Bursary places are not generally available, but access to register as a bursary steward are give to those who are deemed eligible. 

Bursary Steward registration costs are significantly reduced in exchange for you contributing time to support the event.  You will be allocated approx 10 hours of stewarding across the three days of the event.  When drawing up the rota we take into accounts sessions in which you are giving a presentation or leading a workshop, and/or any workshops you’ve booked to attend.   

Stewarding duties are not onerous, you’ll be able to participate and listen to any sessions that you’re asked to steward.  You will also be given a short shift to support the production team, either over part of one of the lunchtimes, a break or at registration.   

To register as a steward you’ll need to be approachable and able to help people and be reliable.   Some stewarding duties require you to be able to use a computer, and because we’re running a hybrid face2face/digital event, we’ll need some stewards to support people engaging with the event via the online platform.   


Stewards Briefing

You need to attend at least one Briefing meeting and one advance meeting on Zoom.  Cat Radford will let you know when the meetings are happening by email when she send you your stewarding roles.


Your responsibilities

Being a steward comes with a light work load but very serious responsibilities.  We try out best to accommodate your needs – so we hope you’ll do the same for us as well.

Session stewards need to be at the venue at least 15 minutes before the session starts. Look out for people milling around the presenter desk or the front of the space as they are quite likely to be the presenters in the session. Learn who is presenting in your session and seek them out (everyone should be wearing their name badge)

Each presenter needs to load their presentation (if they have one) onto the computer and it’s your job to help them. It’s a simple as sticking a USB stick into the computer and copying the file to the relevant day’s folder. Allow the presenter to test their presentation but don’t allow them to take up too much time as others may be waiting to do the same. If you’re not comfortable with doing this, let us know. You should be doing a different job!

Otherwise your only job is to help move people out of the scape calmly if there is a fire alarm, and to be there to help people if the have questions. If you can’t help, refer them back to the conference desk


General information

You will find general information about coming to Borrowed Time here.

Please familiarise yourself with it and with the Dartington map as you may be asked to direct people. Get to know what is where by looking at the conference map (published soon, and in your printed programme)


Taking your duties seriously

Unfortunately a few people who are given the opportunity to attend our events as a Steward don’t feel they have to take their responsibilities seriously.  If you fail to turn up either for a Briefing Meeting and/or to your assigned duties we retain the right to ask you to leave or to pay as a full delegate. When you register as a Steward you are agreeing to abide by this rule.