whilst others have branched out to other animal related careers. Click here for some information on what some previous Dorothy Sidley scholars have been up to since winning the award.
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